Decentralization, Good Governance and Public Private Partnerships

Will the division of a large state to several smaller states enable better administration or development of regions in question? Perhaps, the solution lies in decentralization of administrative functions, rather than the division of a state. However, decentralization in itself would not deliver the desired results. Equitable and balanced regional development could be achieved through the combination of DGPP – Decentralization, Good Governance, and Public Private Partnerships. A small administrative region could be a handicap if the same is not backed by good governance or is characterized with political instability. Good governance is crucial for removing the bottlenecks in development and ensuring planned development of villages, towns and cities in the respective regions. Again, decentralization should be complemented with Public Private Partnerships at the district level to achieve the desired development goals, address employment issues, improve surface transport facilities, deliver better health service and meet the growing needs of power for domestic and industrial use. A new state or administrative decentralization will not serve any purpose if it fails to deliver good governance, improve basic amenities, create employment opportunities and stem migration.

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