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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Performance of the COVID-19 District Task Forces in Uganda: Understanding the Dynamics and Functionality

This policy brief is a product of the assessment of the performance of the COVID-19 District Task Forces (DTFs) in Uganda. This study on the performance of the COVID-19 District Task Forces was conducted under the Local Government Council’s Scorecar…

The Performance of the COVID-19 District Task Forces in Uganda: Understanding the Dynamics and Functionality - Report

As the world is faced with the unprecedented challenges from COVID-19, the strain on many governments is extreme, and the impact on people all over the world continues to grow. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the social and economic stru…

En Côte d’Ivoire, la Fourniture des Services D’eau et D’assainissement Demeure Insuffisante / In Côte d'Ivoire, the Provision of Water and Sanitation Services Remains Insufficient

The first half of 2018 in Côte d'Ivoire recorded cases of drinking water shortages in several localities including Bouaké, Niakaramandougou, Ferkessédougou, Doropo, Odienné, and Tiéningboué. To stem the tide of this problem, the World Bank provided …

Ghanaians Willing to Pay Taxes but Find if Difficult to Know How Tax Revenues are Used

Taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions to the state. Fines and penalties are designed to ensure compliance with tax laws. In spite of these enforcement mechanisms, the willingness of citizens to pay taxes plays an important role i…

Citizens' Engagement in Local Government Decision Making Processes: Towards Public Finance Accountability, Transparency, and Improved Service Delivery in Uganda

The decentralization system of government in Uganda offers local government the mandate to administratively extend social-economic services to the citizens. It also involves citizens in determining specific local public needs and channelling such ne…

Budget and Service Delivery Monitoring Exercises: A Synthesis Report

This Budget Champions Network (BCN) report is a synthesis of six Budget and Service Delivery Monitoring Exercises (BSDMEs) by the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and its partners between FY 2018/19 and FY 2020/21. The foc…

Impact of the Local Government Councils' Scorecard Initiative 2019-2021: Strengthening Demand for Effective Public Service Delivery and Accountability

Uganda’s decentralization journey has been a mixture of successes, challenges and reversals. Since 2009. ACODE with support from DGF and other partners has incrementally implemented (starting with 10 and later expanding to 20, 26 and 35 districts) t…

A Cost-benefit Analysis of Government Services to Support MSMEs in Malawi - Technical Report

The Malawi Vision 2063 aspires that Malawi will be a preferred destination for inward investment. Leveraging digital technologies to increase the private sector’s dynamism, broadening the tax base, and increasing investment in infrastructure, and li…

Privatisation of Health and Education Services in Malawi

The privatisation of education and health services in Southern Africa, Malawi included has been on a rising trend. Private actors have been assuming the role of governments in providing these two essential services. Non-state provision of education …

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