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National League of Communes/Sangkats of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Key Facts

Acronym: NLC/S
Address: House No. 4, Street 462
Khan Charmkar Mon
P.O. Box 944
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Legal Status:
Founded: 15/08/2006

The National League of Commune/Sangkats is a local association representing 1,621 communes/sangkats across the Kingdom of Cambodia. Our aim is to enhance the status and capacity of Commune/Sangkat Councils and to achieve a democratic and decentralized administration that is effective, sustainable, transparent, accountable and self-reliant in Cambodia.

In specific, our objectives are:

  • Assist Commune/Sangkat Councils to become democratic institutions that are self-reliant and sustainable;
  • Make Commune/Sangkat Councils more responsive to the special needs of people in poverty, women, children, and other vulnerable groups;
  • Provide and facilitate programs for capacity building of Commune/ Sangkat Councils independently and in cooperation with local, national and international institutions and local authorities;
  • Strive to ensure that women can participate fully in local governance;
  • Foster cooperation among Commune/Sangkat Councils to promote and achieve effective decentralized local self-governance;
  • Promote a culture of collaboration, learning and sharing among Commune/Sangkat Councils;
  • Represent and protect the collective interests, concerns and needs of Commune/Sangkat Councils in the preparation of national and provincial policies and programs;
  • Communicate and consult with the Royal Government and its agencies, political parties, members of the National Assembly, members of the Senate and other local, national and international authorities about issues relating to local governance in Cambodia;
  • Promote and enhance the role of the National League of Communes/ Sangkats and Provincial/Municipal Associations of Commune/Sangkat Councils as representatives and consultative bodies for Commune/ Sangkat Councils;
  • Establish linkages and cooperation with local government associations outside Cambodia for learning, sharing experiences and support.

In our international activities, we cooperate with numerous international donor organizations, such as the European Commission, the United Nations, or with the International Co-operation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

Projects being implemented by NLC/S are amongst others:

  1. Decentralized and Democratic Local Governance (DDLG), with EC-UNDP
  2. Association Capacity Building of the (ACB), with VNG International with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  3. Promoting Community Development and Effective Local Governance in Cambodian Communes through NLC/S, with VNG International with funding from EC Cambodia  
  4. Municipal Partnership Project (MPP) with FCM with finding from CIDA
  5. Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in South East Asia, with KAS under the funding from EC

NLS/S has been a member of UCLG-ASPAC, the United Cities of Local Governance in Southeast-Asia since Oct 2007, and a member of Capacity Building and Institutional Development of UCLG World since Feb 2010.


Address: House No. 4, Street 462
Khan Charmkar Mon
P.O. Box 944
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone: +855.23.211406

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