Accountable Local Governance Programme (PGLR)
The Programme de Gouvernance Locale Redevable (PGLR) or the Local Responsible Governance Project aims to strengthen the democratic institutions in 180 municipalities in the Gao, Menaka, Timbuktu, Mopti and Ségou regions in Mali.
The PGLR project is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is implemented by a consortium of three Dutch NGOs: ICCO, Oxfam and SNV (lead implementer). The initial project, worth €10 million lasted until end 2017. After a positive evaluation, it was extended for a second phase in July 2017 that will last until December 2020, worth €6.7 million, with a geographical expansion from 51 to 180 municipalities in five regions: ICCO implements the P-GLR in the regions of Timbuktu and Segou, Oxfam Novib in the Mopti region and SNV in the region of Gao and Ségou.
With the project's support, local NGOs coach local youth leaders to develop and implement action plans. In total 3,960 young people divided groups in 180 municipalities will take part in the project. The action plans, contextualised to the reality of each municipality, aim to improve the engagement by local young people in their municipalities and to encourage elected municipal officials and managers of public services to report on their management of public affairs (e.g. health, education, vocational training and access to drinking water). The youth leaders organise sports and cultural activities, which contribute to social cohesion and also to contribute to the non-violent management of conflicts in terms of access to natural resources and land.