ADLG: Strengthening Local Government Toward Democracy in Pakistan

Article 140-A of the Constitution in Pakistan reads, “Local Government.— Each Province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local governments.”

After years of effort to realize this part of the constitution, local governments and their associations in Pakistan finally celebrated the launch of National Local Governments Association, “Association for Development of Local Governance” (ADLG) on April 30, 2016.

ADLG is established as an alliance of 4 provincial local council associations of 4 provinces: Balochistan, KP, Sindh and Punjab, two of which are currently members of UCLG ASPAC. Members of the boards of governors of all 4 provincial associations, the past and present elected representatives of local governments, media and civil society representatives attended this ceremony. Speakers in this ceremony put emphasis on the importance of government recognition towards local government institutions as the third tiers of government in order that democratic process could be strengthened on strong footing.

Anwar Hussain, Chief Executive of Local Councils Association of the Punjab-Pakistan, on his mail to Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC, acknowledged this organization role in supporting local government heading to democracy. ADLG is currently seeing to become a member of UCLG ASPAC.