The Role of Decentrausation In Community Empowerment for Poverty Alleviation: The Experience of Endinzi Sub County, Isingiro District

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Kampala International University, Colleges of Humanities and Social sciences
This report documents the findings of a study on the role of decentralization in community empowerment for poverty alleviation. Endinzi Sub County in Isingiro district was taken as a case study. The study’s main objective was to examine the role of government decentralization in empowering communities for sustainable development. The study adopted questionnaires and interviews as key research instruments. These were administered on the key respondents who included local people and local council leaders and civil servants. The key findings include the following; The roles of decentralized governments especially at sub county level were inadequately done in Endinzi local government. Most services that mean a lot in local people’s lives such as roads, schools and health centers were in place. A number of limitations were however noted including substandard work, poor or lack of maintenance and the like. Endinzi Sub County just like any other in the country cannot provide services adequately due to low revenues created by a narrow revenue base. The situation became worse with the abolition of graduated tax. Local governments still face structural constraints that include corruption, incompetence, unsupervised demotivated civil servants and political interference. The following recommendations were made; Endinzi sub-County should strengthen its planning process to ensure that programmes that eradicate poverty are critically addressed. Local people should be involved in decision making and determining their projects that may bring them out of poverty. The sub county officials can do this.
A Research Report Submitted as Partial Requirement for The Award of a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies Degree of Kampala International University
Decentrausation, Community Empowerment, Poverty Alleviation