Local Government Association

UMC recognizes that urban local governments are challenged by the lack of in-house expertise and capacity to handle urban issues. To support professional development of city managers, there is need for a forum where urban local governments can share successful experiences, exchange information and enhance peer-to-peer learning. Associations over the world have emerged as important players in responding to municipal mandates effectively, lobbying for recognition of local government concerns and in acting as the critical link between members to share experiences and disseminate information. Recognizing the need to bring together city governments on a common platform where they can discuss urban governance issues, UMC and ICMA with financial support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the formation of associations of city managers to facilitate sharing and learning among city managers.

We aided the formation of the first City Managers' Association of Gujarat (CMAG) in 1997 which heralded the CMA movement in India. Looking at the success of CMAG, 13 CMAs have been set up across India in places like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Punjab. More than 3,000 urban local bodies of India have been networked through these associations and created an accessible repository of good practices, database of innovations, technical information which city managers across these states can avail.

UMC also provided technical assistance for formation and operationalization of Mega Cities' Association (MCA) comprising of the seven largest cities of India. We have also helped setting up of Good Governance Resource Centers (GGRCs) in Sri Lanka and fostered signing of cooperation agreements between associations of India and GGRCs of Sri Lanka. UMC has also assisted in establishing and operationalizing technical membership programs for local government associations in Indonesia.

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City Managers’ Associations Development
Formation of Mega Cities’ Association
Formation of Good Governance Resource Centers in Sri Lanka
Faciliating Best Practies Transfer Program for Indonesian Associations


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