Annual Update 2020 VNG International

Dealing with

Conflict, Fragility

and Migration

by strengthening democratic

local government

Recent / Ongoing Projects

Security is a basic human need, and  providing security and protection is a prime responsibility of governments. In fragile environments, local government can play a crucial role in promoting dialogue and restoring the social contract between the state and citizens, also through concrete measures such as making public spaces safe, providing safe access for women to fields and markets, etc. Some of our projects focus on that local government role.


With the enormous numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, in various regions of the world, also the strain on host communities has become more visible than ever, in terms of the pressure on basic services, housing, employment, transport, etc. We firmly believe that this requires a new approach to the reception of refugees in their region of origin, connecting relief interventions with long term local development. We seek that synergy between our projects and the work done by UN agencies and relief organisations.





Congo (DRC), Consortium for the Integrated Stabilisation

and Peace of Eastern DRC

01-11-2015 / 31-10-2019

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda




Congo (DRC), Inawezekana 'It is possible'

01-09-2017 / 31-12-2021

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): ZOA International; War Child



Iraq, Lebanon, MASAR, Maintaining Strength and Resilience for Local Governments

19-12-2018 / 19-12-2021

donor: European Commission

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): City of Amsterdam, City of Almere, City
of The Hague



Libya, Mali, Niger, Improving Stability in Settings of Fragile

or Limited Statehood

01-12-2018 / 30-09-2019

donor: Dutch Research Council (NWO)

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): Clingendael, Institute of International Relations; Bureau Ensemble (BE); Economie Polit. & Gouvernance Autonome Niger (EPGA)



Libya, lmproved Service delivery and Accountability at Local Level - component of Public Administration Facility Phase lll

01-04-2019 / 31-03-2022

donor: European Commission



Northern Uganda, Supporting Refugees and Host Communities

01-07-2019 / 31-08-2022

donor: German International Cooperation Head Office (GIZ)




Worldwide, UCLG Peace Prize 2018-2020

01-01-2018 / 31-12-2020

donor AND CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): Vfonds; Diputació Barcelona, xarxa de municipis; Tromso Municipality; Gipuzkoa Regional Council; PAX for Peace; UCLG; VNG Fund for Emergency Aid, Reconstruction and Peacebuilding