Governing the Outer Islands: Decentralisation in Kiribati and Tuvalu

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Phil Richardson


For over a decade the governments of Kiribati and Tuvalu have adopted decentralisation policies to strengthen the role of local-level authorities in development. This can be seen as a response to both domestic policy drivers and global trends. However, while Kiribati and Tuvalu share a common past and many of the same development issues, the decentralisation process has taken distinct paths in the two countries. This paper takes stock of the Kiribati and Tuvalu experience, drawing on research, country-specific project evaluations and practitioner perspectives. It focuses on local governance at the outer island level and examines three dimensions of the decentralisation process: policy drivers; central-local relations; and integration of traditional and modern institutions of governance.

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Richardson, P. (2009). Governing the Outer Islands: Decentralisation in Kiribati and Tuvalu. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, (2), 120-127.
Policy and Practice
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Phil Richardson, United Nations Development Programme

Governance Analyst, United Nations Development Programme, Multi-Country Office, Suva, Fiji