Botswana Association of Local Authorities is an association that was formed in 1983 as a vehicle to drive the promotion of unity, solidarity and cooperation among local authorities. The organization’s founders envisioned BALA playing a key role in building a strong, democratic and development local government in Botswana. With a membership constituted by councilors and chief executives of councils as well as councils themselves as corporate members, BALA has struggled over the years to gain the recognition it deserves and to claim an influential role in national affairs.
BALA was established to promote unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among Local Authorities in Botswana. The Association is constituted by Councilors and Chief Executives of Councils, as well as Councils themselves as Corporate Members. The Association was established at a time when the number of tasks delegated to councils saw a rapid increase. As a results of this increase, there was a greater need for information, exchange of experience, and for an organization that could represent the interests of its members. The over-riding objective of BALA’s establishment was to contribute towards a strong, democratic and development local government in Botswana.
Promote and strengthen local governance
Provide advice and guidance to local authorities
Provide training to members
Provide opportunities for discussing issues of common interests
Formulate common policies on issues affecting local government
Collaborate and engage in dialogue with central government
Build partnerships, networks and coalitions with strategic organizations, locally, regionally and internationally.
Finance Management training
Insurance and funeral cover for councilors
Investment vehicle for councils (Asset Management)
Capacity building training
Communication and marketing through the quarterly newsletter
Local Economic Development LED facilitation
Research and documentation (policy)
Consultancy services and training