Working Paper

Decentralisations in Practice in Southern Africa

Published on 1 January 2003

Decentralisation, like good governance or sustainable development, is one of those concepts everyone from the World Bank to top officials in national governments seem to think is a “good thing.” But the meaning attached vary widely. And while donors and governments all want to support it – it is now part of the well – worn lexicon of development cliches – it has palpably failed in many instances to deliver the results claimed of it. Why then is it so popular and what does it entail in practise?


Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

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Mehta, L., Scoones, I. and Ashley, C.
SLSA Overview Paper, volume 34, issue 3


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