Institutional Support to Network of Associations of Local Authorities in South East Europe (NALAS) - Exit Phase


The final phase of SDC's support to the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe — NALAS, will focus on the institution's sustainability and on consolidating NALAS' expertise on decentralization. Engaging in strategic partnerships with regional and international networks and institution, NALAS will continue to provide knowledge, policy advice and smart services to local authorities in 12 countries in South East Europe to promote sustainable, inclusive and resilient communities across the region.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
South-EastEurope
Governance
Décentralisation
01.01.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF 1'300'000
Contexte After the fall of communism in the South Eastern European countries (SEE), the reinforcement of local democracy and citizen participation became a clear necessity. Today NALAS is a network which brings together 14 National Local Government Associations (LGAs) representing 9000 local authorities, directly elected by 80 million citizens of the SEE region. The regional dimension of NALAS is of essential importance having in mind that this network includes members from countries that have been in open conflicts or from countries that have no diplomatic relations.
Objectifs The people of South-East Europe enjoy democracy, regional stability and prosperity in smart, innovative, sustainable and inclusive communities. With the support of strong local governments, their associations Local Government's Associations (LGAs) and NALAS, citizens and businesses benefit from high quality and efficient services and adequate representation of their interests.
Groupes cibles

The main target group are the 14 member LGAs from 12 countries, who are the drivers of decentralization in their respective countries.

The indirect target groups are the 9000 Local Governments in 12 countries who benefit from the knowledge exchange at the NALAS network through their LGAs. 

Effets à moyen terme

Project Purpose: Local governments in South East Europe are stronger and have created smart, sustainable, inclusive and resilient communities.

  • Local Governments in SEE have capacity to create sustainable communities based on smart and innovative growth through quality services and job creation
  • Decentralized cooperation contributes to stable, safe, inclusive and resilient SEE communities and regional cohesion
  • SEE Local Government Associations and Local Governments emerging needs are met by a unique knowledge and evidence based policy making and influence, through strategic regional and national partnerships
  • Networks' sustainability is ensured by using all NALAS potentials
Résultats

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Develop a comprehensive concept for LGs sustainable development with the focus on citizen participation
  • Matchmaking platform for exchanging best models of Local Economic Development with the private sector
  • Promote concept for using Migration for development (attract diaspora investments, embrace returnees, integrate urban newcomers, etc.)
  • Promote the role of non-state actors for the cohesion of the region. Broadening NALAS Knowledge Centre services 


Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

Peer learning methods such as Peer Review, Shadowing (on job learning exchanges among weaker and stronger member I-GAS) and Quick Response (requests by member I-GAS for collection of regional experiences in specific policy areas) as well as Association Development sessions produced over 20 concrete results in strengthening the functioning of LGAs.

NALAS thematic Task Forces have improved the discourse of intergovernmental dialogue at national level and have positioned the member LGAs to undergo new policy initiatives. The Quick Response (QR) Program has addressed 41 policy issues of which 25 national legal framework/policies have been amended using relevant policy experiences from other countries.

NALAS became Pillar Dimension Coordinator of the SEE 2020 Strategy which provides a regional cooperation framework to assist the 7 Western Balkans countries (Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro) to implement their individual development strategies, including EU accession related goals.


Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération avec l'Europe de l'Est
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
  • Secteur privé suisse


Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs Coordination with SDC decentralization programmes in the Western Balkans, i.e. LGAs in Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   1'300'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   358'475
Phases du projet Phase 8 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours) Phase 7 01.07.2013 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours) Phase 6 01.08.2009 - 30.06.2013   (Completed)