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NEWS | January 7, 2021

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Make a Wish: Our Hopes for 2021

Welcome to 2021! As we begin the new year, our teams and partners around the world are busy planning engagement activities with experts and local officials, developing new ways of sharing best practices, and growing their networks of peers and allies.

As we reflect on, and rebound from, last year’s challenges, our resolve is strong, and our ambitious goals continue to guide and energize us. That is why, in this issue, we want to celebrate optimism and showcase excellence.

We hope that the 2021 wishes shared by some of our programs will inspire you to follow their progress over the coming months. Whether it’s improved municipal services, a more inclusive political environment or new economic development opportunities, all point to a better quality of life for the vibrant communities where FCM is privileged to work.

While travel restrictions and the introduction of new online tools have altered how we collaborate with our international partners, they never dampened the enthusiasm of our Canadian experts. The skills and expertise they contribute to a wide range of projects are recognized annually with our International Awards. We are delighted to present this year’s nominees and look forward to announcing the winners during Canada’s International Development Week (February 7-13). Stay tuned!

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Jordan: JMSP’s Wish

We hope that, in collaboration with Jordan’s Ministry of Local Administration, a national Institute of Local Administration (ILA) is created and operational. Through training and knowledge sharing, the ILA will empower ministry and municipal staff, and elected officials, to lead community development initiatives and provide quality services to all Jordanian citizens.

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Tunisia: IMLP’s Wish

We hope that the work of strengthening the integration of gender in the Tunisian municipal ecosystem advances apace. By being more sensitive to the needs of women and the most vulnerable, municipalities can offer local services that improve the quality of life of all their citizens, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, as socio-economic recovery plans are being implemented.

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Ukraine: PLEDDG’s Wish

We hope that the women entrepreneurs who have started businesses with the help of our program are able to exercise their leadership skills and access financial resources to keep their businesses open. Should the local networks, mentors and business associations offer them the support they need, they will thrive.

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FCM’s International Awards: Meet the nominees

Awards are handed out in three categories:

The Pam McConnell award is given to a municipal expert who contributed to the advancement and promotion of gender equality in FCM’s programs.

The awards for Outstanding Institutional Contribution recognize Canadian local governments and local government associations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in the scope of their participation in FCM's international programs.

The Mike Badham Award is given to an individual whose contribution has gone above and beyond in terms of innovation, creativity, engagement and leadership.

Meet our nine outstanding nominees for 2020...

Read their profiles here!

Spotlight: Global Forum on Migration and Development

In December, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) launched ‘It Takes a Community’, a social media campaign to share inclusive stories about social cohesion and the positive impact that migration can have on communities. Canada is a co-lead of the working group behind this initiative, which will invite mayors from around the world to participate.

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FCM’s international programs are funded by Global Affairs Canada.

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