Decentralization and the Social Economics of Development
Lessons from Kenya
There has been broad agreement in recent years that decentralization is key in achieving democracy at local level. Examining the successes, failures, possibilities and limitations of efforts across rural Kenya, this book analyzes the socioeconomic and institutional prerequisites for successful decentralization, and the role of community groups and producer organizations in reducing poverty and promoting empowerment.
Original empirical studies explore the fundamental elements of coherent, inclusive and ultimately effective decentralization, and how these can be applied to efforts across the African continent and beyond.
CH. 1) Decentralization and the Social Economics of Development: An Overview of Concepts and Evidence from Kenya
PART I: SUCCESSES AND FAILURES OF DECENTRALIZATION IN RURAL KENYA
CH. 2) A Qualitative Analysis of Success and Failure Factors of Agricultural Cooperatives in Central Kenya
CH. 3) Institutional Incompatibility and Deregulation: Explaining the Dismal Performance of Kenya's Coffee Cooperatives
CH. 4) Decentralization, Community-Based Organizations and Access to Agricultural Extension Services in Eastern Kenya
CH. 5) Access to and Willingness to Pay for Agricultural Extension in Western Kenya
CH. 6) Decentralization of Pastoral Resources Management and its Effects on Environmental Degradation and Poverty, Experience from Northern Kenya
PART II: SOCIOECONOMIC AND INSTITUTIONAL PRECONDITIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL DECENTRALIZATION
CH. 7) Linkages Between Community, Environmental, and Conflict Management: Experiences from Northern Kenya
CH. 8) The Unfulfilled Promise of Microfinance in Kenya: The KDA Experience
CH. 9) The Effects of Farmer Community Group Participation on Rural Livelihoods in Kenya
CH. 10) On Economic Transfers through Social Networks in Kenya's Smallholder Sector