Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance

Fiscal Decentralisation

When: 12 -23 February 2018
Where: The Hague Academy, The Netherlands

How a country organises its public finances forms the basis for how local authorities govern priorities in cities, towns and villages. While national governments have the responsibility to design and supervise a system that works, local authorities are challenged to use their often limited resources for delivering better local services. You will discuss the assignment of expenditure responsibilities and revenue sources, the design and implementation of intergovernmental transfers, financial accountability, gender budgeting and local government spending and monitoring. Country cases from a.o. Bangladesh, Kenya and Tanzania on intergovernmental transfer will be analysed. You will visit Dutch institutions including the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and the Court of Audit of the Municipality of Rotterdam.

This course helps you in answering questions such as:

  • How can spending responsibilities and revenue resources be best assigned to the different government layers, taking into account the country context?
  • What are the responsibilities of national government in designing and supervising a system that works?
  • How can sub-national governments be supported to increase local revenues and strengthen financial management?
  • How can local authorities be held accountable by their citizens?

Deadline of application is 1 January 2018.

For more information and to register, please click here.