Local institutional and political structures and processes : recent experience in Africa

Abstract: This article reviews basic institutional and political mechanisms intended to facilitate effective decentralization and intergovernmental fiscal relations in Africa, including legal, constitutional, fiscal and managerial reforms. Particular attention is given to internal and external accountability. Author(s): Olowu, Dele Source(s): Public administration and development; 23(2003)1, p. 41-52, ill., tabs Public administration and development 23(2003)1 Published:…

Decentralisation and poverty reduction in Africa : the politics of local-central relations

Abstract: Evidence from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania shows that decentralization is unlikely to lead to more pro-poor outcomes without a serious effort to strengthen and broaden accountability mechanisms at both local and national levels. Author(s): Crook, Richard C. Source(s): Public administration and development; 23(2003)1, p. 77-88 Public administration and development 23(2003)1 Published:…

Constraints and perspectives on democracy in Mozambique : report on NiZA conference, The Hague, February 1, 2002

Abstract: In 2002, a conference about the constraints and perspectives of democracy in Mozambique was held in The Hague to discuss how to strengthen democracy and how to prevent the escalation of political tensions. Author(s): Doeleman, Elma Source(s): , [22] p., 29 cm Published: 2002 Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA), Amsterdam (English ISBN/ISSN: /…

Decentralization policies and practices under structural adjustment and democratization in Africa

Abstract: The relationship between structural adjustment and democratization, and the institutionalization of local government in African countries is analysed. Suggestions are offered for improving the design and implementation of decentralization policies. Author(s): Olowu, Dele Source(s): , Democracy, governance and human rights programme paper; 4 31 p., 30 cm Democracy, governance and human rights programme paper…

Popular participation in Bolivia : does the law participación popular secure participation of the rural Bolivian population?

Abstract: The Bolivian law on popular participation of 1995 gave only mixed results in the first 5 years. The power-holding structures at the local level still are occupied by the political parties. Author(s): Andersson, Vibeke Source(s): , CDR working paper; 99.6 18 p., 30 cm CDR working paper 99.6 Published: 1999 Centre for development studies,…