Research to inform design and sequencing of Zambia’s decentralization reforms to establish Local Authority capacity for revenue mobilisation, planning, budgeting and human resource management and systems of transparency and accountability for service delivery.

Recent public service reforms will see increasing responsibilities transferred from the central government to Local Authorities (LA’s) at municipal level. However, the capability of LA’s to be able to undertake complex planning and budgeting functions has been questioned. Research in this area will assist the Cabinet Office and the Decentralisation Secretariat in developing strategies to assist LA’s with the decentralisation process.