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Global Local: Community engagement

Participatory democracy: Citizens’ Assemblies Each week we focus on a different global topic, highlighting innovative content and insights from LGIU and our members around the world.   We are used to hearing that democracy is in trouble around the world. But on a local level, two challenges – distrust and disinterest – are also fraying…

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Global Local: freshwater management

Freshwater management This week, we’re putting the spotlight on all things local water management, from clearing pollution and improving biodiversity to securing the supply of fresh, safe drinking water. Almost half of the world’s population already live in areas suffering from water scarcity, but this number is predicted to approach 60% by 2050. Global and…

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Global Local: Pride edition

Pride: representation during June and beyond This week, we’re putting the spotlight on local government’s responsibility to serve LGBTQIA+ communities, through Pride, representation and more. Pride Month commemorates the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equality faced by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ), while also celebrating progress and achievements by people…

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Global Local: Nudges

Behavioural ‘Nudging’ You may have heard of how behavioural theory can ‘nudge’ populations, but how are local governments utilising these insights and techniques? Nudge theory refers to using principles of behavioural economics to enhance communications or processes in ways that make people more likely to take the action you are aiming for, without forcing people into compliance.…

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Global Local: Skills for new councillors

Skills for new councillors This week’s edition puts the spotlight on councillors, by exploring the key skills they need to perform their roles effectively and how best to support them. There are more than six million elected members of deliberative local government bodies around the world (UN). Each year, elections take place in thousands of…

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Global Local Think Tank Review: May 2022

Global challenges, local solutions Your monthly review of the latest local government research and policy from leading think tanks around the world. This roundup is only available with a Global Local Subscription – available to LGIU corporate members and to individual Global Local subscribers. This month’s edition focuses on recent elections in Europe, as well…

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Global Local: Anchor institutions

Anchor Institutions This week’s edition focuses on anchor institutions; in particular how local governments can utilise power and collaborate to achieve social outcomes. Anchor Institutions are large organisations that are based in and have a long-term commitment to an area, often demonstrating this commitment by using their place-based economic power to align themselves with and strengthen their local communities.…

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Global Local: The Malmö Summit

The Malmö Summit – reporting from the ICLEI World Congress Last week we attended the global sustainability conference to bring you content and coverage of conversations, themes, lessons, and global examples. Last week, Global Local team members were at the ICLEI Congress – an international gathering of local governments supporting sustainability. It was both inspirational…

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Global Local: Extreme heat

Extreme heat This week, we’re putting the spotlight on initiatives to mitigate extreme heat impacts in the long and short term. Extreme heat is one of the deadliest climate-driven natural disasters but is often taken less seriously by the public than storms, floods, or wildfires, as its impacts seem less visible. In the USA, extreme…

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Global Local: Ending rough sleeping

Housing first: Ending rough sleeping Each week we focus on a different global topic, highlighting innovative content and insights from LGIU and our members around the world.   After steadily worsening for more than a decade, in many countries homelessness became an unexpected ‘good news’ story amid the Covid-19 pandemic as many governments found the…

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