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Critical Perspectives No. 13 [ Towards Effective and Accountable Local Government in Ghana ]
Critical Perspectives No. 13 [ Towards Effective and Accountable Local Government in Ghana ]
01 March, 2003

Critical Perspectives No. 13 [ Towards Effective and Accountable Local Government in Ghana ]

Towards Effective and Accountable Local Government in Ghana

By Joseph R. A. Ayee

This paper critically examines Ghana's ambitious decentralization program began in 1988. The contention is that very little real decentralization has been achieved after nearly fifteen years of the implementation, and that expectations that decentralization would lead to effective, responsive and accountable District Assemblies (DAs), which in turn would foster poverty reduction and the empowerment of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in society have remained unfulfilled. The author identifies the following as the main factors responsible for the failure of decentralization in Ghana: weak ability of local authority to initiate and implement policies and programs, inadequacy of human and fiscal resources needed to sustain such policies and programs, and the absence of a political process that promotes accountability, responsiveness and representation at the local government level.

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