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Municipal Partners for Economic Development

The latest

  • MPED is currently documenting the good practices emerging from its numerous demonstration projects and capturing partners' stories of leadership and entrepreneurship. Our Success Stories series will introduce you to elected officials, local government employees, entrepreneurs and community leaders whose participation in MPED changed how they view their work and their community.
  • In this video (in language of origin), representatives from our partner association in Mali discuss MPED's accomplishments and promote the upcoming Local Economic Development Forum in Bamako. Note: coverage begins at minute 28 of video.

  • Our partner, the Association of Cities of Vietnam, produced a video showcasing three demonstration projects on Local Economic Development Strategic planning in Ha Tinh, Soc Trang and Thai Nguyen. These projects were developped in collaboration with MPED's municipal experts.  

Report: Promoting Equitable and Sustainable Local Economic Development

Our Promoting Equitable and Sustainable Local Economic Development report gives local governments practical strategies for incorporating themes of gender equality and environmental sustainability into local economic development projects, from initial planning to final evaluation.

Toolkit: Engaging Your Community in International Projects

Our new toolkit, Engaging Your Community in International Projects, contains ideas, examples and templates to help partner municipalities share their stories so that they can build support for-and engagement in-important community-to-community exchanges among elected officials, municipal colleagues and citizens.

Improving local governance around the world

The Municipal Partners for Economic Development (MPED) program seeks to improve local governance and economic policy development around the world while emphasizing the importance of gender equality and environmental sustainability. It currently operates in partnership with local government associations (LGAs) and selected municipal governments in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Mali, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Under MPED, Canadian municipal experts help local governments set up demonstration projects to test new models of governance and service delivery that can advance local economic development. The resulting knowledge is then used to influence national policy development and replicate successful projects in other communities.

MPED initiatives

There are currently more than 20 MPED local economic development demonstration projects involving 27 overseas municipal governments and 25 Canadian municipalities. These projects include:

  • Developing more than 20 local economic development strategic plans
  • Providing training on local economic development and governance to more than 1,000 people from municipal governments and LGAs
  • Developing national-level program strategies with key stakeholders in each MPED country to help strengthen intergovernmental relations, policy development and the services provided by LGAs
  • Engaging MPED partners in regional knowledge sharing and policy development activities, and coordinating program development efforts with international bodies and non-governmental organizations

An additional 14 projects aiming to improve municipal services to local businesses are planned, along with 12 more seeking to help municipalities increase revenues.

Who's involved

MPED is a five-year, $24.2-million program that will run until 2015. It is supported by an $18.4-million contribution from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and in-kind contributions of $5.8 million from FCM and its partners. MPED involves partnerships between FCM and local governments and LGAs around the world, including:

  • Federation of Municipal Associations of Bolivia
  • Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso
  • National League of Communes/Sangkats of Cambodia
  • Association of Municipalities of Mali
  • Association of Municipalities of Nicaragua
  • Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania
  • Association of Cities of Vietnam

For more information about the Canadian and international municipalities involved in the program, please see the webpage specific to each MPED partner country.

Page Updated: 21/12/2015