Open Sessions

SOU 26 - Divergente Perspectives on Local Government Financing

21 Nov

21 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Casablanca


Special Fund for Equipment and Inter-municipal Intervention(FEICOM)

Tel: (237) 222 22 51 64




Decentralization is now recognized by African states as a strategic orientation for development and governance. Thus, transfers of skills are observed in the majority of States, to sub-State entities that inherit important responsibilities for the construction of infrastructure and the provision of basic services to the population. However, the question of the financial resources required to carry out these responsibilities remains a concern. Various mechanisms and modalities are in place for the financing of activities related to the transfer of competences. Their effectiveness, which is more or less perceptible in different contexts, will be analysed during this session. In addition to the direct transfer of resources from the State to local authorities, several African countries have set up operational mechanisms to support the exercise of the transferred powers. The session will be an opportunity for these various institutions, their technical and financial guardians and local authorities to discuss the effectiveness of these mechanisms, to share their experiences, opportunities and constraints that decentralization offers in each country.   The objective of this session would be to share experiences between various actors in the financing of local authorities and local elected officials, with a view to a critical analysis in the light of specific contexts, in order to identify good practices to be capitalized.




The session will begin with an introductory statement by the President focusing on the context of financing decentralization in Africa in relation to the implementation of the major global development agendas. This will be followed by

  1. A presentation on the main principles that guide the transfer of resources, including endowments, tax transfers, budget transfers and equalization,
  2. Communications from financing institutions in different countries,
  3. The perspective of a local elected official (following the testimonies of other participants in the room during the exchanges) on the effectiveness of financing methods, and finally
  4. The problems encountered, lessons learned and prospects in a changing environment with economic, social and environmental challenges.

The subsequent exchange phase will focus on the effectiveness of the various methods of financing local authorities, in particular for local productive investment, the necessary support for these authorities, the diversification of their resources and flexibility in the role of financing institutions.
The session secretariat will record recommendations throughout the proceedings and submit them for validation by the assistance.


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