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Title:Decentralization and primary education service delivery: an assessment of two woredas in the Oromo nationality zone, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia
Authors:Venkataraman, M.
Keno, Eyob
Periodical:African and Asian Studies (ISSN 1569-2094)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
social services
community participation
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15692108-12341339
Abstract:Ethiopia's post 1991 decentralization drive is a fairly recent phenomenon borne out of the realization that devolution of political powers to constituent units would be the best alternative in ensuring development. The move, which was also inevitable given the history of a little over two decades of authoritarian rule in the country, was deepened culminating in the launching of District Level Decentralization Programme (dldp) in 2001 in order to enhance the scope and quality of the delivery of social services to the grass root level communities. This article aims to assess the extent of service delivery with education sector as its focus taking the case of two selected Woredas from Oromo Nationality Zone of Amhara National Regional State and find out constraints if any on the provision of the same. Using primary data collected from sampled population of the two Woredas, the article analyzes how far Ethiopia's decentralization drive has produced the desired results in terms of performance of the woredas in service delivery and thereby benefiting the concerned community people at large. The findings of the study reveal that although there have been significant improvements made in extending educational service delivery in the two woredas, the quality of it is constrained in view of existing challenges such as lack of adequate financial support, trained manpower, increasing rate of teacher attrition, lack of adequate participation by the community and planning and these have to be tackled with in order that meaningful devolution of powers at the grass root level is assured. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]