2021 Course Description

Decentralisation and Development in Africa

In 2021 the course focuses on the interrelationship between decentralisation and development. The following themes will be addressed:

  • An analysis of the different forms of decentralisation, including federal arrangements and local government. This will situate the discussion in the context of global trends on development from a global South perspective. Of importance are the objects of decentralisation, including:
    • Democracy
    • Peace-making
    • Human rights
    • Development
  • What is the theory and practice of development? How should development be understood? What are the global trends, such as the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs) and is there a different perspective from the global South.
  • How are the objectives of decentralisation and development brought together in Africa? The African Union Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development (African Charter on Decentralisation), adopted in 2014 and yet to come into operation, will be a key instrument to be examined.
  • Are there particular pre-conditions that  would favour development in Africa, and what is the role of  subnational governments (states, provinces, local authorities) in this respect:
    • Peace and security
    • Democracy
    • Rule of law
  • What is the role of subnational governments in Africa in advancing development? What is the concept of local economic development (LED) and how has it been given effect to in practice?  How is such development related to social and cultural development?
  • The practice of decentralisation and development will be examined in a number of case studies:
    • South Africa
    • Ethiopia
    • Ghana
    • Kenya
    • Zimbabwe
  • What are the common trends, challenges, good practices and successes that we can learn from the case studies?

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