Efficiency of local service provision in Zambia’s health, education and road sectors : implications for decentralisation and the effectiveness of budget support

Abstract: This study examines the scope for improving the operational efficiency of public financial management (PFM) in sub-Saharan African countries, using the case of local service provision in Zambia’s health, education, and road sectors. Author(s): Leiderer, Stefan Source(s): , Studies / German development institute; 71 304 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Studies / German development…

Donor program harmonization, aid effectiveness and decentralized governance

Abstract: The case studies from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, and Uganda provide examples of donor harmonization (and the lack thereof) and review the obstacles to harmonization and alignment faced by the development partners working in these specific country contexts. Author(s): Smoke, Paul; Winters, Matthew S. Source(s): , Local governance & decentralisation 23 p…

Community organisers toolbox : local government

Abstract: This section of the toolbox will help you to understand how local government works in South Africa. It contains sections on development, finance, services and so on. Local municipalities must encourage public participation and every guide will give you some tips on how to interact with your council. Author(s): ETU Source(s): , Published: 2011…

Decentralization of taxation in Africa : policy choices

Abstract: Can decentralization of taxation in Africa help mobilize enough public resources to meet the challenges of the Millennium Development Goals as well as promote good governance for an efficient supply of public goods? It is an essential tool and it is growing, but there are problems. Author(s): Chambas, Gérard Source(s): , [16] p. Published:…

Corruption, accountability, and decentralization : theory and evidence from Mexico

Abstract: Theory holds that decentralized governments that rely on own-source revenues should be more fiscally efficient than decentralized governments that rely on grant financing. This was confirmed by data from Mexico. Also, poverty – a measure of uninformed citizens – led to greater corruption. Author(s): Goodspeed, Timothy J. Source(s): , 32 p., ill., graphs, tabs…

Adapting land administration to the institutional framework of customary tenure : the case of peri-urban Ghana

Abstract: Case studies from peri-urban areas in Ghana and participatory GIS are used to demonstrate that customary rights can be recognized by adapting land administration to the institutional framework of customary tenure, provided customary institutions receive sufficient support to undertake LA functions. Author(s): Arko-Adjei, Anthony Source(s): , Sustainable urban areas; 39 255 p., ill., maps,…

Local governments in rural West Bengal, India and their coordination with line departments

Abstract: This article focuses on the formal structures of coordination and control with regard to decision-making between the Panchayats and the line departments. In practice, these processes involve lack of role definition, problems of accountability, and politics over access to resources. Author(s): Chakrabarti, Bhaskar; Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra; Nath, Suman Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance…

ACLGI : African commission for local government improvement

Abstract: The Commission is a unique collaboration of local government advisory bodies, professional bodies, consultancies; and universities committed to the improvement and professionalization of local government in Africa. It is particularly committed to supporting Local Government Associations (LGAs). Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2011 African commission for local government improvement (ACLGI), [Milton Keynes] (English ISBN/ISSN: /…