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Post Apartheid Local Government reforms: A small town perspective

"This CDE Focus confirms many of the shortcomings in South Africa’s small towns. There is a lack of crucial municipal staff, management capacity, and resources necessary to sustain new infrastructure projects. Substantial unresolved issues have aris…

Working together: Assessing public-private partnerships in Africa

"Governments are looking to public-private partnerships (PPPs) to radically improve infrastructure networks in their countries and enhance service delivery to their people. They are hoping that this development finance model — where the state shares…

Is Botswana advancing or regressing in its democracy?

"There is wide consensus among academics and political analysts that Botswana has been hailed as one of the “old democracies” in Africa, but that there have been reports of political wrangling in the country. Landsberg maintains that the southern Af…

A Future in Dispute: Political perspectives on South Africa's provincial system

"This study examines this renewed debate mainly, from the perspectives of the major political parties in the country. It seeks to understand what views and ideas these parties hold in the wake of the renewed vigour in South Africa’s perennial debate…

Decentralisation in Uganda: Trends, Achievements, Challenges and Proposals for Consolidation

This report examines the inception and implementation of the decentralisation policy in Uganda and proposes somes reforms. It is an outcome of a comprehensive study of how the decentralisation policy was implemented. It seeks to appraise the practic…

Financing Local Governments in Uganda: An analysis of the Proposed National Budget FY 2019/20 and Proposals for Re-allocation

The study relied mainly on an extensive document review of all relevant budget documents focusing mainly on the Draft Estimates of Expenditure (Recurrent and Development) FY 2019/20. Identifying budget lines meant for LGs, was done through three sta…

The Next Big Steps: Consolidating Gains of Decentralisation and Repositioning the Local Government Sector in Uganda

This eighth national Local Government Councils Scorecard report presents findings and results of the performance of elected political leaders at the district levels during the Financial Year 2018/2019. The assessment was conducted in 35 Local Govern…

Providing Basic Public Services remains a Challenge for Namibia's Government

In its Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Namibian government echoes concerns about its ability to deliver high-quality services as “a prerequisite for rapid growth, job creation and poverty eradication”. The plan calls for stronger performance managemen…

Urban Areas Performance Index 2017: Nakuru

This brief shows performance of Nakuru town based on three areas, namely: service delivery, conditions for investment and governance. This town's performance was assessed using the Urban Areas Performance Index, a composite Index comprising 67 indic…

Social Inclusion and Service Delivery in A Fragile and Post-Conflict Environment in Africa

The post-colonial state in Africa has attracted great interest from scholars and development partners because of the recognition that no development can take place without a proper functioning state. The state is expected to provide and deliver go…

Inducing Development Results in Sierra Leone's Public Sector: A Look at the Performance Tracking Table as a Results Tool

Sierra Leone has witnessed massive public sector reforms to maximize development results since the end of its civil war in 2002. The reforms included the introduction of results-based management (RBM). Since 2006, the country has experimented with a…

With Elections a Year Away, Mauritians are Increasingly Critical of Government Performance

With just a year to go until presidential and parliamentary elections in December 2019, electoral campaigning will soon get underway in Mauritius. Incumbents can tout a number of strengths. Mauritius ranks highly on many indicators of good governa…

Citizen Governance, the Informal Economy and Enterprise Development: Southern (Johannesburg, South Africa) West Africa (Accra, Ghana)

The informal economy accounts for 35.2% of total non-agricultural employment in South Africa, according to the World Bank Development Indicators (2018); and in Ghana, about 88 % of the workforce is employed in the informal sector. Economic and socia…

Government Performance Index 2019

The performance of local municipalities in South Africa is the indicator of the country’s heartbeat. Local municipalities are the closest institution to citizens; they reflect in great measure levels of citizen engagement - as recipients but also as…

A Study towards Deepening Fiscal Decentralization for Effective Local Service delivery in Ghana: Final Report

Evidence suggests that local governments are unable to provide high levels of public goods such as roads, electricity, sanitation, education, schools, health, and recreational facilities mainly due to their inability to mobilize adequate resources.…

The Quest for the Decentralization of Revenue Mobilization to Local Governments in Uganda

A sound revenue system for local governments (LG) is an essential pre-condition for the success of proper service delivery among local governments. Local revenue mobilization has the potential to foster socio-economic and administrative accountabili…

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