Local to Local Dialogue
Local to Local Dialogues are locally designed strategies whereby grassroots women's groups initiate and engage in dialogues with local authorities to negotiate a range of development issues to influence policies, plans and programs in ways that address women's priorities. Dialogues have advanced grassroots women's abilities to negotiate with local leaders to increase women's access to resources such as land, housing and basic services and have increased access to social services such as health care and education. Local-to-Local dialogues are an effective tool to enhance local governance and participation of grassroots women in local decision-making by stimulating dialogue with local authorities, relevant government departments, municipalities, NGOs, development partners, the private sector and the media. The Huairou Commission, its member organizations and UN Habitat have coordinated efforts to document, support and replicate this tool around the world.