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Title:Decentralisation and livelihoods in Africa
Editors:Ribot, Jesse C.ISNI
Oyono, Phil RenéISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:31
Issue:2
Pages:260
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Cameroon
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Ethiopia
Mali
Uganda
Zimbabwe
Subjects:decentralization
natural resource management
forestry
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/i24480133
Abstract:In the current wave of decentralization reforms, governments across Africa have etched 'democracy' into their decentralization laws. These governments are still in the first stages of translating these laws into practice. The cases in this special issue highlight the frontiers of this Africa-wide reform movement as it is unfolding in its first decade of intensive experimentation. The articles interrogate the implementation of democratic decentralization writ large through the optic of the natural resource sector. They focus on the effects of institutional arrangements and power transfers on local democracy and natural resource management. The first three articles are on Uganda's decentralization (Nyangabyaki Bazaara on decentralization and decisionmaking powers over the environment, Agrippinah Namara on Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Frank Muhereza on the politics of institutional resource management in the forestry sector). Next are two articles on decentralization reforms in Zimbabwe (Alois Mandondo and Witness Kozanayi on Chiredzi District, Everisto Mapedza on decentralization of forestry resources). These are followed by articles on forest management decentralization in Cameroon (Phil René Oyono and Samuel Efoua), forest policy change in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Phil René Oyono and Francis Lelo Nzuzi), the case of the Samori Forest in Baye District of Mali (Bréhima Kassibo), and decentralization as ethnic closure in western Ethiopia (Dereje Feyissa). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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