ISBN 9789966846983
Pages 384
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2008
Publisher University of Nairobi Press, Kenya
Format Paperback

Decentralization and Devolution in Kenya

New Approaches

edited by Thomas N. Kibua, Germano Mwabu

“Efficient delivery of public services in Africa and other developing regions has for a long time been hindered by highly centralized government bureaucracies.” (Mwabu et al., 2001)

In Kenya, several efforts have been made to reduce unnecessary layers of government to make service provision to the populace more effective. This book reports on recent decentralization and devolution innovations in Kenya. The volume is organized into three parts and contains a total of 12 chapters including the introduction. The chapters in Part 1 (Structures and Institutions) provide a comprehensive analysis of institutional and organizational environment in which decentralization and devolution reforms have been taking place over the last three decades. Part 2 (Principles and Processes) contains chapters that clarify decentralization and devolution concepts, with applications to selected local authorities. The chapters in Part 3 (Service Delivery and Financing) illustrate advantages of provision and financing of services at the local level, with a focus on the role of community participation in improving accountability and efficiency in resource use.

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About the Editor

Germano Mwabu

Germano Mwabu is Professor of Economics at the University of Nairobi. He was co-director of the AERC project on Poverty Income Distribution and Labour Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.