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Local government reform in Tanzania (Phase 1)

Geographic keywords: Africa: Tanzania.

Client/funder: NORAD

Start date: Jan 2002 (Completed)

Project staff: Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (project leader), Siri Lange, Alf Morten Jerve, Knut Nygaard

The overall aim of this four year research programme was to document processes of change and impacts of the Local Government Reform Programme (LGRP), and to provide key stakeholders with operationally relevant data and analyses of lessons learned during implementation. The essence of the LGRP is to transfer duties and financial resources from the central to the local government levels. The extent to which this results in improved services, such as in health, education, water supply, transport infrastructure etc., depends on the quality of local governance as well as financial management. Hence, the research programme concentrated on the following three broad dimensions of the local government reform: (1) Governance: local autonomy and citizen participation. (2) Finances and financial management: accountability, efficiency and local resource mobilisation. (3) Service delivery and poverty alleviation: criteria of success and operational constraints. The research programme was designed in close consultation with the Local Government Reform Team, main donors, and other key stakeholders. Although the researchers have collaborated with the established monitoring and evaluation set-up of LGRP, this programme was organised independently. It was also intended that the programme should contribute to building institutional capacity for local government related research in Tanzania, and ensure that there is adequate professional competence in Norway on local governance in Tanzania. The programme was managed by the Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), and involved researchers from Tanzania (REPOA and UDSM) and Norway (CMI and the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research). A second phase of this project commenced in 2006.

Link: Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA)

Last update: May 2007

New Challenges Face Local Government Revenue
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2005)
Daily Times (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) August 23

Citizens Negative on Tanzania's Local Government Taxation Practice
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2005)
Daily Times (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) August 16

Local Governance, Finances and Service Delivery in Tanzania. A Summary of Findings from Six Councils
Einar Braathen, Amon Chaligha and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2005)
Oslo: Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR Working Paper) 39 p.

Trust in public finance: Citizens' view on taxation by local authorities in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2004)
Dar es Salaam: REPOA (Formative process research on the local government reform in Tanzania. Project Brief no. 12) 4 p.

To pay or not to pay? Citizens' views on taxation in local authorities in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2004)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2004: 8) 25 p.

Local government finances and financial management in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad with Florida Henjewele, Geoffrey Mwambe, Erasto Ngalewa and Knut Nygaard (2004)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2004: 7) 31 p.

Primary education since the introduction of the primary education development plan
Siri Lange (2004)
Dar es Salaam: REPOA/NIBR/Chr.Michelsen Institute (Formative process research on the local government reform in Tanzania. Project Brief no. 8) 3 p.

Citizens' access to information on local government finances.
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2004)
Dar es Salaam: REPOA (Formative process research on the local government reform in Tanzania.. Project Brief no. 7) 3 p.

Local government finances and financial management in Tanzania. Observations from six councils, 2000-2003
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, with Florida Henjewele, Geoffrey Mwambe, Erasto Ngalewa and Knut Nygaard (2004)
Dar es Salaam: Mkuni Na Nyota Publishers: (REPOA Special Paper no. 16) 40 p.

Low awareness amongst citizens of local government reforms
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Knut Nygaard (2004)
Dar es Salaam: REPOA (Project Brief no. 6) 4 p.

Councillors and community leaders - partnership or conflict of interest? Lessons from the Sustainable Mwanza Project
Siri Lange (2003)
Dar es Salaam: Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) (Project Brief no. 3) 2 p.

Formative process research on the local government reform programme in Tanzania. Summary of findings
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Einar Braathen, Amon Chaligha, Siri Lange, Deo Mushi and Erasto Ngalewa (2003)
Bergen: Tanzania. Presidents Office. Regional Administration and Local Government (Fieldreport no. 2) 11 p.

Councillors and community leaders - partnership or conflict of interest? Lessons from the sustainable Mwanza project
Siri Lange (2003)
Dar es Salaam/ Oslo/ Bergen: REPOA/NIBR/CMI (Formative progress research on the local government reform in Tanzania Project brief no. 3) 2 p.

Formative process research on the local government reform programme in Tanzania. Summary of findings
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Einar Braathen, Amon Chaliga, Siri Lange, Deo Mushi and Erasto Ngalewa (2003)
Dar es Salaam: Tanzania. Presidents Office. Regional Administration and Local Government (Fieldreport no. 1) 15 p.

New challenges for local government revenue enhancement. Formative process research on the local government reform in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2003)
Dar es Salaam: Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) (Project Brief no. 2)

Formative process research on the local government reform in Tanzania. About the project
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Amon Chaligha and Einar Braathen (2003)
Dar es Salaam: Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) (Project brief no. 1)

Privatised tax collection: Experiences from local authorities in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2004)
Presented at: workshop on the Formative Process Research on the Local government Reform in Tanzania, REPOA, Dar es Salaam, 30-31 August 2004

Selected publications

Local government finances and financial management in Tanzania. Observations from six councils, 2000-2003
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, with Florida Henjewele, Geoffrey Mwambe, Erasto Ngalewa and Knut Nygaard (2004)

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