About IDLG

IDLG History

Independent Directorate of Local Governance IDLG is an independent branch of the local structures, established through presidential Decree No. 1047 of 30 August 2007, has the mandate to leading and coordinating Afghanistan’s new sub-national governance, providing support to provincial administrations, building provincial and district capacity, enforcing laws and regulations, improving service delivery by enhancing the accountability and transparency of the local governments in local levels through strong and capable sub national government administrations in 34 provinces, 374 formal and informal districts and 153 municipalities.

IDLG’s vision is to make a difference in the lives of Afghan citizens by providing them good governance. IDLG’s mission is consolidating peace and stability, achieving development and equitable economic growth and achieving improvements in service delivery through just, democratic processes and institutions of good governance at the sub‐national level.

 Organizational Structure

Administrative Reform

Deputy Governor and District Chief Recruitment

Based on Decree No. 2113 dated 26/12/1388, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the deputy governor and district governor, is recruited through the fair, transparent, merit-based appointment procedures, with a consideration for gender equality

To date, more than 80% of local administration recruitment have been completed through the new pay and grading (P&G) reform. Its worth to mention that, 32 of the deputy governors and about 233 district governors, are recruited and assigned to their duties through the new Pay and Grading System.

IDLG Priorities

Administration Reform

  • Establishing District Councils
  • Municipality Development Initiatives
  • Foster Urban Governance
  • Developing Legislation. Strategies and Policies
  • Regulate Special Relationship with international Stakeholders
  • Close Partnership with other line miniseries and stakeholders

Afghanistan Local Administration Policy

Based on Article 137 of the Constitution of Afghanistan and in accordance with the Decree No. 1047 dated 22 th of April 2008 of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and in cooperation with 25 ministries and IDLG, Local Administration Policy was formulated, developed and delivered.


The local government entities within the province, district and village should be accountable to the people living in those areas. The creation of government departments at different levels are an important partner in terms of public service delivery to the people. The elected local councils that represent the people’s demands are considered as the most important and first in the GIRoA hierarchy after the people. Local government bodies are accountable to the people through these local councils.

Local government’s Roles and Responsibilities at the provincial, district and village level 

  • Providing peace and stability and security
  • Rule of Law
  • Realizing, maintaining, promoting and developing the human rights of Afghan citizens
  • Development of cultural, social, economic and educational affairs
  • Providing services to the people. Services that the government should provide to the public, and other duties set forth in official laws and regulations

IDLG’s Mandate:

  • Improving sub‐national governance in order to achieve stability, security, and development
  • Providing good governance at the sub‐national level
  • Establishing and strengthening government institutions at the sub‐national level
  • Ensuring public participation in decision making

IDLG has four functions, as follows:

  • Policy Development: Development of sub‐national governance policy and revision of laws, regulations, and rules of procedure in line with this policy
  • Institutional Development: Provision of organizational strengthening, capacity building, and support to sub‐national governance institutions
  • Broader Governance: Support for the participation of stakeholders and citizens in sub-national governance processes
  • Support: Facilitating the delivery of national programs and initiatives through sub-national governance institutions