Annual Update 2020 VNG International


Access to

Basic Services

by strengthening democratic

local government

What is the most visible role of local governments worldwide? It is the provision of basic services, like good sanitation, clean drinking water and regular garbage collection. The impact on the quality of life, and even life expectancy, is enormous.


Yet, for various reasons, in many countries local governments are not capable of fulfilling their responsibilities. Their mandate may not be well-defined, their staff may not have the necessary technical or policy-making capacity to make services accessible and affordable, also for vulnerable groups, or systems for cost-recovery and as a result maintenance are lacking. Apart from the immediate effects, this will also negatively influence the prospects for economic development and lessen people’s confidence in local democracy. Strengthening the capacity of local governments to improve access to basic public services is therefore an important element in our portfolio.




Recent / Ongoing Projects

Benin, Land Administration Modernisation Project  (PMAF)

01-12-2018 / 30-11-2022

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in Benin; Agence Nationale du Domaine et du Foncier (ANDF)

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): MDF Training & Consultancy



Egypt, UELDP Implementation Support Consultants

01-02-2019 / 31-12-2021

donor: Ministry of Local Development in Egypt

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): CID Consulting; MDF Training & Consultancy



Ethiopia, Water Pricing for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

01-09-2018 / 31-08-2024

donor: Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): Woord en Daad; Dutch Water Authorities, Eijkelkamp BV



Jordan, Cities Implementing Transparent Innovative and Effective Solutions (CITIES)

25-09-2016 / 24-09-2021

donor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)




Kosovo, Support to Civil Registration and Document Security

01-09-2017 / 31-03-2020

donor: European Union Office in Kosovo

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S):State Enterprise Centre of Registers (SECR)



Libya, Local Pilots Project

01-04-2018 / 31-03-2020

donor: European Commission



South Sudan, Programme for the Water Sector between South Sudan and The Netherlands – Water for Lakes State (Prowas/SSN-Lakes)

08-12-2014 / 31-10-2019

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in South Sudan

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): Mott MacDonald; SNV Sudan and South Sudan



Various countries, PLATFORMA Strategic Grant Agreement

2019 - 2021

01-03-2019 / 28-02-2021

donor: European Commission

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CCRE-CEMR) and 30 local and regional governments and their associations



Various countries, Support Facility IGG

01-03-2019 / 01-03-2021

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

CONSORTIUM PARTNER(S): Trinomics B.V.; Profundo BV