Local government and local development : bridging the gap through critical discourse : evidence from the Commonwealth Caribbean

Abstract: This paper discusses: (1) the institutional and organisational imperatives of a developmental role for local government; and (2) the extent to which these imperatives have been addressed in reform. Generally, local government must be linked more consistently with a local development strategy. Author(s): Schoburgh, Eris D. Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance (CJLG);…

Local government capacity challenges in post apartheid South Africa : lessons learnt

Abstract: In South Africa, the local level is viewed as the delivery arm of the state, but currently it is characterized by inefficiency, maladministration and corruption. Capacity building should take an integrated view of the institutional, organizational, and human resource dimensions involved. Author(s): Davids, Gregory J. Source(s): , African journal of business management; Vol. 5,…

Coping with inadequacy : understanding the effects of central teacher recruitment in six ward secondary schools in Tanzania

Abstract: In Tanzania, decentralization is used to develop secondary education at ward level. This has led to a problem of teacher inadequacy. This PhD thesis discusses how 6 ward secondary schools cope with this inadequacy. Unfortunately, central recruitment has led to an inadequate distribution of teachers. Author(s): Mafuru, Wilhelm Leonard Source(s): , xi, 151 p.,…

The role of local government in local economic development promotion at the district level in Ghana : a study of the Ejisu-Juaben municipal assembly

Abstract: Local governments in Ghana are not able to effectively promote local economic development (LED) as a result of inadequate capacity in terms of funds, logistics and human resources. The central government should strengthen local governments in the process of LED. Author(s): Oduro-Ofori, Eric Source(s): , xix, 274 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published: 2011…

Strengthening social capital : the GoBifo approach in rural Sierra Leone

Abstract: Gobifo is a community-driven development (CDD) project, which supports decentralization and increases village-level social capital by disbursing block grants directly into community development accounts to support health, education, agriculture, infrastructure and income-generation projects. Author(s): Sesay, Sullay; Baltissen, Gerard; Manyeh, Morie Source(s): , 70 p., ill., maps, 23 cm Published: 2011 KIT, Amsterdam (English ISBN/ISSN:…

Improving the implementation of health workforce policies through governance : a review of case studies

Abstract: A study of 4 governance dimensions (including performance, which has an important decentralization component) on human resources for health (HRH) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Governance to improve HRH must be viewed as inseparable from the wider health system and state governance. Author(s): Dieleman, Maria Areke; Shaw, Daniel M.P.; Zwanikken, Prisca Source(s): ,…

Ethical leadership and political culture in local government : a civil society perspective on local governance in South Africa

Abstract: Important avenues to build better leadership in local government in South Africa are highlighted. A collective change in attitudes and in practices on the part of leadership is needed. Softer issues such as values, a shared vision, commitment, motivation, learning and trust are equally important. Author(s): Van Donk, Mirjam Source(s): , 96 p., ill.,…

Zimbabwe in transition : what about the local level?

Abstract: An examination of local governance in Zimbabwe in 2009 showed that local administration officials are much better educated and more experienced than local elected officials. Contrary to the opinion of these local officials, citizen involvement is actually quite weak. Health care is in a poor state. Author(s): Bland, Gary Source(s): , RTI research report…

Challenges for decentralisation and local government reforms

Abstract: Decentralization is at present not perfectly performing in the way it was designed: (1) they do not dispose of full autonomy in local decision-making; (2) the level of human and financial resources is limited; and (3) the intended increase in popular participation has only been partially achieved. Author(s): Lwendo, Sitali Brian Source(s): , New…