Chapter 6 Quick facts
- Although most countries have embarked on decentralization, the results are generally falling short of the
ambitions set out at Habitat II.
- Inefficient or impracticable legislative reforms reflect the dominance of ‘universal’ technical concerns and replication of foreign ‘best practice’ that disregard local circumstances.
- Planning regulations in developing and transition countries are often too detailed, and inflexible, making compliance so challenging that people tend to bypass them altogether.
- Genuine accountability and administrative capacity to implement public policies based on accurate information about local conditions are essential for decentralization to contribute to economic development.