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|Title:||ENHANCING DECENTRALIZATION THROUGH FUNCTIONAL SUB-DISTRICT STRUCTURES: THE CASE OF JIRAPA/LAMBUSSIE DISTRICT|
Nelson, J. K. B.
|Publisher:||University for Development Studies|
|Series/Report no.:||Vol. 5;Issue 2|
|Abstract:||This study seeks to explore how functional sub-district structures can strengthen the decentralization process in Ghana. Specifically, this paper entails examination of the Jirapa/Lambussie sub-district structures (such as town councils, area councils and unit committees), the level of participation of these structures and how they contribute towards deepening decentralization of local government. The performance of the constitutional duties of the sub-district structures are being marred by the conflict between the Jirapa/Lambussie District Assembly and its sub-structures over roles, functions, motivation resource constraints (such as cede funds, human resources and logistics). Simple random and purposive sampling techniques were used for the investigation of the above problems. The findings revealed that sub-district structures are relevant for the enhancement of decentralization but, there was public apathy towards the operations of the sub-district structures, poor motivation, inadequate coordination between the District Assembly and its sub-structures and the challenges of political interference. The study concludes that the consolidation of decentralization will depend on the institutionalization and proper integration of the sub-district structures into the operations of the District Assemblies. The paper therefore recommends capacity training programmes for the staff of the sub-district structures, provision of material, financial and psychological incentives for the Councilors and Unit Committee members and redefinition of roles and functions of the District Assembly and the sub-district structures to enhance cooperation and participation.|
|Appears in Collections:||Ghana Journal of Development Studies (GJDS)|
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