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Title: Desiring Change but Refusing to Change: Reflections on the Approach to Fiscal Decentralization in Ghana
Authors: Kokor, J.Y.
Keywords: Fiscal Decentralization
District Assemblies
Equitable Development
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology Vol. 23, No. 2 pp 63-70
Abstract: Since 1988 the Government of Ghana (GOG) has been implementing a policy of decentralization to localize and democratize the processes of development. One of the five components and a key instrument to be used to implement the decentralization policy is fiscal decentralization.Fiscal decentralization is about the division of financial responsibilities between central and local governments and the transfer of resources from the former to the latter for their own-management.In practice, however, evolving and executing fiscal decentralization approach that is both consistent with and supportive of local self¬management has become problematical. In this paper, the contextual framework for fiscal decentralization is analyzed bringing out some of the key issues and challenges faced. The analysis highlights, among others, steps that should have been taken. The need to clarify the divisions of financial responsibility between levels of government and to ensure that the allocation of resources corresponds with the devolution of tasks is stressed. These concerns are used as building blocks for valuing the principles and suggesting procedures that support fiscal decentralization in the context of Ghana.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology Vol. 23, No. 2 pp 63-70
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5103
ISSN: 08550395
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