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Type Journal Article - Africa Development
Title Pitfalls of Decentralization Reforms in Transitional Societies: The Case of Uganda
Volume 33
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 59-81
URL http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ad/article/viewFile/57343/45723..
Decentralization reforms are in essence necessary if they have genuine democratic objectives of empowering the people to make local-level governance efficient and effective. As the experience of Uganda reveals, donor-driven decentralization reforms have not performed according to expectations because of the converging external and domestic interests. This paper argues that for these reforms to succeed, the specific conditions pertaining to each country must be considered hand in hand with the honesty and political will of national leaders to genuinely transform power relations.

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