Decentralization and Development Partnership: Lessons from by Fumihiko Saito

By Fumihiko Saito

This publication offers the type of on-the-ground examine the method and result of decentralization that we've got been lacking within the debates over "decentralization" and in efforts to devise for greater assembly of people's wishes via a technique of devolved accountability and financing, specially in Africa.

Norman Uphoff, Director, Cornell foreign Institute for foodstuff, Agriculture and Development

Cornell collage, U.S.A.

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Even in some single-party systems, parties quickly changed their role from an organization of representation to a mere extension of state administration and political control. Legislatures were undermined, although the degree of autonomy and stability differed from country to country.

8 Numerous ideas which are mutually related within the neoclassical economics supported this planning stance: functional integration of urban-industrial growth, hierarchical diffusion of innovations, trickle-down, etc (Brohman, 1996, chapter 7). 1 Formation of the Modern State and its Spread into Africa 31 striving forward for a promising future from being efficient and responsive to the aspirations of Africans. Similarly, coercive apparatus were enlarged. Armies and police, taken over from colonial regimes as a symbol of state sovereignty, were augmented to contain anti-government activities and to provide badly needed support to fragile regimes in power.

In contrast to education, decentralized local governments actually have reduced resources allocated for health. To improve health conditions, measures to improve funding arrangements, to provide more information, and to engage people closely in monitoring policy outcomes are urgently needed. The area of health is a test case to convince the public that decentralization efforts indeed lead to improved public services. The comparison of education and health is useful. Whereas both sectors now adopt a sector-wide approach (SWAP) in which donor coordination is improved, the contrast is also striking.

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