Municipalities have a key role to play in implementing the SDGs
The Municipal International Cooperation Programme (MIC) is an instrument of the Belgian Development Cooperation, developed and implemented by the Union of Cities and Municipalities of Wallonia (UVCW) and the Association of the City and the Municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (AVCB-Brulocalis), whose general objective is to contribute to strengthening the capacity of local institutions in the South to take responsibility for their own development. To achieve this goal, is establishes partnerships between municipalities in Benin, Burkina Faso, Morocco, DRC and Senegal. This programme aims to fight one of the components of this multi-dimensional phenomenon of poverty, namely an inadequate access to citizenship amongst the population, and also to most public goods and services, particularly local services.
This programme also contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as agreed by the international community in September 2015 in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and more specifically :
- SDG 1 - Eradicate poverty in all its forms and everywhere in the world.
In Benin, where the MIC aims to improve municipalities management capacity by enabling these Beninese municipalities to control the mobilization of endogenous and exogenous financial resources, but also by boosting the management of their human resources.
- SDG 4 - Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all and lifelong learning opportunities
In Benin, Burkina Faso and the DRC, where the MIC also aims to improve civil registration services and the way local populations perceive their usefulness, thereby enabling access to education for all children over the longer term through, inter alia, issuing birth certificates ;
- SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
In Senegal, where the MIC aims, among other objectives, to ensure that local communities best support local economic development through, inter alia, financial resource mobilisation strategies, identifying potential endogenous and exogenous resources, and the implementation and monitoring of a communal fund for local development, allowing, among other things, the establishment and monitoring of a communal development fund, providing an access to micro-credit for small local entrepreneurs ;
- SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
The MIC specifically contributes to this goal through its overall objective of strengthening local institutions capacity.