In-Profile – Björn Möller and Johan Lilja, Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD)

For the 51st edition of the DeLoG Newsletter we had the pleasure to interview Björn Möller and Johan Lilja from the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). In their interview, Björn and Johan provide an insight into ICLD’s current programmes and activities and share their perspective on democratic trends around the world as well as COVID-19’s impact on democratic development globally and the challenges and opportunities posed by the pandemic to networks like DeLoG.

Johan Lilja is the Secretary General of the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). Johan has been working in the field of development and project management since 1988, and has a background in local government politics. He has a Bachelor’s degree in economics and science and a Master’s degree in business management related to sustainability and leadership.

Björn Möller is the Quality Assurance Manager at the ICLD Knowledge Centre and has been working within the field of local democracy and local governance for the past decade. His academic background is in public administration. He has a Master’s degree in public policy from the School of Public Administration in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In their joint interview, Johan and Björn provide an insight into ICLD’s programmes and activities and share their perspective on democratic trends around the world as well as COVID-19’s impact on democratic development globally. Besides reflecting on the challenges the pandemic poses to local, regional and national governments, they carve out the opportunities development organizations and networks like DeLoG should take advantage of in these challenging times. 

Read their full interview here.