June 19, 2017, 10:17 a.m.
The Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) is a non-governmental organization established in 2003 that brings together all the 30 Districts of the country and the City of Kigali. RALGA’s objective is to assist local government entities in achieving their mission complying with principles of good governance and decentralization, and improve their position within the overall institutional framework of the country by influencing decision making processes that affect them.
Its mandate is to represent, advocate for and build the capacity of local governments in Rwanda addressing the current issues they face and particularly regarding: effective implementation of the decentralization policy; increasing the revenues of local governments; local economic development; and social development.
With the goal of strengthening local governments’ capacity, RALGA launched in mid-2016 the Local Governance Institute (LGI) in collaboration with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) and the UK’s Local Government Information Unit (LGIU). It offers capacity building activities to local officers and elected representatives to help improve financial management capacity and provide policy guidance and support for local economic development.