(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2001-04)
Bad governance undermines development.
Two important types of World Bank support for local
governance are social funds and broadly based support for
governments committed to decentralizing responsibility and
power to local governments and other local institutions. But
there are concerns that these two approaches, which address
different elements of governance, sometimes work at
cross-purposes. A study was therefore commissioned to
examine the interaction between social funds and
decentralization in Bolivia and Honduras (advanced
decentralization), Peru and Zimbabwe (some
decentralization), and Cambodia, Malawi, and Zambia (little
or no decentralization). This Note is based on the findings
of the study.