Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through decentralisation and the role of local governments: a systematic review

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Joydeep Guha
Bhaskar Chakrabarti

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This paper is about the role of local democracy and governance to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Increased reliance on locally generated revenue, difficulties in managing networks of actors with diverse goals and objectives, imperfect flow of information, and trust deficit in stakeholders pose major challenges to achieving SDGs locally. By doing a systematic review of the recent literature on decentralisation with examples from different local governments, the paper outlines ways in which these challenges could be addressed. The paper also highlights the need for enhancing local leadership capabilities and demarcation of responsibilities among local politicians and bureaucrats, a point missed in the SDG agenda.

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Guha, J., & Chakrabarti, B. (2019). Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through decentralisation and the role of local governments: a systematic review. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, (22), Article ID 6855. https://doi.org/10.5130/cjlg.v0i22.6855
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Research and Evaluation (peer-reviewed)