Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Tax and Public Finance

The projects' contribution will be to generate knowledge of one of the most crucial issues in Angolan local government and decentralisation debate: Are the evolving institutions at the interface of state and citizenry conducive to pro-poor local governance? The knowledge and consequent debate is necessary for policy-makers, civil society critics and activists, as well as to international "players", like donors and academics. Specific objectives are:

  1. Contributing to public debate in Angola, by publicising research findings, as well as to suggest reform options.
  2. Build pressure on an overly centralised state structure to promote citizen participation and representation at local level.
  3. Highlight theoretical knowledge and cross-country comparisons, and make them available for an Angolan audience, so as to think radically new in the country's efforts in decentralisation and local state building.

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