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KEY FEATURES OF A LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION. Key features. Organisation of Local Authorities Tasks Advocacy Platform Services Decentralisation Mission Political side Staff Finances. Organisation of Local Authorities. Association Legal base Internal organisation Members

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Key features
Key features

  • Organisation of Local Authorities

  • Tasks

    • Advocacy

    • Platform

    • Services

    • Decentralisation

  • Mission

  • Political side

  • Staff

  • Finances

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Organisation of local authorities
Organisation of Local Authorities

  • Association

  • Legal base

  • Internal organisation

  • Members

  • LA’s or persons

  • General versus professional

  • One voice

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Types of associations
Types of Associations

  • The local authorities

  • Mayors

  • Professionals

  • Depending on the size

  • Depending on the political affiliation

  • Regional

  • Depending on specific issues

  • Intermunicipal cooperation for service delivery

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Legal base
Legal base

  • Constitution

  • Law (on local government) as a base

  • Law as a guarantee for involvement

  • Agreements between LGA and Government

  • Common habbits

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Decision making bodies
Decision making bodies

e.g. VNG Organization

municipal/district members

General

Assembly

Executive board

(43)

Provincial

branches

Committees

Board of Directors

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Tasks
Tasks

  • Toolkit:

    • Advocacy

    • Platform

    • Services

    • Decentralisation

  • Slogan: Together,

    • We are stronger

    • We are more efficient

    • We know more

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Advocacy
Advocacy

  • Primarily oriented towards:

  • 1. The Government (civil servants as well as politicians)

  • 2. The Parliament

  • 3. Civil-society organisations, institutions and companies

  • 4. Trade unions (representing the municipalities as employers)

  • This is done through:

  • Regular consultations

  • Letters

  • The media

  • Internetsite, www.vng.nl

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Vision
Vision

  • An example:

    • The higher ambition:

      'Co-operating with all municipalities, VNG stands tall for the empowerment and quality of local government'

    • The daring ambition:

      The Association sets the trend in local government, attaining visible results for local councils, local executive boards and local officers

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Vng income and expenditure 2004
VNG - Income and Expenditure 2004

Membership fees 24%

Net sales 48%

Projects and secretariats contributions(commissioned by Central Government and other organisations) 17%

Other contributions & proceeds 6%

Financial assets 2%

Operating result of subsidiaries 3%

Purchasing of goods and services 31%

Staff costs 45%

Depreciation costs 3%

Other operational costs 20%

Taxes 1%

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Assignment
Assignment

  • Note 3 strong and 3 weak points; individual;

  • Discuss in the group each others findings

  • Note on the paper the striking strong/weak points

  • Note the striking differences between organisations

  • Report in plenary

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SWOT

  • Internal

    • Strong

    • Weak

  • External

    • Opportunities

    • Threats

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