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Title: Linking context and strategy in donor support for decentralisation: A diagnostic framework
Authors: Fritzen, S.A. 
Keywords: Contingency theory
Developing countries
Issue Date: Feb-2007
Citation: Fritzen, S.A. (2007-02). Linking context and strategy in donor support for decentralisation: A diagnostic framework. Public Administration and Development 27 (1) : 13-25. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: International donors, long-standing supporters of decentralisation reforms in developing countries, often face the challenge of aligning programme assistance to the great variety of country governance settings in which many operate. This article presents a framework for assessing the implications of governance and institutional context for a range of programming challenges, with particular reference to the challenge of decentralised programming. The framework has three conceptual steps. Country governance and institutional change environments are first described in terms of how enabling governance capacities are for decentralised programming, and how rapid and predictable the rate of institutional change is. Second, these environmental considerations are associated with overall assistance modalities of donors, in areas such as the type of partners sought and interventions selected. Third, a range of options concerning the aims, scope and extent of decentralising programming are reviewed and linked to the diagnostic framework above. The framework is broadly derived from organisational contingency theory, which it is argued has been relatively neglected in the study of development administration due to a preponderance of analysis based on single-case studies. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Source Title: Public Administration and Development
ISSN: 02712075
DOI: 10.1002/pad.440
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