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Title:The New Federal System in the Sudan: Some Main Aspects and Implications for Planning
Author:Guimaraes, J.P. de Campos
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Sudan
Northeast Africa
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Federal government
Economic and social development
regional planning
Abstract:The most recent steps in the construction of the 'federal' system in Sudan followed from the adoption in 1995 of the Twelfth Constitutional Decree and the Local Government Act 1995. The Twelfth Constitutional Decree replaces the Fourth and Tenth Constitutional Decrees. It maintains the division of the country into 26 states, amends the distribution of powers between the federal and the state levels, and apportions sources of revenue among the three main levels of administration, namely federal, state and local. After a broad outline of the administrative structures that preceded, and formed the context for the recent federal reforms, the author describes the main aspects of the new federal system and discusses some of its implications, particularly for development planning at the subnational level. He concludes that the recent federal reforms have created a legal and financial framework for decentralized administration in the Sudan. However, whether these changes will be translated into greater effectiveness of the state administrations and greater participation will depend on how successful the country is in responding to the challenge posed by the increased need for human and material resources entailed by the new system. Ann., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.