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Title:District assemblies in a fix: the perils of self-seeking tendencies in decentralisation policy reforms in Malawi
Author:Chinsinga, BlessingsISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:32
Issue:1
Pages:89-111
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:decentralization
local councils
Management, Public Administration
Decentralization in government
local government
rural development
Abstract:This article appraises the prospects of the District Assembly system inaugurated in Malawi under the auspices of decentralization policy reforms introduced to institutionalize local governance structures and processes that are responsive, democratic, and capable of improving the livelihoods of the poor. While there seems to be reasonable consensus about the desirability of a decentralized planning framework as a vehicle for sustainable governance, development and poverty reduction, most stakeholders are nevertheless primarily motivated by the desire to advance, safeguard and gratify self-interests. Therefore, the major thrust of the argument of the paper is that unless these self-seeking tendencies are effectively tamed, the trinity of good governance, development and poverty reduction in the evolving structures and processes of local government will remain an unattainable ideal. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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