The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) is a nationwide organisation and the mouthpiece of all Local Authorities (Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies – MMDAs) in Ghana.


The origins of NALAG can be traced to 2nd April, 1962, where two separate associations (the National Association of Local Councils and the Association of City/Municipal Councils) existed to serve the interest of rural and urban councils in Ghana. On 18th November, 1977 the two Associations realizing that there were similarity in their objectives and that they were performing similar and duplicating roles, merged to form the National Association of Local Councils (NALCO) as an apolitical organization without religious or philosophical pre-occupation or orientation. Following the restructuring of the system of local government in Ghana in 1988 by the government of Ghana, and in tune with international designation of Local Governments, NALCO became NALAG - National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana. NALAG continued to receive government subvention until 1998 when the Association voluntarily decided to opt out of it to give it the independence and autonomy to play its roles more effectively.
Principal Aims & Objectives • Promote the development of Local government administration and decentralisation in Ghana through Advocacy and Lobbying. • Protect the rights, privileges and interests of all member District Assemblies as may be affected by existing and future legislation or policies. • Assist in maintaining high standards of Local government (Administration) service delivery. • Provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, experience and information on matters of mutual interest related to local government and decentralisation. • Co-operate with other bodies and agencies both national and international with identical objectives for the promotion of effective and efficient government service delivery. • Do all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objective of the association. Mechanisms for Achieving Its Aims NALAG works to achieve its objectives through • Advocacy and Lobbying. • Training and Capacity Building Activities. • Organization of fora/platforms for good governance, leadership and best practices. • Research and Development. • Networking and Collaboration work. • Public Education. • Direct Support to District Assemblies. • Facilitating City to City Links