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The City of Hargeisa in Somaliland, despite being in the very early stages of enhancing its financial position, has achieved significant reform in just a few years. The successes achieved are even more remarkable, considering Somaliland’s recognition as a sovereign state by the international community and resultant limited opportunity for international partnership’. This is compounded by Somaliland’s lack of recognition as a sovereign state by the international community. The case provides an illustrative example of leveraging urbanisation to raise municipal revenues for public service delivery, and in building local government legitimacy to better deliver to the populace.
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