Local Government Initiative: Pro-poor Infrastructure and Service Delivery in Rural sub-Saharan Africa

  • March 02, 2018

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This report - like the case studies it synthesizes - is founded on three assumptions:

  • firstly, that poverty in Asia is still – and despite rapid urbanization - primarily rural (in numbers and in incidence);
  • secondly, that rural local governments (LGs), despite their many weaknesses, have a potentially key role to play in the basic infrastructure and service delivery (ISD) which effective poverty reduction requires;
  • but, thirdly, that the challenges for improving ISD through rural LGs are qualitatively much greater than through urban LGs, and that both these challenges - and also the opportunities – for making rural LGs more effective are poorly understood and documented.

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