Over the past three decades the developing world has seen increasing devolution of political and economic power to local governments. Decentralization is considered an important element of participatory democracy and, along with other socio-economic reforms, represents a substantial reduction in the authority of national governments over numerous local governance issues.


 The course on decentralization and local governance will focus on the interwoven analyses and processes covering political, economic, social, legal and philosophical dimensions of Ugandan society and other selected developing countries with the ultimate spotlight being put on the consequences of these on local governance. The course will further examine the interface amongst the different dimensions of decentralization and their implications to local governance. The general objective of the course is to provide concepts, principles and policy framework on decentralization and local governance to enable students to apply and analyze them through policy implementation and practices in public reform and various regional as well as rural and urban development programs adopted by their countries and other development organizations.