Global Local

LGIU’s new individual membership

Global challenges, local solutions

Global Local is an international information service connecting you to global best practice, innovation and expertise on key local government topics. Featuring high-level insights from councils across the globe, Global Local creates a space for shared solutions to help local government deal with today’s most challenging issues.

Our weekly newsletter brings you up to speed with the latest thinking on complex issues in an easily digestible format. Each week we address a different theme that local governments are grappling with around the world – from urban heat to rural transport, from designing child-friendly spaces to supporting people with dementia and their families.

For less than $1 a week, you’ll get insight, innovation and practical insight from local governments, policy makers and researchers across the globe. Our archive of topics lets you search on key issues and you’ll have full access to:

  • our global policy briefings
  • our monthly think tank reviews – highlighting the latest research and thinking from people solving global challenges locally
  • research from our Local Democracy Research Centre
  • opportunities to get involved in practical research and networking events.

How to get it

Sign up with us and choose our Global Local subscription. There’s nothing to pay for 60 days. If your organisation is already a member, sign up and enjoy the benefits straight away.

Not sure yet?

Get our free weekly newsletter highlighting stories from councils around the world and maybe your story, too.

Our Global Local Recap is free for anyone – just sign up. Signing up is simple. If you’ve never signed up with us before – or you’re not sure if you have – register here and choose the Global Insight package. If you are registered on the website, go back to check your preferences and make sure you’ve chosen the Global Local Recap.

How to shape it

Global Local will be driven by your information needs. We want your ideas of themes to cover each week and – if you’re willing – detailed feedback. We also want to share your stories of innovation and challenge. You can share ideas here and we’ll offer an opportunity to feed back each week.

What have we covered in Global Local so far?

From social procurement to energy affordability, we’ve provided instant expertise on a range of pressing issues affecting local government.

Catch up here.

New: Quarterly round-up

This curated edition allows you to revisit your favourite topics from 2022 so far – and gives our new readers a chance to catch up on what they have missed. Read our content here.

Global Local: 2021 in Recap

At the end of our first year of Global Local, we recapped the challenges we shared and the lessons highlighted. Read our content here.

Recent newsletter editions

Our free archive allows you to access the latest editions of Global Local. Check it out here.

Topical insights

Global Local offers a fresh local government perspective on headline issues – providing nuanced context and highlighting practical responses and policy guidance.

Here are a few recent examples.

Ukraine invasion: local government resources

A special edition focused on the implications of the Ukraine invasion for local government globally. LGIU is continuing to gather key resources about how the sector can provide leadership and adapt, including in areas such as information security, democracy, and cost of living impacts. Access our resources here.

Flood resilience and recovery

Severe flooding continues to impact communities around the globe, disrupting lives and livelihoods and causing lasting damage to infrastructure and housing. This bundle highlights innovative local government policy to prevent and manage flooding, echoing the content of the same week’s Global Local. View our content here.

Resettling refugees and migrants

In the wake of another humanitarian crisis following the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and collapse of the Afghan government, we delved into local government policy focused on resettling migrants and refugees for Global Local last September. View our content here.

Access more

Beyond our flagship newsletter, Global Local connects you with an international community of local government innovators through cutting-edge research, panel events, and a comprehensive case study library shaped by our readers.

Find out what we offer here.

Think Tank Review

Our monthly Think Tank Review surveys the freshest insights and outputs from think tanks relevant to local government worldwide. Read our latest edition here.

Get involved

Join thousands of weekly Global Local subscribers by signing up here and choosing the Global Insight package.

Do you have a story to share on any topic? Which topics would you like us to cover next? We’d love to hear from you.

Drop us a line at or fill in this simple form on our website. You can also get in touch with us via Twitter at @GlobalLocalLGIU.