Established in 1926, the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG), has been the steadfast friend, philosopher and guide to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the Country. For more than eight decades it has contributed to the principles and practice of urban governance, education, research and capacity building. It has designed and developed a vast array of training literature and courses and trained more than 1.5 million stakeholders in diverse areas of urban governance and urban services delivery.
These activities of the AIILSG are practiced through 30 regional centres spread across the Country. The Institute anchors the Regional Centre of Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES) of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India for Western India region. This Centre is actively involved in building capabilities of municipal officials, staff and elected members from the States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and the Union Territories of Diu, Daman, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli by upgrading their knowledge and skills required for effective administration and implementation of various urban development programmes.
With a view to cater to the growing requirement of ULBs in regard to services, the AIILSG runs specialized capacity building institutions such as the National Fire Academy, the Nrupur Institute of Nursing Science and Research and the Centre for Environment & Disaster Management at Vadodara, PRUDA at Ahmedabad, National Resource Centre for Urban Poverty, International Centre of EQUI-T, the Disaster Management Cell and the Centre of GIS at Pune. It runs the Solid Waste Management Cell of the Government of Maharashtra. In recent years, AIILSG has ventured into rural and tribal capacity building and handholding of rural institutions of self-governance.
Over the years, AIILSG has organised local, national and international seminars and conferences to foster debate on issues of urban relevance with a view to dissemination of ideas, better understanding and policy advocacy. It has undertaken a wide gamut of projects to assist states and organisations in the delivery of specific outputs that they have sought. In all that AIILSG has done, it has taken care to work with a full range of stakeholders-grassroots organisations, NGOs, ULBs, state and national governments, international organisations, organisations of the UN, research organisations and universities.
The Institute has organised several tailor-made capacity building programmes for various countries in South Asia, viz, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and in other regions, including South Africa, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, etc. The Institute has linkages with renowned international organizations including UNCHS (Habitat), UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, DFID, CITYNET, CLGF, US-AEP and the Ford Foundation. It is the anchor institution for Urban Management Programme (UMP – UNCHS – Habitat) for South Asia.