Title Description Institution Country Level Topics
DOSTA! – Congress Prize for Municipalities, Council of Europe


The competition for the Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities is part of the CoE ongoing work to strengthen the role of local authorities in the field of Roma and minority rights’ protection. The DOSTA website also includes awareness-raising tools, such as toolkit for fighting stereotypes, posters, leaflets etc.

Council of Europe International International Education and training, Leadership, Convincing the public
List of International LRA Associations

Provides practical information for the existing international Local and Regional authorities associations.

Council of Europe & Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRA) International International Coordination
Gender Budgeting as a tool for safeguarding women’s health

Gender budgeting is an application of gender mainstreaming in the budgetary process. It means a gender-based assessment of budgets, incorporating a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process and restructuring revenues and expenditures in order to promote gender equality.

Council of Europe - Committee on equal Opportunities for Women and Men International International Coordination, Funding
Gender budgeting: practical implementation - Handbook

The Handbook engages with gender budgeting at different levels of government and answers different questions on the topic such as what is and how to do gender budgeting.

Council of Europe - DG of Human Rights and Legal Affairs International International Funding
ENTO – a European Civil Service Training Network

ENTO enables bilateral and multilateral partnerships to be set up and makes it possible for the staffs of training bodies and of local and regional authorities to organise courses and study visits, or to take part in official visits, seminars or other activities which take place within the framework of Council of Europe and European Union programmes.

Council of Europe, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRAE) International International, Local, Regional Coordination, Education and training, Getting expert advice
Recommendation on systematic work for implementing human rights at the national level


There is a gap between the rights proclaimed in international and regional human rights instruments and how these rights are respected in individual countries. CoE Recommendations advise local authorities in initiating local baseline studies, local action plans, regular reviews of the local rights’ implementation situation, privatizing of local government services, human rights budgeting, as well as in establishing local/ regional institutions to facilitate the access to a complaint system to those which are in need of it etc. 

Council of Europe - Recommendation by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights. International International Legal frameworks, Coordination
Achieving sustainable gender equality in local and regional political life


This initiative encourages building and improving gender sensitive policies and services.

Council of Europe - Committee on Social Cohesion (Congress of Local and Regional Authorities) International International Coordination

The tool is designed to help local authorities self-assess the work in improving participation in public life at the local level.

Council of Europe - Committee of Ministers International International
The Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level

This strategy indicates in practice how improving governance at local level would improve the quality of life as well.

Council of Europe International International Coordination
Think globally, act locally – for human rights

Local and regional authorities should apply European and international human rights standards when they formulate their policies and ensure that their approach is rights-based.

Council of Europe – Commissioner for Human Rights International International Legal frameworks