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Beneath the veneer: decentralisation and post-conflict reconstruction in Rwanda
Gaynor, Niamh
In 2000, the Rwandan government began the phased introduction of a decentralisation programme throughout the country. The programme aimed at countering citizen’s exploitation and marginalisation - a principal driver of the 1994 genocide - through broadbased participation in local development planning. This article analyses the extent to which Rwanda’s evolving decentralisation process is meeting this aim. Tracking a shift in emphasis from local political participation to economic growth, it argues that increased technocratisation and centralised control combined with poor policy responsiveness and low levels of local government legitimacy are undermining post-conflict reconstruction.
Keyword(s): Political science; Decentralisation; Rwanda; Development; Conflict; Reconstruction; Peace building; Participation
Publication Date:
2017
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Gaynor, Niamh ORCID: 0000-0001-5645-7032 <https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5645-7032> (2017) Beneath the veneer: decentralisation and post-conflict reconstruction in Rwanda. Third World Thematics, 1 (6). pp. 779-798. ISSN 2380-2014
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/23931/1/Doras.pdf,
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1333450
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