The Impact of Decentralization of Central Government Functions to the Local Authorities in Tanzania, A Case Study of Kilosa District Council

Kiwale, Erasto Nehemiah (2013) The Impact of Decentralization of Central Government Functions to the Local Authorities in Tanzania, A Case Study of Kilosa District Council. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to explore the impact of decentralization of central government functions to local authorities in Tanzania. The study involved a sample population of 50 people and data were collected from primary and secondary source of data. The objective of this research was to explore the impact of decentralization of Central Government functions to Local authorities in Tanzania. There are four Specific Objectives to this study. This study used the descriptive type of research and the findings addressed the research questions. The study came with the following findings; the decentralized functions have good impact on decision-making through structured meetings, people are involved in planning and budgeting process by 75%. Resources such as finance and manpower are managed by people at grass root and revenue collection is done by the local authorities. The study concludes that the decentralized functions have impacts on autonomy of local authorities, increased control of financial and human capital by local authorities hence increase of performance, transparency and good governance in local authorities. The study came with recommendations for improvements as follows; the capacity building should be strengthened to extension officers and local leaders. Local leaders should identify their roles and obligations. Also they should provide full autonomy and authority without interference to local authorities in areas of plans and budgets. The central government should leave some revenue sources to local authorities which are collected by central government. There should be non-interference of central government in decision-making to local authorities by District Commissioners’ office and Regional Secretariat. There should be harmony between councillors and management to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Leadership and Governance
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 15:06
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2016 15:06
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/860

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