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. To challenge these problems, decentralisation, good governance, democratization of local governments as well as the promotion of respect for the rule of law and of efficient service delivery for the local population are indispensable elements for successful development strategies in Western African countries.

By creating new innovative Master programs on Local Governance and Local Public Management; the articipating 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


The Partners

Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Kehl (HSK), Germany

African Centre for Higher Studies in Management (CESAG), Senegal

Abdou Moumouni University Niamey (UAMN), Niger

University of Law and Political Sciences of Bamako (USJPB), Mali

Laboratoire d‘Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local (LASDEL), Niamey

Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI), Germany



Centre d’Excellence de Gouvernance Locale en Afrique (CEGLA)

Centre of Excellence
DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
Centres of African Excellence
Kennedyallee 50
D-53175 Bonn, Germany