The NSA-LA programme supports civil society organisations and local authorities as drivers of development. It enables beneficiaries to hone their ability to provide help and encourages long-term partnerships linking civil society and local authorities. It also co-finances projects in areas as diverse as health, education and rural development.
The programme's strategy paper for 2011-13 outlines three objectives:
- promoting an inclusive and empowered society in partner countries that will facilitate non-state actor and local authority participation in poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies (Objective 1);
- raising awareness of development issues and providing development education in the EU and acceding countries (Objective 2);
- strengthening the coordination of non-state actor and local authority networks in EU and acceding countries and enhancing the communication between these networks (Objective 3).
Objective 1 is implemented through two main strands of activity: interventions in individual countries (objective 1a) and multi-country, multi-regional or international initiatives (objective 1b).
The programme is based on Article 14 of the EU Regulation establishing the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). It replaces earlier programmes for NGO co-financing and decentralised cooperation.