The Role of the Local Government in Poverty Alleviation-Case Study Malawi

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The Role of the Local Government in Poverty Alleviation

Case study in Blantyre District, Malawi


This research has been conducted to investigate the role of the local government in poverty alleviation, in reference to the projects they design and implement and the contribution this makes in the efforts to develop the society as a whole, focussing on the Malawi business capital city of Blantyre.

The following terms have been defined for clarification purposes and to enable a better understanding of the study.

GOVERNANCE: “Governance is the process as well as the result of the making of authorities’ decisions for the benefit of the society”

Bathwall, c.p 2003


“Traditionally associated with local government in England, Wales and German and a principal feature of the English local government system; Very crucial in the idea of the electoral basis of the system which shields it from becoming purely dependent organs of the State”


“A system of government controlled by a local council which is authorised by the central government to pass ordinance having a local application, levy taxes or exact labour within limits specified by the government, and vary centrally decided policy applying it locally”


➢ “Refers collectively to administrative authorities over areas that are smaller than a state. The term is used to contrast with offices at nation-state level, which are referred to as the central government, national government, or (where appropriate) federal government.”

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.html accessed on the 14-05-2010.

➢ “A political sub-division of a nation or a state in a federal system which is a constituted by law and has substantial control over local affairs including the power to impose taxes or exert labour for prescribed purposes.”

The United Nations documentary on Public administration...
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