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Title:The Influence of Decentralization on Some Aspects of Local and Regional Development Planning in Ethiopia
Author:Egziabher, Tegegne GebreISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:regional planning
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Economics, Commerce
development planning
Resource allocation
regional development
Abstract:Two critical planning issues that have been influenced by the decentralization policy initiated in Ethiopia in 1992 are the regional planning process, and resource mobilization and utilization. However, contrary to theoretical expectations, the existing planning process is not capable of creating multisectoral plans and enhancing popular participation. Though decentralization has enabled regional governments to collect and use revenues from their regions, regional financial capacities are limited. In order to compensate for the deficits, central government allocates grant money on the basis of equity-biased criteria. Grant allocations, however, need to consider the trade-off between equity and efficiency. Examination of resource allocations by region revealed that backward regions devoted most of their resources to social development though they could not yet attract private investment. The future of local and regional planning in Ethiopia requires strong and coherent local and regional policies that identify the nature of popular participation, the means to enhance resource mobilization and the planning methodology to be followed. App., bibliogr., notes, sum.