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Resource Guide on Decentralisation and Local Government

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Estimates suggest that decentralisation is currently being pursued in over 80 per cent of developing countries worldwide. For many people, local government is the part of government that most directly impacts on their lives, particularly via the provision of local services like water, sanitation, primary education and primary healthcare.



This resource guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing and evaluating decentralisation reforms and local government practices to ensure they are as effective as possible. It also synthesises and presents current debates on the impact of decentralisation and local government on poverty reduction, service delivery and conflict as well as providing links to cuttingedge research and recent case studies.



The guide includes summaries of key texts. Each short summary provides a link to an extended summary which can be found in the alphabetised appendix.

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Foreword

Resource Guide on Decentralisation and Local Government is the third title in the Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series. Books in the series offer guidance on various aspects of local government reform to public sector policymakers, senior managers at central and sub-national levels, as well as students and researchers in public administration with an interest in local government issues. Each volume distils contemporary thinking and international good practices from around the Commonwealth.

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