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Democratic Decentralization of Natural Resources: Institutional Choice and Discretionary Power Transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ribot, Jesse C.

Democratic Decentralization of Natural Resources: Institutional Choice and Discretionary Power Transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa

This article argues that while democratic decentralization of natural resource management is theoretically useful it has rarely been attempted by central governments. It lays out areas of concern and 5 measures that might be useful: 1) focus on democratic local government first, 2) apply multiple accountability measures, 3) transfer powers before burdens, 4) transfer power before capacity building, and 5) adhere to a minimum standards model.

Jon Anderson
IRG/Engility
Feb 17, 2013 12:00 AM
Public Administration and Development
John Wiley & Sons
Journal article, Meta-analysis of literature
 
Africa
Forest
Promoted local land use planning and appropriate resource tenure systems - [Relevant]
Promoted local land use planning and appropriate resource tenure systems - [Critical]
Built capacity and invested in human resources - [Relevant]
Built capacity and invested in human resources - [Critical]
Created a framework for better NRM choices - [Relevant]
Created a framework for better NRM choices - [Critical]
Assured that resource managers have access to NRM means and benefits - [Relevant]
Assured that resource managers have access to NRM means and benefits - [Critical]
Procedural rights for all people, especially vulnerable or marginalized groups - [Relevant]
Procedural rights for all people, especially vulnerable or marginalized groups - [Critical]
Local stakeholder input into public decisions and policy - [Relevant]
Local stakeholder input into public decisions and policy - [Critical]
Natural resource authority and functions distribution - [Relevant]
Natural resource authority and functions distribution - [Critical]
Continuous and inclusive consultations - [Relevant]n
Continuous and inclusive consultations - [Critical]
Devolution to local governments
Devolution to communities
Governance/empowerment - [Yes]
Governance/empowerment - [Yes]
Governance/empowerment - [Yes]
Governance - [External or structural policies that influenced success or failure]
Lessons learned (Cautionary Tale)
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