Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
An Abt Associates-led project in Tanzania helped expand the ability of local government to budget, plan, and manage health care and other government programs.
Tanzania, among other African nations, adopted policies years ago to give local councils more authority to manage their resources. The thinking behind Tanzania’s Decentralization by Devolution program is that local councils – some of which serve hundreds of thousands of people – know their constituencies better than does the national government and can meet their needs appropriately.
But these decentralization policies were not being effectively implemented in Tanzania because many council officials lacked the necessary skills and tools to do so. The call for greater accountability was championed by many, but in some cases, distrust and misunderstandings hampered progress at the council level.
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