Rural Decentralization and Local Governance

Does decentralization enhance service delivery and poverty reduction?

Ahmad, Ehtisham and Brosio, Giorgio | cop. 2009
  • Author(s): Ahmad, Ehtisham and Brosio, Giorgio
  • Publisher: Elgar
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: development assistance, political economy, poverty alleviation, fiscal policy, decentralization in government
Does decentralization enhance service delivery and poverty reduction? Drawing on cutting edge research, expert contributors present new empirical evidence from across the globe. Specially commissioned research focuses on the political economy process and the results of the decentralization process.

Decentralization and service delivery

Ahmad, Junaid | 2005
  • Author(s): Ahmad, Junaid
  • Publisher: World bank
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: decentralization in government, public administration, fiscal policy, local government, accountability, public services
This paper provides a framework that explains both why decentralization can generate substantial improvements in service delivery, and why it often falls short of this promise. Strong relationships of accountability between the actors in the service delivery chain are emphasized.

Sourcebook for community driven development in sub-Saharan Africa : community driven development in the Africa region

Aiyar, Swaminthan S. | 2001
  • Author(s): Aiyar, Swaminthan S.
  • Publisher: World bank]
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: local government, community participation, economic development, social development, guidelines, africa south of sahara
This sourcebook describes a variety of practical techniques that can be tailored to the particular conditions in each country. Examples relate to Africa but can be applied elsewhere. There is considerable evidence that participation and decentralization have worked in many countries.

Professionalising local government leadership : a foundational imperative

Ajayi, Olubunmi | 2011]
  • Author(s): Ajayi, Olubunmi
  • Publisher: Commonwealth local government forum (CLGF)
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: local government, leadership, public administration, capacity building, africa south of sahara
This paper presents a case for the professionalization of local government in Africa within the context of reform and new public management. It emphasizes the need for a change in the philosophy of local government that is articulated through demonstrable behavioural and attitudinal change.

Professionalising local government leadership : a foundational imperative

Ajayi, Olubunmi | 2011
  • Author(s): Ajayi, Olubunmi
  • Publisher: University of technology Sydney (UTS)]
  • Pages: 136--149
  • Keywords: accountability, finance, public services, training programmes, capacity building, local government, africa south of sahara
The aim of this paper is to stimulate and facilitate a collaborative inquiry into the need, motivations and benefits for a professionalized local government. With the right, robust and rigorous interventions and support, local government can truly become a vehicle for lasting development.

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