Draft Guidelines on Decentralisation and the Strengthening of Local Authorities

“The focus of this document is that the concepts of local autonomy or local self – government have been used to reflect, from a local authority perspective, the widely recognized need for decentralization. It is also recognized that the elected local authorities, are key actors in democratic governance and administration. The present guidelines outline the main principles underlying the democratic, constitutional/legal and administrative aspects of local governance and decentralization. The reader will find in this publication the following: Governance and democracy at the local level. Powers and responsabilities of local authorities. Administrative relations between local authorities and other spheres of government. Financial resources and capacities of local authorities.”