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Capacity building network of community associations SOE (NALAS).

Objectives:Nalas has the capacity to promote municipal development in SEE

Local self-government is still a new topic in South-East Europe. As the Western Balkan states move towards decentralisation, they face common challenges in strengthening local democracy and satisfying the requirements for bringing them closer to the EU. The challenges exist at various levels: making local authorities more responsive to the needs of citizens, improving the municipalities legal competencies and financial resources, and building capacities in the local government associations so that they can offer their members tailored advice and promote their interests when dealing with central government.

The Network of Associations of Local Authorities in South-East Europe (NALAS) was founded in 2001 in response to these challenges and with the aim of promoting peace and stability. The network has the task of promoting regional cooperation between 16 local authority associations from the countries in the region, and developing their competencies, resources and institutional capacities for further decentralisation. It also helps local authorities and their associations with advocacy and lobbying.

NALAS has developed into a sustainable network that effectively promotes municipal development in the home countries of its member associations.


The programme is closely geared to the current NALAS strategy, its objectives and areas of activity:

strengthening the member associations in the context of decentralisation in the countries of the region

promoting the interests of local authorities in South-East Europe within the European Union and the Council of Europe

institutional and financial sustainability of NALAS

strengthening local self-government and the provision of citizen-focused services.

The programme supports NALAS by deploying regional and international experts. Task forces facilitate collaborative learning by analysing best practices from the region and making them available to the associations. The associations are able to approach the network with enquiries about municipal policy, and receive responses from the member associations within one week (Quick Response Programme). Direct exchange between individual associations is enabled through exchange visits (Shadowing Programme).

Project completion date : 2016-12-31 12:00:00


Address : Postfach 12 03 22


Country :Germany

Url :

Financier : Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ,European Union (EU),

Financier address : Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 40

53113 Bonn

+49 228 44 60-0

+49 228 4460-17 66

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Date:Mar 9, 2016
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