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Fiscal Decentralization and Local Governance in Burundi

December 4, 2014

For the past 10 years, the government of Burundi has engaged in a decentralization process to strengthen social cohesion and empower local communities. Most of Burundi’s local administrations, or “communes,” still struggle for fiscal viability, and social accountability remains weak at the local level. In the commune of Rutegama, in central western Burundi, however, the local authorities were able to carry out major reforms.