Mobilising tax revenue to finance development : the case for property taxation in Francophone Africa

Abstract: The design and implementation of property tax systems in West Africa as a source of national or municipal revenue is analysed. Development partners could support tax reform through capacity building in the areas of fiscal decentralisation, governance, skills, ICT, collection, and enforcement. Author(s): Monkam, Nara F. Source(s): , Working paper / University of Pretoria;…

Schooling and decentralization : patterns and policy implications in francophone west Africa

Abstract: The impact of decentralization on the functioning of schools and district education offices was studied in Benin, Guinea, Mali and Senegal. Problems are identified and innovative initiatives are highlighted. The state should change in its role towards more support and equity. Author(s): Lugaz, Candy; De Grauwe, Anton; Baldé, Djénabou Source(s): , Management reform for…

The eight modes of local governance in west Africa

Abstract: Several meanings of the term governance are discussed before an own definition is given. A comparative analysis is made of different modes of local governance in Francophone West Africa, e.g. chiefly, associational, communal, state, project based, patronage based, religious and business. Author(s): Olivier De Sardan, Jean-Pierre; Appleyard, Paul Source(s): , APPP working paper; 4…

LOGO south programme (MIC) 2007-2010

Abstract: The programme aims to strengthen good local government as a condition for poverty reduction. It targets 12 local government associations in four regions: Asia, Central-America, West-Africa and East-Africa. It focuses on capacity building of politicians, decision makers and civil servants. Author(s): VNG Source(s): , Published: 2009 VNG international, The Hague (English; Spanish; Russian ISBN/ISSN:…

What can rural local governments contribute to private sector development?

Abstract: This paper examines how local governments can support private sector actors within their territory: farmers and enterprises, both formal and informal. The focus is on poverty alleviation in West Africa. Author(s): Hilhorst, Dorothea H.M.; Baltissen, Gerard; Lodenstein, Elsbet Source(s): , KIT working papers series; WPS.G2 ii, 14 p KIT working papers series WPS.G2 Published:…

Effectiveness of bylaws in the management of natural resources : the west African experience

Abstract: Recognizing bylaws is one of the most effective arrangements in natural resources management at a local level as they will more easily allow harmonization of the ongoing decentralization process with local practices. Author(s): Alinon, Koffi; Kalinganire, Antoine Source(s): , CAPRi working paper; 93 10 p., ill., tabs CAPRi working paper 93 Published: 2008 International…

WACSI : West Africa civil society institute

Abstract: WACSI was set up to bridge the institutional and operational gaps identified in civil society. It seeks to strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of CSOs to engage in policy formulation, implementation, and the promotion of democratic values and principles in West Africa. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2008 West Africa civil society institute (WACSI),…

Young people’s participation in local governance

Abstract: During the European Development Days of 2008, young people from West Africa and Europe met for a Youth Forum entitled “Let your voice be heard: a forum by and for youth in local governance”. They produced a large number of videos that can be seen here. Author(s): Source(s): , 1:44 min., ill. Published: 2008…

Accroître les ressources financières des communes : pratiques émergentes en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

Abstract: The mobilization and management of financial resources is one of the pillars of the decentralization and sustainable provision of basic services in local communities. This book examines what progress has been made in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Cameroon. Author(s): Keita, Amagoin; Baltissen, Gerard; Hilhorst, Dorothea H.M. Source(s): , 95 p., ill., tabs,…

Open society initiative for West Africa : OSIWA : helping West Africans to build open societies

Abstract: The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) was established in 2000 as a part of the global network of autonomous Soros Foundations. OSIWA promotes open societies where democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms and widespread civic participation prevail. Author(s): OSIWA Source(s): , Published: 2008 Open society initiative for West Africa…