Resource Guide on Decentralisation and Local Government
Estimates suggest that decentralisation is currently being pursued in over 80 per cent of developing countries worldwide. For many people, local government is the part of government that most directly impacts on their lives, particularly via the provision of local services like water, sanitation, primary education and primary healthcare.
This resource guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing and evaluating decentralisation reforms and local government practices to ensure they are as effective as possible. It also synthesises and presents current debates on the impact of decentralisation and local government on poverty reduction, service delivery and conflict as well as providing links to cutting-edge research and recent case studies.
The guide includes summaries of key texts. Each short summary provides a link to an extended summary which can be found in the alphabetised appendix.
The Changing Role of the State
Designing and Strengthening Local Government
Participation and Accountability
Monitoring and Evaluation
Decentralisation and Development
Local Service Delivery
Decentralisation, Conflict and Fragile Contexts
Relevant Organisations and Resources
- Agriculture Expand or collapse me
- Democracy and elections Expand or collapse me
- Debt and finance policy
- Economic development Expand or collapse me
- Education, gender and health Expand or collapse me
- Law and human rights Expand or collapse me
- Public administration and governance Expand or collapse me
- Small states Expand or collapse me
- Trade Expand or collapse me
- Youth policy