Decentralisation in Africa: A Pathway Out of Poverty and Conflict?

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Februar 2009



The current momentum for decentralization of government in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world is driven in many instances by the needs and desires of donor organizations. This volume questions whether this sort of decentralization offers a significant pathway out of poverty and conflict in Africa--addressing issues of poverty reduction in Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, and Tanzania and issues of conflict management in Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, and Rwanda. Conceptual weaknesses and problems of implementation are addressed, especially the limitations of donor-driven decentralization, in order to illustrate that decentralization is neither the ultimate answer nor a shortcut to the achievement of peace and development in Africa.




|Christof Hartmann is professor of international politics and development policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.|Gordon Crawford is reader in development studies at the University of Leeds.


This volume tackles head-on two crucial issues concerning the relationship between decentralisation and development. In an uncompromising assessment of controversial claims, it provides comprehensive evidence-based analysis and critique of this key policy prescription for Africa. -- Professor Nancy Thede, Department of Political Science, Quebec University, Montreal - "This is a major contribution to the study of decentralisation in Africa as it does not stop at describing intentions, but deals with implementation successes and shortcomings. The balance sheet of intended and unintended effects of a major reform on both poverty and conflict is convincingly established on the basis of a limited number of case studies, comparative analysis and theoretical considerations. Essential reading for both academics and decision-makers in this field. " -- Andreas Mehler, Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg
EAN: 9789053569344
ISBN: 9053569340
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2009
Seitenanzahl: 260 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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