West-African-German Centre of Excellence for Local Governance in Africa (CEGLA)


French speaking countries in Africa like Mali, Niger and Senegal are confronted to important social, economic, environmental and security problems. Situated at the doorway to Europe, both continents Africa and Europe, are affected by these issues which lead to precarious living conditions for the population, mistrust into government structures and massive migration. In order to challenge these problems, decentralisation, good governance, democratization of local governments as well as the promotion of the respect of the rule of law and of efficient service delivery for the local population are indispensable elements for successful development strategies in Western African countries. 

This is one of the most effective ways to combat inefficient structures, corruption, abuse of authority and waste of public resources. Capacity building measures for officials and employees in local authorities are important levers for the improvement of administrative structures and public service delivery. By creating new innovative Master programs on Local Governance and Local Public Management; the participating universities and research institutions in Mali, Niger; Senegal and Germany contribute to the satisfaction of the increasing demand for knowledge and skills improvement in the field of good governance, sustainable development and public financial management.

The project focusses on the development of

  • Presence master courses in Local Governance and Public Management in each partner university
  • A joint blended learning master course in Local Governance and Public Management combining the advantages of e-learning and face to face learning
  • PhD and research programs in the field of decentralisation, local governance and sustainable development
  • Further training courses for improving local officials’ skills