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Decentralization and Local Governments in Kenya


  • Balakrishna Menon, James Mutero and Simon Macharia

    (The World Bank)

  • James Mutero
  • Simon Macharia


This paper is adapted from a recent World Bank study that examined the performance of Kenya’s five largest cities, namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Elodret. That study identified a host of factors that have contributed to the failure of Kenyan cities, especially Nairobi and other large cities, from realizing their full economic potential. Chief among those factors was the marginalization of Kenya’s local governments over the last four decades, and the weak accountability and capacities of these units to be responsive and efficient to their constituents.

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  • Balakrishna Menon, James Mutero and Simon Macharia & James Mutero & Simon Macharia, 2008. "Decentralization and Local Governments in Kenya," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0832, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper0832

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    1. Henderson, J. Vernon, 1991. "Urban Development: Theory, Fact, and Illusion," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195069020.
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