Annual Update 2019 VNG International

Dealing with

Conflict, Fragility

and Migration

by strengthening

local government

Recent / Ongoing Projects

Security is a basic human need, and  providing security and protection is a prime responsibility of governments. In fragile environments, local government can play a crucial role in promoting dialogue and restoring the social contract between the state and citizens, also through concrete measures such as making public spaces safe, providing safe access for women to fields and markets, etc. Some of our projects focus on that local government role.


With the enormous numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, in various regions of the world, also the strain on host communities has become more visible than ever, in terms of the pressure on basic services, housing, employment, transport, etc. We firmly believe that this requires a new approach to the reception of refugees in their region of origin, connecting relief interventions with long term local development. That’s why we seek coordination with UN agencies and relief organisations.




DRC, Consortium for the Integrated Stabilisation and Peace of Eastern DRC  |  01-11-2015 / 30-04-2019

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda




DRC, Inawezekana 'It is possible'  |  01-09-2017 / 31-12-2021

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: ZOA International, Warchild Holland



Jordan, Lebanon, Local Government Resilience Programme for the Middle East and North Africa  |  13-11-2015 / 31-03-2019

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: City of Amsterdam, City of Almere, City of The Hague



Lebanon, Iraq, MASAR, Maintaining Strength and Resilience for Local Governments  |  19-12-2018 / 19-12-2021

donor: European Commission



Libya, Local Governance and Stabilization Project

16-12-2015 / 15-06-2019

donor: European Commission; Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

The Netherlands



Libya, Mali and Niger, Improving Stability in Settings of Fragile or Limited Statehood: Harnessing the Potential of Traditional Authorities for Local Government Interventions

01-12-2018 / 30-09-2019

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations



Worldwide, UCLG Peace Prize 2018-2020 | 01-01-2018 / 31-12-2020

donor AND CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: Vfonds; Diputació Barcelona, xarxa de municipis; Tromso Municipality; Gipuzkoa Regional Council; PAX for Peace; UCLG; VNG Fund for Emergency Aid, Reconstruction and Peacebuilding