About the ICLG

The first International Conference on Local Government (ICLG) was on November 18-19, 2010 in Khon Kaen, Thailand. At the time, there was much discussion on decentralization. However, there was little direction or real knowledge about how to proceed. Therefore, the topics of discussion at that conference focused on, but were not limited to, the issues of devolving and delegating management authority and responsibility to local government at the lower levels within and under the decentralization policy in various countries.

Before the end of that conference, we knew that most, if not all, participants saw the opportunity for solutions to the problem of making local government work more effectively and more responsively when controlled by the strong hand of the central government. Others had successes in various aspects of this process, so there were models available. We realized that we needed a host institution that could endow this conference with the image of a global forum and at the same time could provide an impetus to sustain this conference as an annual academic event. The College of Local Administration at Khon Kaen University was positioned to take on this task.

With the success of the 2nd ICLG in Durban, South Africa on October 26-28, 2011, we marked the beginning of the series known as the International Conference on Local Government (ICLG). There was interest in the transmission of knowledge through a conference venue, but there were some serious financial hurdles. Therefore, the decision was made to host the 3rd ICLG in Khon Kaen, where it was somewhat easier to get the funding required for hosting a conference of this magnitude.

Subsequent annual conferences were held in Surabaya (4th ICLG) and Palembang (5th ICLG), Indonesia. This conference has now gained the status of being a reputable platform where serious scholars and practitioners in local government from different parts of the world come together to explore ideas and work together. Our mission as professionals who assist in enabling local governing authorities to better serve their citizens, as well as empowering their constituents to make their own choices and have more control of their own lives and their own destinies, is becoming a reality.

The 6th ICLG, in September 2015, returns to its birthplace in Khon Kaen. We welcome all who have an interest in effective local government to join us there in September.


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