Measuring Capacity development of Local Governments and their Associations

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), in its role as the global organisation representing the interests of local government and their associations, has brought together local government associations (LGAs), cities and regional authorities to foster collaboration and a common understanding of development cooperation among members and partners.

Within UCLG, the Working Group on Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) of UCLG acts as a technical platform bringing together professionals from LGAs and individual local governments active in the field of capacity development and local government development cooperation. The overarching goal of the platform is to build a pool of knowledge and exchange around the most effective methodologies of capacity building and to, ultimately gain more attention and recognition for LG development cooperation, within and outside of UCLG.

Considering the current quest for results in development, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has become an increasingly important topic in the work of UCLG CIB Working Group. The present policy recommendations reflect the position of the UCLG CIB members and summarises the findings of a survey conducted amongst CIB members in October-December 2015 around their M&E approaches and practices. The paper aims to highlight the specificities of M&E of capacity development (CD) initiatives undertaken by and with local governments (LGs) and to identify ways in which M&E can be most successfully used in this specific context.