CMI Working Paper | 2006
Local Revenue Mobilization in Urban Setttings in Africa
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2006: 15) 18 p.
The growth of Africa's towns and cities has outpaced local authority capacity in terms of management, infrastructure, and financing. Many African towns and cities are now facing a governance crisis. Accordingly, the capability and capacity of urban local government to provide basic services to a growing population have entered the core of the development debate. In particular, fiscal decentralization - the devolution of revenue mobilization and spending powers to lower levels of government - has become a main theme of urban governance in recent years. This paper explores the opportunities and constraints facing local revenue mobilization in urban settings in Africa. The study examines various revenue instruments available, including property taxes, business licences, and user fees, and their effect on economic efficiency and income distribution. Moreover, political and administrative constraints facing various revenue instruments and factors impacting on citizens' compliance behaviour are discussed. The analysis is exemplified by cases from across Africa and other regions. Local governments need to be given access to adequate resources to do the job with which they are entrusted. However, a general conclusion emerging from this study is that local revenues mobilized in most urban authorities in Africa are necessary but not sufficient to develop and supply adequate services for the fast-growing urban population.
CMI Working Paper | 2012
Local government revenue mobilisation in Anglophone Africa
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Kari Heggstad
Report in External Series | 2012
Local government revenue mobilization in Anglophone Africa
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Kari Heggstad
Book Chapter | 2006
Local Revenue Mobilization in Urban Settings in Africa
Local Governance and Poverty Reduction in Africa
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