Transnational Research on Decentralization in West and Central Africa

Although decentralization keeps coming up in the political discourse, it is fair to question its viability and effectiveness in the hands of local actors. Following on a pilot project in Ghana and Mali (102772), this research project proposes to analyze, evaluate and compare the process of decentralization underway in six members of the Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA), that is Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Sénégal. The transnational study will attempt to answer the following question: to what extent does the process of decentralization underway allow an integration of actors and actions favorable to the development of equitable and coherent provision of basic social services? The study will be carried out by multidisciplinary teams constituted at the national level under the administrative coordination of ROCARE and the technical supervision of two principal researchers.

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Start Date

Thursday, October 9, 2008

End Date

Thursday, September 20, 2012


30 months

IDRC Officer

Godt, Sue

Total funding

CA$ 599,400


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Ernest Ilboudou

Project Leader

Louali Malam Moussa


Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa

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