Douala, Cameroon, June 8 – 12, 2009 - CIFAL Ouagadougou in partnership with United Cities and Municipalities of Cameroon organized a training session on Financial Autonomy of Local Authorities and the tools to improve resource mobilization for local officials, senior municipal managers and central service representatives (tax department, territorial administration and decentralization department). 30 participants from 11 African countries took part to this training (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo).
As part of the decentralization process and simultaneously to the transfer of competence, African countries must ensure effective financial resources transfer and support local capacity building for governance and management. However problems reside when attempting to accord competence and resource transfers. Government subsidies are occasional and uncertain additionally local running costs of municipalities are completely to their responsibility. This weak/absent resource allocation resulting in the lack of financial autonomy represents a major obstacle for local development.
This 5 day session enabled participants to take stock of:
- Local resources typology
- Local resource mobilization constraints
- Technical tools to enhance resource mobilization
- Implementation strategies to enhance the autonomy of local authorities