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Title:Kenya: Two Decades of Decentralization Effort
Author:Oyugi, Walter O.ISNI
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:rural development
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:The forms which administrative decentralization efforts have taken in Africa are many and varied: decentralization by establishing local development committees, establishment of area-based programmes around which 'autonomous' organizations have been built, the administrative region as the focus of planning. The promises and limitations of these forms of decentralization are discussed with reference to the experience of Kenya with Development Committees (1965-70), Special Rural Development Programmes (1970-76). District Planning (c. 1974-83), and the 'new' strategy of District Focus in Rural Development. Kenya's experience with the committee system, which remained the basic framework, indicates that the local committees behave as more appendages of the central decision-making system. Notes, sum. in French (p. 133) and Arabic (p. 135).