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The Role of Fiscal Decentralization in Promoting Participatory Development in Ethiopia

"Decentralization is used to denote the transfer of responsibility from central government bodies and its agencies to field units of the central government, and semi-autonomous private or voluntary organizations. This definition is obviously too b...

Fiscal Decentralization : Experiences of Selected Countries

"The objective of this paper is therefore to investigate the experiences of three selected countries - the United States of America, Brazil and Russia - and draw appropriate lessons for Ethiopia. The rationale for selecting these countries is str...

Reflections on the 2008 Zimbabwe Elections

"This analysis seeks to explore how the 2008 elections in Zimbabwe remained central in addressing and/or worsening the persisting political and economic landscape in Zimbabwe and its impact on regional peace and security in southern Africa and th...

Local Government and Democracy in Lesotho

"This briefing, describing changes in democratic attitudes in Lesotho, is based on a survey of 1,161 Basotho who are 18 years of age or older, administered between 6 July 2005 and 17 August 2005. The survey was conducted in 145 villages, in census...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Mbarara District council Score-card Report 2012/2013

"This is the second Local Government Scorecard assessment report for Mbarara District Local Government. Using the scorecard, ACODE assesses the performance of the District Council, the Speaker and individual Councilors who are vested with powers a...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Moroto District Council Score-Card Report 2012/2013

"This is the fourth report for Moroto District Local Government for the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative. The score-card assessed the performance the Local Government Council, the Chairperson, the Speaker and individual Councilors ...

L’impact de la Qualité de la Gouvernance sur la Rentabilite Durable des Entreprises Familiales dans le Contexte d'un Pays en Développement : Le cas du Cameroun / The Impact of the Quality of Governance on the Sustainable Profitability of the Family Busine

The objective of this paper is to identify the determinants of the quality of corporate governance and to empirically evaluate the relationship between the sustainable profitability of the company and three indicators, namely: the size of the man...

Understanding the Local Government System in Kenya A Citizen's Handbook

The first objective of this handbook is to provide citizens with information and insight on local government matters. The second objective is to sensitize citizens and other stakeholders to use the information and engage Local Authority leadership...

Elections in Mozambique A Smooth Journey, or a Hurdle to Skip?

"Mozambique’s fifth democratic election is due to take place in October 2014. Until June 2014, it appeared as if Renamo would escalate its armed resistance against Frelimo, the ruling party, because of alleged unfulfilled terms of the 1992 peace a...

Transparency and Accountability in Local Governance in Tanzania

When citizens perceive their government to be transparent and accountable to them - democracy will only grow and thrive. Citizens will support and complement government efforts if the government informs them of how decisions that affect them are t...

Citizen Participation and Local Governance in Tanzania

Meaningful governance at the local level cannot be imagined without effective citizen participation. Local Government Reform (LGR) in Tanzania, envisaged local governments whose leadership is chosen through free and fair elections, and local gover...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Moyo District Council Score-Card Report 2012/2013

"The objective of this report is to provide information and analysis based on the assessment conducted during FY 2012/13. The assessment reviewed documents on planning and budgeting, service delivery monitoring, and Moyo District Local Government ...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Kabarole District Council Score-Card Report 2012/2013

"In Kabarole District, the first assessment was done in 2011/12 which makes this the second assessment report for Kabarole District Local Government. Assessment was done on four categories of the district political leadership, i.e. the Council, th...

Local Government Councils’ Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda: Ntungamo District Council Score-Card Report 2012/13

"The objective of this report is to provide information and analysis based on the assessment conducted during Financial Year (FY) 2012/13. The assessment reviewed documents on planning and budgeting, service delivery monitoring, and Ntungamo Distr...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda: Buliisa District Council Score-Card Report 2012/2013

The main objective of this report is to provide information and analysis based on the assessment conducted during Financial Year (FY) 2012/13. The assessment reviewed documents on planning and budgeting, service delivery monitoring; and Buliisa D...

Local Government Councils Score-Card Assessment Report 2013/14: A Combination of Gains, Reversals and Reforms

This assessment report is organized into seven chapters. In the introductory chapter an overview is provided of (LGCSCI) Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative and of the decentralization context in which service delivery in Uganda occur...

The 2013 General Elections in Kenya: The Integrity of the Electoral Process

The 2013 general elections in Kenya was followed by the comparative national elections project (CNEP) post election survey. One of the primary objectives was to generate data that could provide insights into the views and attitudes of Kenyan vote...

Kenya's Urban Development in the 21st Century: The Call for Innovative Initiatives from Local Authorities

In municipal councils in Kenya, urban environment development plans are drawn up but not followed through. In rural councils, environment development plans are not made at all and therefore development comes about in a haphazard manner. Community ...

Voter Information in Kenya's 2013 Election News Media, Political Discussion and Party Campaigns

The primary objective of the Comparative National Election Project (CNEP) post election survey, held in Kenya – was to generate data that could provide insights into the views and attitudes of Kenyan voters about their political institutions and t...

Nigéria: Ce Géant aux Pieds d’Argile / Nigeria: The Giant with Feet of Clay

On the eve of the Nigerian elections, the focus is on a continental superpower which has passed within a few months from euphoria to despair and anxiety. The main issues of this election are volatility of commodity prices, corruption and populism ...

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