About us

SKL International is a company, owned by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). We focus on the development of well-functioning local and regional administrations.

From an international perspective, Swedish local self-government is very extensive. Responding to a high international demand for practical examples of Swedish local self-government, SALAR began to “export” these experiences as points of reference for local democratic development in other countries. When the demand grew, SKL International was founded.

SKL International supports the development of local government systems in developing countries and countries in transition. To ensure quality we treat every project as unique in both proposal and assessment. Our services are often based on Swedish experiences and always adapted to the local context. We build our assistance on an in-depth understanding of the client’s potential for development.

We use expertise and know-how from our extensive pool of experts from within SALAR and from Swedish local authorities and regions. When appropriate we also use international and local experts.

Our work is demand-driven and result-oriented. Typically, project financing comes from international development donors.

Our project partners range from ministries, associations of local governments and municipalities to donor representatives. Projects are typically associated with decentralization reform and often located in countries undergoing transitions of different kinds; post conflict, EU approximation etc.

SKL International has developed extensive experience in eight core areas all connected to the performance of the sub-national levels of government.

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Interested in working with SKL International?

We are regularly looking for people that can contribute to our projects. Do you have more than five years’ demonstrated experience from local democracy and governance? From international development projects? Please register your CV in our consultant database:

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