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Partners for Municipal Innovation

Partnerships for Municipal Innovation


Creating economic prosperity and reducing poverty in 7 countries

Urban areas have become magnets for investment as they provide the products, services and markets that fuel trade, drive economic growth and create employment. By 2030, it is estimated that two-thirds of the world's population will be living in cities. 

This rapid growth of urban areas, which is mainly occurring in developing countries, has far exceeded the pace of investment in human capital and physical infrastructure of municipalities. The consequences can be seen in the number of poor and marginalized people that do not have access to basic municipal services such as water and sanitation, the high levels of unemployment, particularly amongst women and youth, and the lack of resilience that urban areas have to natural or man-made disasters. 

FCM has developed strong working relationships with partners in Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bolivia, and Nicaragua and will build on this progress in implementing local economic development initiatives. 


  • Creating an enabling environment to strengthen the capacity of local governments to plan a community-led economic vision, to offer effective economic development projects and services to their community and to influence and adopt LED policies and practices that promote inclusive and sustainable economic development;
  • Adopting inclusive local economic development practices by facilitating greater access for women and youth to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities;
  • Promoting trade and regional economic development opportunities at the local level, such as business attraction and retention/expansion, investment and trade and strengthening support for the development of micro and SMEs.

PMI-LED will also create a platform for local governments and their regional and global networks to better engage with strategic partners, and increase the engagement of Canadians in international municipal cooperation.

Who's involved

PMI-LED is a five-year, $19.3 million partnership program working to strengthen sustainable local economic development in Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bolivia, and Nicaragua. It is undertaken with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada, implemented by FCM, with an in-kind commitment by Canadian municipalities of $5.1 million.

Case studies

In our Looking Back series of case studies, three of FCM's champion municipal volunteers tell stories of partnership, growth, and long-term sustainability. 

Follow Roger MacIsaac (Amherst, NS), Maurice Gallant (Fredericton, NS), Marten Kruysse (formerly District of North Vancouver, BC) and Nesen Naidoo (Drayton Valley, Alberta) as they return to visit friends and colleagues overseas, and learn more about the results of program activities that continue to grow after programs have ended. 

Insights from an international City-to-City cooperation project, 10 years later - Town of Amherst, NS, Canada and Escalante, Philippines

Fredericton NB, Canada and Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

District of North Vancouver, BC Canada and Soc Trang City, Vietnam

Town of Drayton Valley, Alberta and Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Page Updated: 01/06/2018