American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

The Utility of Fiscal Decentralization as a Local Governance Reform Strategy in Zimbabwe
Michael Tonhodzai, Tawanda Nyikadzino, Alfred G. Nhema

This study interrogates the utility of fiscal decentralization as a local governance reform strategy in Zimbabwean local government authorities using Chitungwiza Municipality (CM) as a case study. The study explores CM’s fiscal performance and the necessary conditions that are conducive for fiscal decentralization to take place. The research further analyses how fiscal decentralization can either positively or negatively affect service delivery at the local government level. The final focus of the study is on an investigation of the relationship between the central government and local government entities in as far as fiscal management is concerned and how that relationship can benefit from the proposed sustainable mechanisms advanced in the paper aimed at improving fiscal performance in local government authorities.

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