The logic of decentralisation: Mobilising cash, commitment and communities

The logic of decentralisation: Mobilising cash, commitment and communities

The logic of decentralisation: Mobilising cash, commitment and communities

Renewed emphasis on good governance and transparency has once again put the issue of decentralisation on the agenda. In theory, a decentralised government – whose representatives are in closer contact with their electorate – will be more transparent and responsive to the needs of the poor and this will naturally promote pro-poor development. But what does reality tell us? Are decentralised governments really more responsive? Does decentralisation actually lead to greater transparency and better provision of basic services? This week’s Guest Editor Lara Yocarini considers the evidence and answers offered by research along side her own experience working in Benin.

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