Community participation in local development has been emphasized in Tanzanian decentralization policy since independence in 1961. However, up to the early 1990s, little had been achieved in this respect. The most recent effort to enhance participation is the Local Government Reform Programme (LGRP), which was established in 1996 and approved in 1998. The guiding principle of the programme is Decentralization by Devolution, and its main objective is to strengthen Local Government Authorities. This dissertation examines the extent to which the LGRP has supported local participation. It focuses on six cases in the area of health and educational services: the Kingorwila dispensary and Mlimani primary school in Morogoro district-urban, Tawa Health Centre and Ngerengere primary school in Morogoro district-rural, and Kidodi Health Centre and Malowelo primary school in Kilosa district. The findings indicate that local communities do not really use the mechanisms provided by the LGRP. Furthermore, decisions made by the district council are not based on the wishes expressed by the local communities. The study concludes with recommendations for improvement. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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Year of publication: 2010
Series: African Studies Centre
Volume: 29
Henry Abraham Mollel
African Studies Centre
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