The Centre of Excellence for Local Governance CEGLA hold a highly relevant International Conference on the Local Civil Service from 27 to 29 November 2019 in Niamey/Niger.

The conference was opened by the Nigerian Minister of Interior, Mr. Bazoum Mohamed, the German Ambassador in Niger, Mr. Hermann Nicolai, the Director of the National School of Administration, the Rector of the University Abdou Moumouni as well as the Head of Division Development Cooperation and Transregional Programmes of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Stefan Bienefeld.

During the three days of conference, the participants were discussing about crucial issues in the administration of local authorities. Experts, coming from various states of Western Africa, e.g. from Niger, Senegal, Mali and Burkina-Faso, carried out short presentations about the current legal and practical situation as well as the main challanges of local authorities in the different states of Western Africa. The main focus of the substantial discussions and debates concentrated on the state of local civil service in Western Africa, the fincancial situation as well as the recruitment and human ressources on local level.
The debates during these sessions led to very rich results on the different questions ending up by making the conference a place for an exchange of ideas and practices as well as for critical analysis of all the practices and different subjects.

The best articles of experts as well as the main results of the conference will be compiled in a comprehensive publication, which will be published by CEGLA next year.

The conference was closed with the words of thanks from the organizing committee for all the teams, the various organizations and participants who contributed to the success of this fruitfull conference.