Strengthening Local Governance: NALAS, backed by RCDN+, pioneering advancement in Water Management

In continuation of the longstanding collaboration, the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) in partnership with the RCDN+ project, aim to bolster the capabilities of local government authorities (LGAs) and further empower them to address the diverse challenges they face. At the heart of this partnership lies a shared commitment to strengthening LGAs and fostering sustainable development practices.

 NALAS, through LGAs’ sectoral committees, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in local governance dynamics. Through its extensive network and advocacy efforts, NALAS has been instrumental in empowering LGAs to become catalysts for positive change within their communities. The RCDN+ project, on the other hand, embodies a forward-thinking approach to capacity development. With a focus on enhancing institutional capacities and promoting innovation in governance, RCDN has garnered acclaim for its transformative initiatives aimed at building resilient and responsive local institutions.

One of the key areas of the collaboration is water management planning, as highlighted in the recent meeting of NALAS’ group on water management. This strategic partnership will enable LGAs to adopt comprehensive strategies for water resource management, ensuring sustainable utilization and conservation practices as well as development of a plan of activities of NALAS’ Group on Water Management for the period 2024-2025, including the identification of regional research and advocacy topics.

Through joint capacity-building programs, knowledge-sharing initiatives, and policy advocacy efforts, NALAS will work hand to empower LGAs with the tools and resources they need to address emerging challenges effectively. By strengthening the “brain” of LGAs through sectoral committees and facilitating targeted interventions in critical areas such as water management, this partnership aims to drive tangible improvements in local governance outcomes.