Decentralisation, administrative reform and local development

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Background: Increasing transparency and responsiveness to citizens’ concerns through local governance

From water supply, waste collection, schools and hospitals to protecting borders – an effective administration ensures all citizens have access to central services and is therefore crucial for a functioning state. Yet, many of the partner countries in Germany’s development cooperation activities have politicised, centralist and low-performing administrations, which makes it difficult to implement pro-poor projects. Germany therefore supports its partner countries’ efforts to establish efficient, transparent and accountable public administrations. more

Germany's contribution: Tailored advice for decentralisation processes

Decentralisation processes result in a redistribution of roles and tasks between the various levels of government and administration. This in turn results in new relationships between the different levels and an altered relationship between the public and the government.  The decentralisation advice given through German development cooperation activities is always provided at all levels involved. Existing and new administrative units and national, regional and local parliaments are given assistance to enable them to perform their duties and make an active contribution to local development. more

Further information

A selection of links to documents and websites that provide further information on decentralisation, administrative reform and local development can be found here. more

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