Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series

Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers in Developing Countries

Contibutors: Munawwar Alam
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.

Municipal Infrastructure Financing

Contibutors: Munawwar Alam
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.

Principles for Local Government Legislation

Contibutors: Graham Sansom
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.

Resource Guide on Decentralisation and Local Government

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.

Financing Local Government

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.