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Title:Challenges of decentralisation in Ethiopia's Somali Region
Author:Hagmann, TobiasISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:32
Issue:104-105
Pages:449-455
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:self-determination
self-government
decentralization
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240500329320
Abstract:Ethiopia's Somali Regional State or Region 5 represents a vivid testimony to the fruitless attempts to establish a functional administration in a border region drawn into constant political turmoil. Ever since the Somali Region was granted its own 'autonomous' administration in 1993, State presence has remained embryonic in urban centres and has been nearly fictional in the rural areas. Under the impulsion of international and national pressure, Region 5 embarked on a troubled process of decentralization in 2004 - a move that was preceded by the Region's first ever district council elections. A number of precisely defined and related institutional and financial reforms are contained in the decentralization of Ethiopia's regional States. However, implementing these tasks in the context of the Somali Region proves an arduous challenge. The failure to decentralize became both a cause and an effect of the lack of tangible progress in infrastructure development during the past decade. Although the Somali Region has shown its willingness to decentralize, considerable doubt arises as to its chances for success. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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