Decentralisation is built on the assumption that decentralized governments are more knowledgeable about and responsive to the needs of the poor. This article examines the role of local governments in Kenya and the
ways in which they make their decisions about the allocation of resources to deliver water and sanitation services. Two major challenges are identified: i) lack of data that accurately reveal which areas are most in need; and ii) inadequate instruments for planning, monitoring and evaluation. In tackling previous shortcomings, this study i) adopts a new specific approach for data collection at community level, and ii)
exploits these data through simple composite indicators as policy tools that assist local government with decision-making. It concludes that accurate and comprehensive data are the basis of effective targeting and
prioritization, which are fundamental to sector planning.
CitationGiné, R.; Jiménez, A.; Pérez, A. Local government decision-making : from data to action. A: IWA Development Congress. "2nd IWA Development Congress : Pioneering Water Solutions in Urbanising Areas". Kuala Lumpur: Internatinal Water Association (IWA), 2012, p. 1-18.
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