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Tanzania Institutional Diagnostic – Chapter 5

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Tanzania Institutional Diagnostic

Chapter 5: Decentralization and development

Chapter outline

  1. Introduction
  2. The theory of central–local government relationships
  3. The evolution of local government in Tanzania
  4. Local and central governance in Tanzania today: a complex and confusing legal framework
  5. Fiscal decentralisation: the challenges of revenue collection
    • Property tax: a case study
    • Lack of local capacity for revenue collection
    • Can central transfers be used to build fiscal capacity?
  6. Conclusion: directions for reform
    • Revisit the fiscal decentralisation agenda
    • Address institutional set-up to create efficiency
    • Address unpredictability of government decisions
  7. Bibliography
  8. Discussion of ‘Decentralisation and Development in Tanzania’

Authors: Servacius Likwelile, University of Dar es Salaam, and Pascal Assey, Victoria Foundation
With discussion by: Jan Willem Gunning, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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