n Africa Insight - Local development funds and poverty alleviation : some evidence from Nampula Province, Mozambique

Volume 35, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Decentralisation is a phenomenon of increased academic and policy significance in Africa. The aim in this article is to contribute towards growing debates concerning decentralised forms of government and their responsiveness to the needs of the poor. The specific focus is an analysis of the application of Local Development Funds (LDF) as a vehicle for poverty reduction using as a case study, Nampula Province, Mozambique. In Mozambique the role of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has been highly influential in terms of policy support and innovation for decentralisation. This paper analyses the activities of UNCDF in promoting decentralisation and especially its support for LDFs across the developing world. Against this background attention turns to the specific case of Mozambique, the operations of LDFs in Nampula province and to an assessment of the impact on poverty reduction using the example of Mecuburi district.

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