Uganda: Managing more effective decentralization

Type Working Paper - Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction?
Title Uganda: Managing more effective decentralization
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 192-0
A politically driven and ambitious decentralization program implemented by the authorities since the late 1990s has had mixed results in terms of enhancing service delivery. Paradoxically, concerns with the results of service delivery, partially driven by donors’ requirements, have resulted in a deconcentrated system relying on conditional grants and unfunded mandates. This has reduced the incentives, responsibility, and ownership for local authorities to improve service delivery. Crucially, for functions where the local authorities have had full responsibility, better service quality has resulted than in those areas in which there are overlapping responsibilities between the center and the local authorities

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