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Title:Urban Local Government Finance in Zimbabwe: The Case of Harare City Council
Author:Wekwete, Kadmiel
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:local government reform
municipal government
local finance
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.4230120108
Abstract:Since Zimbabwe won its independence in 1980, the country's leaders have embarked on an ambitious programme of decentralization and local government reform. At the same time, urban conditions in the country have become increasingly difficult. This paper examines major aspects of urban local government finances in this environment of reform and growing fiscal pressures, with special reference to the experience of Harare City Council. It pays attention to the structure of the revenue system, the council's service provision and the financial performance of specific service accounts and the council's financial staff and management. It is argued that some relative successes have been recorded, although a number of undesirable elements left over from colonial practices and various fiscal problems persist. Bibliogr., notes, sum.