17 June, Uganda — The East Africa Local Governments Association (EALGA) has announced its rebranding to the East African County and Local Governments Association (EACLGA), effective 01 July 2024.

The name change reflects the organization’s commitment to inclusivity and acknowledges the unique structure of local governance in Kenya, particularly the County Governments established under their 2010 Constitution.

Official logo. Credit: EACLGA

The decision to rebrand stems from two key developments: the Council of Governors of Kenya (COG) and the County Assemblies Forum of Kenya (CAF) joining EACLGA, and amending the organization’s constitution to better represent the diverse decentralization landscape across East Africa.

Gertrude Rose Gamwera Buyinga

Secretary General EACLGA

“We are thrilled to embark on this new chapter as East African County and Local Governments Association. This move allows us to harmonize the naming to the functionality of the Association to reflect the varied forms of decentralized governance in the region”

According to EACLGA, all existing legal relationships and contracts signed under the name “East Africa Local Governments Association” will remain valid until the end of their term.

The association assured its stakeholders that the name change signified a renewed focus on fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing between county and local governments in the region. The Association will remain dedicated to advocating for subnational governments, strengthening relationships between regional, national, and local levels for improved service delivery, and empowering county and local leaders.


East African County and Local Governments Association is the regional umbrella organization for national, county, and local government associations in East Africa. The Association facilitates the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices to promote good governance, efficient service delivery as well as the development of vibrant and sustainable local communities.

It is located in Arusha, Tanzania and its members include the Association des Communes du Burundi (ACO-BURUNDI), Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT), County Assemblies Forum of Kenya (CAF), Council of Governors of Kenya (COG), Rwanda Local Government Association (RALGA) and Uganda Local Governments Association (ULGA).

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