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Client Power, Citizen Participation, Institutions and Services Delivery: Theory and Evidence with Special Emphasis on Africa

"This paper discusses the impact of alternative institutional arrangements of service delivery on clients’ power, with special emphasis on Africa. It reviews the existing economic literature with regard to the rationale for institutionalizing clie...

Local Autonomy and Citizen Participation in Tanzania: From a Local Government Reform Perspective

"This report analyses data on local autonomy and citizen participation from six councils for the period 2000-2004. The following themes are discussed in this report: (a) good governance (b) accountability and transparency of local leaders to the c...

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 Content in the Oil and Gas Sector An Assessment of Uganda’s Legal and Policy Regimes

This policy brief assesses the legal and policy approaches so far adopted in ensuring the participation of Ugandans in the oil and gas sector. The brief assesses the standards set in the Oil and Gas Policy, 2008, the Petroleum (Exploration, Devel...

Review of Status of Public Participation and County Information Dissemination Frameworks: A Case Study of Isiolo Kisumu Makueni and Turkana Counties

The Constitution of Kenya in 2010 gave prominence to the principle of public participation. Participation should imbue all public affairs and be promoted by both Non-State Actors and the State acting in public interest. The Constitution sets key r...

Citizen Engagement in Zimbabwe at Lowest Level in a Decade

"Seven of 10 Zimbabweans consider it the duty of every citizen not only to vote in elections but also to participate in national and community affairs between elections, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows. Yet most Zimbabweans never engage wit...

Expansion of Labour-Based Methods in Maintenance of Public Roads: Options for Promotion of Citizen Participation in Uganda

In this paper the purpose for public participation in public expenditure governance is established within the road sector. It further discusses its implications for decision making and then draws on the rationale for using local labour not only t...

Technology and the Nature of Active Citizenship: The Case of Botswana

The use of technology in citizen participation has grown phenomenally in developed countries, but is emergent in most developing countries. Accessibility and the functionality of information and communication technologies such as telephone, cellul...

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