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Dangerous Elites: Protest, Conflict and the Future of South Africa

The African National Congress’ failure to manage elite contestation within its ranks since 2007 has seen tensions spilling out, often as ‘service delivery’ protests. Former president Jacob Zuma tried to bring this under control, largely through patr…

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…

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…

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…

Monitoring of Local Government Budgets and Road Transport Services in Quarter II FY 2019/20

This report presents findings of the Budget and Service Delivery Monitoring Exercise (BSDME) carried out in 26 districts where the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) operates . The exercise was undertaken by ACODE and its …

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…

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