Interest in government decentralisation or federalism has grown worldwide. Many forms of decentralization have been developed around the world with varying results and success.
In some countries, decentralisation is considered to promote good governance and democratisation, while other countries want to defuse ethnic tensions or competition between regions through federal structures.
In Africa, a growing number of countries would like to adopt or are in the process of implementing reforms that involve some form of decentralisation. However, these concepts and related mechanisms are complex, multi-layered and often confusing.
Together with the DOI, we have therefore decided to use the first African School of Decentralisation as the ideal opportunity to develop 10 clear and easily accessible factsheets that allow policymakers, practitioners, students and the public to better understand the various concepts and mechanisms associated with decentralisation.
You can download all the Factsheets here:
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