Political decentralisation and service delivery in Nakaseke district

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study was “political decentralization and services delivery in Nakaseke District”. It set out to determine the impact of political decentralisation on service delivery in Nakaseke district, and was carried out with three objectives, namely; to examine the level of local people’s political involvement in Nakaseke district; determine the benefits of political decentralization in Nakaseke district, identify the challenges faced by locals in political decentralization in Nakaseke district The design of the study was a case study design, Simple random, purposive, stratified and systematic sampling techniques were used and the sample size was 283 people, where, 184 people were locals, 45 people were local leaders, 39 were opinion leaders and 15 were civil servants. Data was collected from both primary and secondary sources using questionnaires and government officials and civil servants provided secondary data records. The study found out that, local people in Nakaseke district are politically involved through avenues like local council elections, local council sessions involvement in decision making, and involvement in project implementation although a lot more needs to be done to avoid the challenges established like low sensitization, interference from the central government leaders, electoral rigging and inadequacy of council meetings, so as to increase the benefits of political decentralization. This study further established that, local council elections, council session, involvement in decision making and project implementation are fora good enough for political involvement and services delivery enhancement, if there is clear definition of key roles among different stakeholders in project implementation like in UPE, USE and NAADS. This study for these reasons above recommended that, public accountability be enhanced for public projects, sensitization of local people be given priority, council meetings increased and role setting be streamlined for better service delivery under political decentralization in Nakaseke district.
A thesis presented to the school of postgraduate studies and research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Masters of Arts in Public Administration and Management
Political, Decentralisation, service delivery, Nakaseke district