Decentralisation and Regional Development: Experiences and by Eva Dick, Karin Gaesing, Daniel Inkoom, Teodoro Kausel

By Eva Dick, Karin Gaesing, Daniel Inkoom, Teodoro Kausel

This ebook analyzes decentralisation, neighborhood improvement paths and good fortune components in numerous governance sectors in Ghana, the Philippines, Tanzania and Chile, and speak about overarching points of relevance. Decentralisation, which refers back to the delegation of administrative tasks, political decision-making and monetary powers to reduce degrees of presidency, is now one among the most productive engines of improvement. In Sub-Saharan Africa decentralised states have made extra development in lowering poverty than these states with reduce decentralisation ratings. yet in lots of nations, decentralisation remains to be thought of a ‘work in growth’ with unsatisfactory effects. From a spatial viewpoint, the hyperlink among decentralisation and nearby and district improvement is very attention-grabbing. either within the North and within the South, local or district improvement is obvious as conserving the potential of advancing social and fiscal improvement, or even extra so in decentralised political settings. Space-based networks on the neighborhood or district point are thought of instrumental for responding to in the community particular demanding situations, e.g. in components lagging in the back of economically.

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There is general concern among development practitioners that this can deepen the culture of dependence on external partners to continue to fund Ghana’s development. In the long term, this does not appear to be a viable option. As the effects of the recent credit crunch that led to a reduction in overall inflows to developing countries show, it may not be a long-term, sustainable way of financing decentralisation in Ghana. Experience from the districts indicate that some District Assemblies have internalised the lessons from FOAT and are using the lessons to improve efficiency in running the Assembly machinery, making development more participatory, and delivering services to the community.

Furthermore, the decongestion and distribution of workload between the centre and lower arms of government and other local entities enhance efficiency E. com © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016 E. Dick et al. 1007/978-3-319-29367-7_2 15 16 E. Oduro-Ofori (Edoun and Jahed 2009). It also enhances the application of local know-how and resources in the development process. Ghana as a country has had various experiences in decentralisation. These can be traced from the colonial period till now.

Source Author’s construct based on MLGRD (2009) Reflections on FOAT and DDF The introduction of the DDF as an additional funding mechanism to support development at the MMDAs, as part of the funding arrangements between Ghana and some of her key development partners, is a laudable one. There are indications that recipient District Assemblies have been able to put the funds into supporting key development projects. Moreover, linking access to the funds on performance leads to an element of competition among districts and spurs efforts on the part of the Assemblies in order to qualify for the funds.

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