The recent rationalisation of local government taxes and, in particular, the abolishment of the development levy, imply that many district councils, in the short run, will lose 40-50 percent of their own generated revenues. This has raised concern among stakeholders at both the local and central levels that the financial autonomy of local authorities is undermined and that some councils are moving towards bankruptcy. In this Project Brief, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad argues that there are reasons to be concerned about the short-term impacts of the tax rationalisation. However, the reform also represents an opportunity for local governments to implement much-needed reforms of their revenue systems and to look at new approaches for revenue enhancement and cost saving
This is the first issue in a series of Project Briefs from the formative process research (FPR) on the local government reform programme (LGRP) in Tanzania. The Project Briefs intend to present and discuss cases illustrating experiences from various councils in implementing the reform. The Project Briefs will also provide discussions on special issues and […]
In response to pressure in the parliament, the government has recently stated that it is considering extending the Tanzania Social Action Fund – TASAF to all districts as from 2005.
Councillors and community leaders-partnership or conflict of interest? Lessons from the Sustainable Mwanza Project
One central Objective of Local Government Reform Programme – LGRP is foresting of public-private partnerships in delivering of essential services at a community level.
Accessibility to clean and safe water for every household has been seen for decades as a core element of basic needs and human rights. The Government of Tanzania (GoT) has endorsed the UN Millennium Development Goals, including the pledge to reduce by half by the year 2015 the proportion of people who do not have […]