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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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Monitoring and Evaluation

Building strong monitoring and evaluation (M and E) mechanisms within the context of decentralisation and local government is critical for ensuring accountability, efficiency and effectiveness. Donors, researchers and development practitioners are increasingly focusing on the development of tools that can be used at a local level to strengthen M and E capacity. The creation of participatory M and E tools is key to engage local citizens in M and E, thereby improving local accountability processes. The resources below include tools, operational guidance and case studies.

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