Chapter 6 Quick facts

  1. Although most countries have embarked on decentralization, the results are generally falling short of the
    ambitions set out at Habitat II.
  2. Inefficient or impracticable legislative reforms reflect the dominance of ‘universal’ technical concerns and replication of foreign ‘best practice’ that disregard local circumstances.
  3. Planning regulations in developing and transition countries are often too detailed, and inflexible, making compliance so challenging that people tend to bypass them altogether.
  4. 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.