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Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
It is a bilateral development finance institution established in 1941. It works on behalf of the French government and it aims at financing development according to France’s Overseas Development Assistance policies. The website (in French and in English) provides information on projects, publications, aid effectiveness, research and evaluation as well as tools and commitments.

The Association of Municipalities of Mali (AMM)
The Association of Municipalities of Mali (AMM) is a platform of 703 municipalities of Mali that also includes the District of Bamako which has a particular status. Created in 2000, the goal of AMM is to safeguard the autonomy of the public administration and also to strengthen the role of local democracy.

City Mayors
Established in 2003, City Mayors is an independent internet platform specializing in urban governance. It encourages city leaders from across the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-standing urban problems such as housing, transport, education and employment. City Mayors also debates ways to meet the latest environmental, technological, social and security challenges, which affect the welfare of citizens.

City-to-City cooperation (C2C)
It is a programme launched by the UN-HABITAT in order to develop decentralised cooperation with cities supported by the LA21 Programme

Confederation of Funds for Cooperation and Solidarity
Established in 1996, the Confederation of Funds for Cooperation and Solidarity is a non-profit organization, aimed at fostering decentralized cooperation. Moreover the Fund manages economical funds, promotes public awareness campaigns and contributes to become a stable network for decentralized cooperation. The website (in English, French, Spanish, Basque, Catalan and Galician) provides publications and activities as well as an observatory on decentralized cooperation.

FAO Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP)
It was created in 2002. With the aims help tackle poverty and food insecurity, the programme promote networking among local government institutions in developed and developing countries.

Fondo Andaluz de Municipios para la Solidaridad Internacional
Established in 2000, the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) aims at strengthening the development cooperation promoted from Andalusian local authorities. FAMSI has been created by the Andalusian provinces and municipalities to support the actions of international cooperation for development especially in three areas: rehabilitation and development, humanitarian and emergency assistance, and awareness and education for development. There is an agreement between the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP) and FAMSI, which recognizes the role of FAMSI power and the articulation of the two entities together to promote international cooperation in Andalusia. The website in Spanish promotes documents, news, programs, events, campaigns, training, publications, audiovisual; communication, links, agenda, 60 anniversary declaration human rights, millennium development goals and policy forum women local/forum woman in local policies.

Fons Català de Cooperació al Desenvolupament
Established in 1986, the Catalan Fund of Cooperation for Development is a non-profit association. It is composed by all public institutions (town councils, county councils, province councils and autonomous government) which wish to take part in the initiative of promoting decentralized development cooperation. In particular the Fund aims at encouraging municipalism and local development, migration and development programme, promotion of human and people’s rights, as well as human and sustainable development.

Informative System about the Decentralised Co-operation of Tuscany
This is a database about decentralized co-operation. It gathers decentralized co-operation projects and a free list of several documents and contacts. Furthermore, registered users can upload, change or delete data and are given the opportunity to use the database to improve their visibility and spread the information about their activities.

Interregional Observatory on Development Co-operation (OICS)
The OICS is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by the Conference of the Presidents of the Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces. It supports processes of decentralized cooperation. This website (in Italian) provides documents, publications, events, links and policies related to decentralized co-operation.

Inwent- Capacity Building International
Inwent is a non-profit organisation with worldwide operations dedicated to human resource development, advanced training, and dialogue. It is a very large-scale joint undertaking of the German Federal Government, the federal state (Länder) governments and industry.

The Municipal Development Partnership (MDP)
The Municipal Development Partnership (MDP) was set up in 1991 to promote decentralisation policies and strengthen the role played by local communities in African society.
The MDP is a regional association whose members are national associations of local authorities in West and Central Africa. It is managed by a board of directors made up of eight national authorities. The MDP regional offices are in Harare (Zimbabwe) and Cotonou (Benin).

National Commission for Decentralized Co-operation
This site has been created by the National Commission for Decentralised Cooperation, within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This site gathers a summary of founding principles, some useful tools, country profiles, several documents and a database on decentralized cooperation links.

Network of Association of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS)
It is a network of associations of local authorities of South Eastern Europe. NALAS gathers 13 National Associations which represent over 4000 local authorities. Its objective is to promote the process of decentralisation in co-operation with central governments and international organisations. In addition, NALAS helps create partnerships in order to contribute to the reconciliation and stabilisation process in the region.

Overview of the Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP)
The Programme aims at training local actors in order to raise their capicty in achieving international development goals. Furthermore, the Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP) is the core of the information, communication, and training netwok between United Nations Agencies and local actors.

South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA)
South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA) is recognized by the constitution as “the national voice of local government in South Africa”. Its strategy responds to the challenges facing organised local government, addresses past weaknesses and drives forward the process of consolidating the transformation process of local government.  This website provides full information about all SALGA’s activities and the origin of SALGA, strategic planning of the organization, and news and documents related with its activities.

United Cities France (CUF)
The United Cities France (CUF), established in 1975, is a federation of local authorities involved in international city-to-city cooperation projects. The CUF promotes the development of the decentralized cooperation and provide information and support to those territories interested in developing international partnerships

United Cities and Local Governments
It is an international network of local authorities founded in 2004. Its objective is to promote democratic structures of local self-government and unity and cooperation, to ensure political representation of local authorities in international community, to set up a shared source of information regarding local self-government, inspired by principles of good governance, sustainability and social inclusion, promote decentralised cooperation, international cooperation, twinning and partnerships between local governments and their associations.

VNG International
VNG International is the International Co-operation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities. It is committed to strengthening democratic local government worldwide. Its goal is to facilitate decentralization and strengthening local governments in developing countries and countries in transition.

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP)
WACAP is a contribution made by cities from all continents to the International Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. Its goal is to fight poverty, protect children, regenerate the environment, provide access to healthcare, clean water, education and basic social services, and ensure an income and a decent standard of living. The Alliance represents a worldwide network of cities set up by UNDP in 1997 to help municipalities face up to the challenge of poverty.  This web site is published in English, French and Spanish.

The Partnership is part of: UNPAN