Decentralization Requires Involvement and Empowerment

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Decentralization Requires Involvement and Empowerment
ernest agbenohevi, Member
Decentralization is preferred to centralization in many cases. But decentralized systems need to look at involving each individual at the decentralized unit.
To involve each individual means empowering the marginalized members of the community, so that decisions agreed upon would actually reflect the collective decision of the members of the community. Making such provision for each of the representations at the local level makes decentralization somewhat costly.
But there is the greater advantage of every individual being involved.

Decentralization is Good Because it Involves People
V E Ravichandran
I strongly advocate devolution of decision making (decentralization). This is advantage to the organization. This will involve individuals; be accountable; work will be faster. The decision reflects on the capacity of the individual.

Decentralization and Centralization Both are Good and Bad
connie pierson, Member
I believe that both decentralization and centralization should be used. They both have good and bad characterizations, the organization would have to choose which ones to use from both.

Decentralization Enhances Ownership and Involvement
Judith M T Melsul, Member
Decentralization in a small archipelago country like Vanuatu, would be good for service delivery to the local community.
It will enhance ownership of community projects by the community being responsible for the development & sustainability of the projects.
It also allows the community to be involved in the planning process, and the control and management of the funds at the provincial level.
This method of decentralized funds allows provinces to prioritize projects and development of the provinces in accordance with the needs of the communities.
It also allows better and fair distribution of available resources.

Decentralization is Only Effective if the Targets are Capable to Receive it
Hasubi D Njoki, 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?


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