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.
Foreword Introduction The Changing Role of the State Designing and Strengthening Local Government Fiscal Decentralisation Participation and Accountability Monitoring and Evaluation Decentralisation and Development Local Service Delivery Decentralisation, Conflict and Fragile Contexts Relevant Organisations and Resources Appendix