December 15th 2017 Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) delivered information on approval of two applications for collaboration between first Centre for Rural Medicine in The County of Västerbotten and Homa Bay County Government, and second Robertsfors Municipality and Machakos County Government. The first collaboration will be directed towards rural medicine and equitable health. The second collaboration will be directed towards gender equality with a special focus on gender based violence. Both partnerships will focus on capacity development at the institutional level. In both projects I will be a senior advisor supporting the teams working with the projects.