The Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA) is a semi-governmental Non-Profit association that forms a comprehensive framework which holds all the Palestinian local authorities and works for and with them, to provide better services for the Palestinian citizen by defending their rights, and representing them on all levels nationally, regionally, and internationally. The Association was founded on June 19, 1997 in Jerusalem by a presidential decree.
APLA has set out its role to link local municipalities with international ones, represent, and defend local authorities by using all means and instruments of lobbying and advocacy on the central and legislative authorities and service provider companies to assist the local authorities and be fair with them. Also, it works on the capacity building of the local authorities through the exchange of information and experiences to assist them in certain special fields that contribute to the development of performance of their employees.
The Association Board (General Assembly) shall consist of all the members who paid their annual subscription fees. General Assembly consists of all local authorities, and supervised by the Administrative Board comprised of 47 elected members by the General Assembly. The Administrative Board shall convene a meeting, chaired by the President of the Association or his/her deputy, once every six months. It can also convene special meetings, when necessary, at the invitation of its President or at a written request signed by at least half the members of the Administrative Board submitted to APLA President. The Decisions of the Administrative Board are made by the absolute majority of the members present. A member of the Administrative Board may not attend the Administrative Board sessions only with an excuse provided at least one day before the meeting.
Also, The Association is managed by an Executive Committee composed of 25 members formed from the heads of municipalities (mayors) as follows: 17 members representing the centers of the governorates, two members from the south governorates and six members from the north governorates (two members from the center, two from the north and two from the south). These shall be elected by the Administrative Board, for two years, in its first meeting. The positions within the Executive Board shall be: (President, Deputy President, Secretary, and Treasurer).
APLA President: Abdulkarim AlZubaidi – Mayor of Selfeet
Deputy President: Hanna Hanania - Mayor of Bethlehem
Secretary: Saleh Awwad - Mayor of Yatta
Treasurer: Mahmoud Barham - Mayor of Beita
APLA Executive Director: Abdallah Anati.
APLA, is funded through members’ annual subscription fees, proceeds of money invested by the Association, any revenues, grants or donations provided, allowance for the administration and implementation of projects in the local authorities and the fees for the services provided by the Association for these authorities.
APLA is the official national umbrella that strives to represent and support the Palestinian LGUs, and advocates for their interests and rights to develop and reach their independence in line with the National Policy Agenda and in accordance with good governance principles.
APLA is an independent, professional, and viable organization that represents and advocates for the interests and priorities of LGUs and provides valuable contribution to the local government sector in Palestine.
1. To represent the Local Authorities at the local, Arab and international levels.
2. To promote ties and relationships among the Palestinian local authorities
3. To contribute to the development of the Local Authorities' performance by facilitating the exchange of information and experiences among them.
4. To contribute to the coordination of the Local Authorities’ position/attitude toward their relationship with the Central Authority.
5. To assist Local Authorities in fields those contribute in developing its employees’ performance, through the appropriate training in advanced administrative and technical areas.
6. To develop its members’ foreign relationships, and set APLA and the Local Authorities at the appropriate position among the international organizations.
7. To use all means and instruments of lobbying and advocacy on the central and legislative authorities and services providers to assist and just Local Authorities.
The Association’s membership shall consist of all the existing Local Authorities in Palestine and those that will be formed in the future, Also, the Association’s General Assembly shall consist of all the members who paid their annual subscription fees.
The Association should be supervised by an Administrative Committee comprised of 47 members and formed as follows:
The Association is managed by an Executive Committee composed of twenty five (25) members formed from the heads of municipalities (mayors) as follows: Seventeen (17) members representing the municipalities of the centers of the governorates, two (2) members from the south governorates and six (6) members from the north governorates (two (2) members from the center, two (2) from the north and two (2) from the south), these shall be elected by the Administrative Committee, for two years, in its first meeting. The positions within the Executive Committee shall be: (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer). And the President of the Executive Committee shall be the President of APLA.
Most of local authorities, if not all face several challenges to provide sufficient public services to meet citizens’ needs and demands. In such a context, APLA’s role in developing and reforming the local government is crucial. In fact, strengthening LAs and enabling them to perform, as fully functional local authorities accountable to citizens, are key priorities for APLA. This is the main reason for establishing the Technical Support Unit to improve planning, lobbying and coordination across different policy fields and among local, national and international partners. The main objective of establishing the TSU is to provide the LAs with a strong and clearly identifiable voice capable of promoting their interests and representing their needs, as well as a platform for greater cooperation and mutual support between them.
The TSU will focus its efforts to help the LAs with special emphasis on the Area C Village Councils to provide better services to citizens by providing them with the needed technical assistance and support through the Municipal Technical Hubs at the early stage of the TSU establishment and through the specialized technical units (legal, administrative, financial, planning, and engineering) at the maturity stage of establishing the TSU.