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Association of local authorities and provision of services Association of local authorities and provision of services

Functions of associations of local authorities Each association of local governments has three primary Functions of associations of local authorities Each association of local governments has three primary functions in its operation – Advocacy (and lobbying) – Providing a platform for communication for the members – Service provision

Core tasks (services) • Core task should be defined as tasks necessary for all Core tasks (services) • Core task should be defined as tasks necessary for all municipalities • Core tasks should be paid from the membership fees • Core tasks should be communicated to and discussed with the members as a part of development of a strategic plan

Pay services • Pay-services are specific services requested from some of the membermunicipalities (not Pay services • Pay-services are specific services requested from some of the membermunicipalities (not needed by all) • Pay services might be requested from other institutions, organizations, Government…

Why service delivery? • Services of LGAs should support/ facilitate improvement of capacities of Why service delivery? • Services of LGAs should support/ facilitate improvement of capacities of members (local government units) for delivery of services and performing assigned functions • Services should further facilitate national strategic and policies (EU integration, decentralization, democratization…)

Types of services offered by LGAs • • Information service Specialist advisory and technical Types of services offered by LGAs • • Information service Specialist advisory and technical services Training Capacity development activities Research Economic and financial services Other services

Information services • Definition: The collection assessment, processing and dissemination of information • Local Information services • Definition: The collection assessment, processing and dissemination of information • Local government associations are collecting information about the members • Associations are providing this information to interested parties (central government, international organizations, donor community etc). • The association’s ability to collect, process, and present the information has great impact on all other activities such as policy development, lobbying, research and training etc. • This service is usually free of charge

Advisory and technical services • Definition: Provision of advisory and technical services to local Advisory and technical services • Definition: Provision of advisory and technical services to local authorities • Advisory and technical services are aimed to utilize expertise and knowledge relevant for members- local authorities Advisory and technical services should be combined with trainings and other capacity development initiatives Comprehensive needs assessment prior to launching advisory support (demand/ market driven) Usually Paid for services • • •

Advisory and technical servicestools • Help Desk (advise on new legislation, legal and policy Advisory and technical servicestools • Help Desk (advise on new legislation, legal and policy advice) • Guidelines and model bye-laws • Good practice library/ Publishing • Seminars and training courses • Employment advice/ expertise contracted • Model systems and related software • Conference and seminar facilitation • Network development

Training • Definition: The provision or commissioning of training services to local authorities • Training • Definition: The provision or commissioning of training services to local authorities • Provided by LGA itself (staff and membership) • Provided in partnership • LGA established a separate entity (Italy, Latvia) Targent groups: – Local governments • Elected officials and appointed staff • Municipal administration

National Training Strategy • The National Training Strategy is a commitment to training for National Training Strategy • The National Training Strategy is a commitment to training for increasing local government capacities • A National Training Strategy will lead to more competent local government officials and elected representatives, better managed local authorities, stronger local leadership, better public services, more democratic participation

Capacity development activities Definition: the creation of an enabling environment through strengthened knowledge, skills Capacity development activities Definition: the creation of an enabling environment through strengthened knowledge, skills and behavior and improved institutional structures and processes for organisation to efficiently meet mission and goals • Based on identified needs • Comprehensive approach (individual, institutional and systemic development of capacities)

Capacity development activities- tools – Leadership Development programmes e. i. leadership benchmarking – Best Capacity development activities- tools – Leadership Development programmes e. i. leadership benchmarking – Best Practice programmes on carefully chosen topics – Fundamental performance review – Common Assessment Framework – Communication strategies – Inter-municipal cooperation programmes

Research • Definition: The provision of data gathering and interpretation on the state of Research • Definition: The provision of data gathering and interpretation on the state of art of municipal functioning Tools in providing research: – Several data gathering methods mentioned in the toolkit – Data analysis methods (for hard and soft information gathered)

Economic and financial services Central purchasing and procurement • The key purpose behind central Economic and financial services Central purchasing and procurement • The key purpose behind central purchasing activities of the LG association is to secure economically attractive prices and conditions for the members from the suppliers, and at the same time to make a small profit to invest in the development of the Association. • This service is heavily under the legal framework for public procurement and should be developed if there is legal space to do so; usually done for the provision fee Negotiations with employment organisations

Projects and programmes • • By receiving external (usually donor) funding and building strategic Projects and programmes • • By receiving external (usually donor) funding and building strategic partnerships, projects and programmes allow the association to develop new services and support its members in specific fields. They can also be used to campaign or promote certain issues and thus feed the advocacy function of the association. Projects/ programs are one of the main activities that feed all other functions the association is implementing. Income from this service is depending on the project contract

Other services to members • • • Project and programme development for member-municipalities Support Other services to members • • • Project and programme development for member-municipalities Support to project and programme implementation (including reporting, monitoring and evaluation) Employment services for member municipalities (interviewing, selecting, and evaluating municipal staff)