The Role of Decentralization in Developing Countries

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The Role of Decentralization in Developing Countries
ernest agbenohevi, Member
Improving the communication in development projects in developing countries is very important. Because one major reason for the slow pace of progress in the developing countries has to with the limited participation by the very communities that are to be beneficiaries. Local community members tend to be the most impoverished because they don't have access to resources that would change their lives. The challenge is increased by the relatively centralized nature of our development paradigms.
Therefore if we want to increase the pace of development in developing countries and achieve a transformation in the lives of local community members we need to decentralize these resources and make them available at a local level.
In spite of the cost of decentralizing, if we engage directly with the people at the local communities that presents a large opportunity for faster pace of spreading development.

Decentralization of Information in Developing Countries
Jaap de Jonge, Editor
Thanks for starting this topic. Making information about managing organizations available globally (outside the world of business schools) was the vision behind founding 12manage, did you know that?
The thinking in 2006 was that grouping this information and making it available on the internet (and smart phones) might help disadvantaged people to advance, although an issue remains that the really poor don't have access to these resources.
What exactly do you mean with the phrase: "The challenge is increased by the relatively centralized nature of our development paradigms"?

Challenges of Centralized Governence
ernest agbenohevi, Member
@Jaap de Jonge: The phrase "the challenge is increased… By the nature of the development paradigms", means that:
  1. Largely, governments of developing countries make decisions at the top, in the centre of government. This leaves local community members out of the process. The effect is poor ownership and hence poor commitment to the development process.
  2. Decisions made from the centre typically lack proper diagnosis of the community challenges hence prescribed solutions tend not to be effective.
  3. Making decisions for the people and also not getting the people to make commitments to the development process leads to slow pace of development as well as improper utilization of funds for development...
For a higher pace of development we should increase the opportunities for local community members to participate. This is expected to lead to increased incomes, the resources for this should be available to them hence there is a need to engage in grassroots communities.



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