Ingvar Rönnbäck, Founder of Another Development Foundation, and Dr. Anne Ouma, Advisor to the foundation were invited to attend and contribute to ICLD Local Democracy Academy in Umeå, June 10th-14th 2019. The title for the academy was ”Global Challenges and Local Governments: Towards Transformative Policy and Practice”. The academy was divided into the following sessions: training sessions, writing workshops, local policy labs and thematic streams on various issues. The academy brought together an international group of leading scholars, researchers, local policy makers and governmental officials. The academy was organized in collaboration with Umeå University and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Ingvar Rönnbäck have been, and are, active in several international projects and activities funded by ICLD (Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy). Dr.Anne Ouma is also a research and development advisor in one of these collaborations.