Open governance is a concept that moves beyond the traditional notion of
government and describes the relationships between leaders, public
institutions and citizens, their interaction and decision-making
processes. Open governance is comprised of three main elements - rights,
institutions and policies, and tools.
An interlocal agreement is a contract between government agencies that work to provide services to the public, such as parks and bus systems. An interlocal agreement can exist between cities and schools or counties and school districts. These agreements permit government agencies in an area to share their budgets to reach a common goal they may be unable to reach separately.
This first module-General Course on Inter-Local Cooperation-provides you with an introduction to inter-local cooperation (ILC) covering its definition, rationale, legal bases, and historical background. It also orients you to the critical ingredients in building and sustaining an ILC, which will be discussed in more detail in the succeeding modules.