• 2024202420242024/SepSep/1111 - 8 a.m.
  • ILGS, Accra, Ghana


This two-day International Conference is intended to bring researchers, academics, students, practitioners, experts and policymakers across Africa and the world to discuss and exchange ideas, present research findings, and engage in academic and professional discourse on theories and practices of local governance and sustainable development. The international conference also aims to create a dynamic and inclusive platform that fosters collaboration and promotes advancements in various academic and professional fields on decentralisation, local governance, and sustainable development.

Decentralisation, local governance, and sustainable development are key concepts, policies and practices that have defined and are still redefining contemporary development discourse. In academia, and in the field of public administration and development studies, decentralisation and local governance have provided the basics for state-local government relations, sub-national governance, economic inclusion and democratic development. In the international development discourse, decentralisation and local governance are considered key approaches for implementing the global development agenda of sustainable development goals. Currently, there is no country in the world that is not practising some of the principles of decentralisation and local governance to achieve varied objectives of the state, including bringing governance and services closer to where the people live, promoting peace, state stability, inclusive development, democratic governance, and equity. But what outcomes are there in Africa and other parts of the world about the policies and practices of decentralisation and local governance?


Theme: Deepening Decentralisation and Local Governance to Foster Inclusive and Democratic Governance for Sustainable Development

We have chosen this theme because over the last four decades since the return of democracy to the continent, decentralisation has become a key development policy fad for achieving varied state objectives. Nevertheless, a typical conclusion that often emerges from studies on decentralisation in Africa is that, on the whole, its potential benefits have not been realised because some degree of central government authority, resources, responsibilities and accountability have not shifted enough to capacitate sub-national institutions and actors for effective local governance and development. In fact, critics even say that recentralisation is taking place in the context of increasing democratic decline, insecurity, increasing public debt, post-Covid-19 recovery initiatives, and so on. There is a need to shift gear towards deepening decentralization and local governance policies and practices in the region to ensure that the targets set in the sustainable development goals are achieved.

We want researchers, academics, policy makers, and practitioners that are at the forefront of decentralisation policies and programmes in the region to share information on innovations that are facilitating inclusive local governance and sustainable development during the conference.


Theme I: Decentralisation and Inclusive Governance and Development

Theme II: Building Sustainable and Healthy Communities for a Resilient Future

Theme III: Building Local Economies for Sustainable Growth and Prosperity

Theme IV: Building Smarter and More Connected Local Communities

Theme V: Governance Dynamics for Balancing Authority and Efficiency

Structure and Organisation of the Conference

Conference Cost:

  • Early Bird Registration* (before 1st June 2024): GHC 1,000.00 or US$ 100.00 per participant.
  • Regular Registration* (From 2nd June to 3rd August 2024): GHC 1,500.00 or US$ 120.00 per presenter per paper.
  • Student’s Registration (20% discount)
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 5th July 2024
  • Residential Package (bed, breakfast, dinner): GHC 2,000 for 3 day



Please submit your abstract of not more than 250 words with 5 keywords to the email address:

Submission Deadline:

15th July, 2024, at 23:59hrs GMT


Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in an edited book with a reputable publisher or in a special issue of the Journal of Local Government Studies. Authors will be required to submit extended versions of their papers for the review process.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th July 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: 30th July 2024
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 14th August 2024
  • Conference Dates: Wedneday 11th to Friday 13th September, 2024

ILGS Profile

The Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) is a public management development and training institution established in 2003 by an Act of Parliament (Act 647) to build the capacity for effective local governance through education, training, research, consultancy, and advisory services. The ILGS is on course to achieve its vision and transformational agenda to become Africa’s leading higher education centre for excellence in local governance and development. It is currently in the process of reviewing its Act that could bring about significant changes culminating into obtaining a Presidential Charter, to operate as a fully-fledged public specialised University under the proposed name, “University of Local Governance and Development (ULGD)”. Read more...

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  • Start Date:Sept. 11, 2024
  • Start Time:8 a.m.
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  • Location:ILGS, Accra, Ghana