In-Profile – Kelmend Zajazi, Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS)

For the 53nd edition of the DeLoG Newsletter we had the pleasure to interview Kelmend Zajazi of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS). In his interview, Kelmend discusses NALAS’ Strategy for Local Government Associations (LGAs) 2018-2022, subnational governments’ role in managing the COVID-19 crisis and lessons learned from NALAS’ recent COVID-19 survey.

Mr. Zajazi has served as the Executive Director of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS) for over ten years. Through cooperations with 14 Local Government Associations (LGAs) from 12 economies NALAS is able to represent the interests of 9,000 municipalities. As NALAS’ focal point for DeLoG, Kelmend shares his perspective on the role that decentralisation plays for the organisation’s work, while also offering insights into the regional context of South-Eastern Europe.

Prior to his time at NALAS Mr. Zajazi managed a number of USAID’s programmes, including USAID’s “Local Government Reforms Project”, the “Make Decentralization Work in Macedonia” project as well USAID’s “Democracy Network Program for Civil Society Development”. Moreover, he has served as an Advisor to the Minister of Health of Macedonia and has worked with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office. Kelmend Zajazi is a Medical Doctor and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Learn even more by checking out his interview here.