Decentralisation in Africa

A Pathway out of Poverty and Conflict?

Edited by Gordon Crawford and Christof Hartmann

Decentralisation in Africa

Edited by Gordon Crawford and Christof Hartmann

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

260 pages | 6-3/10 x 9-1/2
Paper $54.95 ISBN: 9789053569344 Published December 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.

Introduction: Decentralisation as a Pathway out of Poverty and Conflict?

Gordon Crawford and Christof Hartmann

2. Constraints on the Implementation of Decentralisation and Implciations for Poverty Reducation—The Case of Uganda

Susan Steiner

3. Decentralisation and Poverty Reduction in Malawai—A Critical appraisal

Blessings Chinsinga

4. Poverty and the Politics of (De)Centralisation in Ghana

Gordon Crawford

5. The Impact of Decentralistation on Poverty in Tanzania

Meine Pieter van Dijk

6. Decentralisation and the Legacy of Protracted Conflict—Mauritius, Namibia and South Africa

Christof Hartmann

7. Decentralisation and Conflict in Kibaale, Uganda

Anna Katharina Schelnberger

8. Decentralisation as a Stabilising Factor in Rwanda

Peter van Tilburg

9. Conclusion: Decentralisation—No Shortcut to Development and Peace

Christof Hartmann and Gordon Crawford

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