Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa


In 2016, several instructors in the PASGR Advanced Research Design and Policy Oriented Research Professional Development and Training programme undertook a joint research project. The idea was to ground what they teach participants on the practical application of various methods in research.

The instructors identified a common problem in Africa and applied their expertise to investigate it in their own countries. The decentralisation of governance (devolution) project was executed in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Western Kenya and Uganda and was published in April 2017 as a special issue of the IDS Bulletin.

We are pleased to bring you the following selected articles:

  • Is Election a Disadvantage? Nigerian Local Councils and Security Provision by Ayobami Ojebode, Ike Ernest Onyishi and Fatai A Aremu (Download PDF)
  • Formal and Informal Actors in Addis Ababa’s Solid Waste Management System by Kassa Teshager Alemu (Download PDF)
  • Staff Quality and Service Delivery: Evaluating Two Ghanaian District Assemblies by Daniel Doh (Download PDF)
  • Improving Access to Maternal Health Care through Devolution in Western Kenya by Susan Kilonzo, Eunice Kamaara and Kitche Magak (Download PDF)
  • Local Governments and Primary Education in Uganda by Emilly Comfort Maractho (Download PDF)

The entire journal is available for free download here

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