Local Development Forum
Local Government Sector Working Group (LGSWG)

Local Government Sector Working Group (LGSWG)

The main purpose of the Local Government SWG is to act as a forum for information-sharing and coordination on issues related to local government between donors and the PA (MoLG). The work is guided by the Local Government Sector Strategy (2017-2022), and relevant plans within the framework of the National Policy Agenda 2017-2022.



The key functions of the Local Government SWG are as follows:

 

·         assist donors in aligning assistance in relation to national plans and strategies for the sector;

·         support the development and updating of sector strategies within the framework of national plans and budgets;

·         coordinate and harmonize donor assistance to prevent duplication;

·         carry out coordinated and strategic dialogue with the purpose of identifying PA priorities and the readiness/availability of the donor community to fund related programmes;

·         function as the main source of information for needs and achievements, donor funding and gaps;

 


Membership in the group is limited to relevant donors, civil society and private sector representatives who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


Composition

Chair:
Ministry of Local Government

Deputy: Denmark
Technical Advisor: World Bank

Donors: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Japan, Denmark, Sweden
UN Agencies: UNDP, UNHABITAT
Government institutions: Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP), Ministry of National Economy (MoNE), Palestine Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PENRA)

Private Sector institutions: Palestinian Chamber of Commerce

Civil Society Institutions: Agricultural Development Association (PARC)
Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)