Decentralization is Only Effective if the Targets are Capable to Receive it
Hasubi D Njoki, Management Consultant, Uganda, Member
Decentralization or devolution means little to targets that don't have the capacity to appreciate the technicalities of transfer of power between the technical and political forces. How does a member of a Village Health Committee (VHC) influence the decisions of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the District Local Government, when the CAO is appointed, promoted and transferred, NOT by the Local Government, where the VHC member has elected representatives but rather by the Central Government?
In a situation where the majority of the intended beneficiaries of Decentralization can not read or write and where there is deliberate NO civic awareness program, can there be effective participation?
In my community stories are awash, of elected officials in local governments who have been made to sign for what they did not understand. Does Decentralization really work or it escalates corruption and poor service delivery?