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Service Provision by a Local Government Association

Guidance and systemization of experiences

Associations of municipalities across the world are in different phases of development and thus organised very differently. Some associations have developed a whole range of activities offering their members an extensive package of services, while others concentrate solely on lobby activities. Nevertheless, the themes and difficulties which associations of municipalities have to face show many similarities. Also, members’ need for assistance is usually similar. Associations may obtain income in different ways: (1) by collecting members’ subscription fees (2), receiving subsidies from donors or other external parties such as national ministries (3), or they may offer paid services to members and other external parties. This brochure addresses associations that are or are considering offering certain (paid) services. It can be used as a reference material, it provides a number of specific considerations that might have a role and includes examples of other associations that have experienced similar challenges.

Related Publications

Global goals for local priorities: The 2030 Agenda at local level. NORDREGIO REPORT 2018:2

Available in English

This report identifies 27 Nordic local authorities that are “first movers” in working with the 2030 Agenda and describes their priorities and activities. It also highlights challenges and success fact...

Developed by Nordregio

Posted by UNDP

Case studies and best practices

Local Finance Initiative - Global Report - January December 2016

Available in English

The economies and populations of many of the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are growing and some LDCs expect to graduate to middle income country status during the next ten years. Econo...

Developed by United Nations Capital Development Fund...

Posted by Fabienne Perucca

Case studies and best practices

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