The subject of local government and post-conflict reconstruction sits at the intersection of several interrelated research areas, notably conflict/peacebuilding, governance, and political economy. This volume addresses a gap in the academic literature: whilst decentralisation is frequently included in peace agreements, the actual scope and role of local government is far less frequently discussed. This gap remains despite a considerable literature on local government in developing countries more generally, particularly with regard to decentralisation; but also, despite a considerable and growing literature on post-conflict reconstruction.
This volume provides a mixture of case study, cross-case studies, practitioner reflection, and conceptual material on the function of local government in the context of decentralisation in post-conflict countries, from both academics and policy-makers. This collection of in-depth single- and multi-country case study analysis is complemented by practitioner reflections and framed within the 2030 Agenda building on the New Urban Agenda, and particularly the Sustainable Development Goal 16 to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.’
The chapters in this book were originally published in the online journal Third World Thematics.
Table of Contents
1. Local government and decentralisation in post-conflict contexts
2. Taking stock of Rwanda’s decentralisation: changing local governance in a post-conflict environment
3. Beneath the veneer: decentralisation and post-conflict reconstruction in Rwanda
4. The role of decentralisation in post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone
Andrew Nickson and Joel Cutting
5. Mediating the margins: the role of brokers and the Eastern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka’s post-war transition
Jonathan Goodhand, Bart Klem and Oliver Walton
6. Decentralisation, security consolidation and territorial peacebuilding: is Colombia about to close the loop?
Markus Schultze-Kraft, Oscar Valencia and David Alzate
7. Educational decentralisation in post-conflict societies: approaches and constraints
8. Local government dissolution in Karachi: chasm or catalyst?
Alison Brown and Saeed Ahmed
9. Decentralisation as a post-conflict state-building strategy in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone and Rwanda
Gareth J. Wall
10. Decentralisation and local governance in post-conflict contexts: a practitioner’s perspective
Shipra Narang Suri
Paul Jackson is a political economist working on post-conflict reconstruction. He is Professor of African Politics in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, UK, and currently a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Gender and African Studies at the University of the Free State, South Africa. His extensive experience on governance in Sierra Leone led him into conflict analysis and security sector reform. He is currently an advisor to the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre and programme leader on the Sustainable Development Programme for the British Academy.
Gareth J. Wall oversees the research and knowledge management activities of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, focusing on ensuring good practice lessons from CLGF programmatic work and from our ministerial and local government membership to inform policy and practice across the Commonwealth. He is concurrently undertaking doctoral research on deliberative democracy for human development in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, India.