Local government

Sharing good practice in local government structures and services from around the Commonwealth. Topics include decentralisation, financing, legislation and the evolving role of local government.

Publication date: 20 April 2016
Format: Paperback

The complete reference book of local government in the Commonwealth. Updated and revised, the 2015/16 edition details the systems of local government in Commonwealth countries. The profiles are in a format that allows easy country-to-country comparison.

Contributor: Munawwar Alam
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 5
Publication date: 22 July 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This research study examines different approaches to intergovernmental transfers (ICTs) in developing countries in the Commonwealth, and assesses their relative strengths and weaknesses. It includes detailed case studies of India and Kenya, lessons learned from IGT systems in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Publication date: 30 September 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This collection of papers shows how the role of local government is evolving throughout the Commonwealth and provides practical examples of new local government at work. It showcases emerging practice, and highlights success stories from new ways of working and challenges confronting local government in both developed and developing countries.

Contributor: Graham Sansom
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 4
Publication date: 10 April 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This study is designed to help local government practitioners in Pacific island countries review and strengthen their existing legislative and regulatory frameworks. It identifies best practice, examines case studies of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Samoa, and presents ten key principles for effective legislation.

Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 3
Publication date: 14 July 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This topic guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing and evaluating decentralisation reforms and local government practices to ensure they are as effective as possible. It includes summaries of key texts and provides links to cutting edge research and recent case studies.

Contributor: Munawwar Alam
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Publication date: 1 February 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Presents an overview of the municipal finances and the extent of private sector involvement in the delivery of municipal services in selected Commonwealth developing countries. This title examines four cities: Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Kampala in Uganda, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Karachi in Pakistan.

Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Publication date: 1 June 2008
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Explores how fiscal decentralisation takes place alongside administrative decentralisation. This book considers the revenue sources available, systems of intergovernmental transfers between central and local government, and the procedures necessary to ensure that local governments use their financial resources appropriately.

Series title: Managing the Public Service Strategies for Improvement Series
Number within series: 15
Publication date: 1 May 2006
Format: Paperback

For senior managers in local government, policy makers in ministries of local government, and students and researchers in public administration with an interest in local government issues.