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Title: Still on the road : decentralisation and women's citizenship in Kenya
Authors: Mitullah, Winnie V.
Kanyinga, Karuti
Munguti, Kaendi
Keywords: KENYA
WOMEN'S RIGHTS
DECENTRALISATION
DECISION-MAKING
GENDER DISCRIMINATION
HARMFUL TRADITIONAL PRACTICES
LOCAL GOVERNANCE
WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT
LAND RIGHTS
ETHNICITY
Date: 2007
Publisher: Centre for Basic Research, Kampala, UG
Series/Report no.: CBR occasional paper / Centre for Basic Research; no. 6/2007
Abstract: In Africa, the 1960s witnessed a strong desire by the new governments to replace colonial administrative arrangements. This led to many countries introducing different forms of decentralisation. Many argued that transferring legal, administrative and political authority from the central government to the lower units would foster efficient management of public resources and by that enable the states to meet the huge post-colonial expectations. But actual implementation revealed that governments were much concerned with deconcentration or transfer of administrative responsibilities to the lower units. There were generally very few attempts at giving autonomous powers to lower units and regions - devolution. Many were concerned about retaining control powers at the centre and giving the regions only administrative responsibilities....This concept paper is an attempt to outline key issues concerning decentralisation and women's citizenship in Kenya. It seeks to find out the implications of decentralisation for women's citizenship and in particular what decentralisation implies for women's social and economic rights. This concept paper provides an overview of gender and development, and further spells out whether decentralisation provides opportunities for women's participation in local decision making and access to justice. The paper further attempts to examine politics of ethnicity in relation to decentralisation and women's citizenship. For each of these issues, we have identified key research questions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/35257
Project Number: 103391
Project Title: Decentralization, Local Politics and the Construction of Women's Citizenship (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) - Phase I
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