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An overview of decentralization and local governance in Eastern and Southern Africa

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  • Kundishora, Phillip

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This paper reviews the decentralization process in Eastern and Southern Africa. It begins with an analysis of the socio-economic as well as the political challenges confronting most countries in the region. This analysis places the decentralization debate into context as these challenges have a bearing on the outcome of any reforms undertaken. The paper goes on to define decentralization and local democracy in order to come up with a clear understanding of the different forms of decentralization as well as the tenets of local democracy.

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  • Kundishora, Phillip, 2009. "An overview of decentralization and local governance in Eastern and Southern Africa," MPRA Paper 15701, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:15701
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    1. World Bank, 2006. "World Development Indicators 2006," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 8151, April.
    2. Silverman, J.M., 1992. "Public Sector Decentralization; Economic Policy and Sector Investment Programs," Papers 188, World Bank - Technical Papers.
    3. Sharma, Chanchal Kumar, 2004. "Decentralization Dilemma: Measuring the Degree and Evaluating the Outcomes," MPRA Paper 204, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Nov 2005.
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    Keywords

    decentralization; local governance; democracy.;

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    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations

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