Fiscal Decentralization, Local Governance, & Service Delivery

The Fiscal Decentralization, Local Governance and Service Delivery course provides a detailed overview of the theoretical and applied dimensions of local government service delivery and intergovernmental fiscal relations , with a focus on developing and transition countries.
Dates: July 16 – 27, 2018
Cost: $5,900


Decentralized government, local service delivery and local governance play an increasingly important role in assuring sound public policy and democratic governance. By yielding greater fiscal responsibilities to regional and local governments, the public sector can be more flexible in response to variations in regional and local needs and demands for public services. Additionally, by giving local governments real responsibility for the delivery of local government services and for raising own source revenues, local communities are able to hold their local governments accountable for the service delivery. The result is a more efficient public sector. The services delivered are those most valued by residents and production is at a minimum cost, provided there is an optimal scale. The design, implementation, and evaluation of decentralization reforms in a country are an important determinant of success. Increasingly, large urban governments play important roles in creating regional hubs of development. However, there are exceptions to all this. For example, when there is elite capture and corruption in local governance. Thus, there is also a need to study when the decentralization of service delivery can produce inferior outcomes.
Dates: July 16 - 27, 2018
Cost: $5,900

  • Design and Implementation of fiscal systems for effective local government
  • Incentivizing improvements in local service delivery fiscal decentralization as a development strategy
  • Role of local governments in poverty reduction
  • Challenges in the design of expenditure and revenue responsibilities
  • Designing choices and challenges of intergovernmental fiscal transfers
  • Property taxes and betterment levies Local capital development and local government borrowing
  • Public private partnerships for financing local services Local budgeting and financial management in developing countries Decentralized provision of education services
  • Options for local taxes and local revenue mobilization
  • Site visits to local government agencies in the state of Georgia


Dr. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez Jorge Martinez-Vazquez
Regents Professor, Economics
Director of ICePP
Dr. Sally Wallace Sally Wallace
Chair, Economics
Associate Director, FRC
Musharraf Cyan 
Research Assistant Professor
Senior Research Associate, ICePP
Andrey Timofeev
Research Assistant Professor
Senior Research Associate, ICePP
Mark Rider
Associate Professor, Economics

Logistics Information

Tuition for the two-week fiscal decentralization, local governance, and service delivery course is $5,900. The tuition fee includes all training-related costs, including instruction, course materials, single-occupancy lodging accommodations, local transportation and cultural activities. However, the course tuition does not include airfare to/from Atlanta, health insurance, meals, or other incidental expenses. The estimated cost for meals and incidental expenses for Atlanta is $56 per day.

Participants are typically funded by their government (e.g., Ministry of Finance) or through bilateral or multilateral development agencies. The participant is responsible for securing a commitment for funding before submitting the application. Examples of multilateral development agencies are the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank. Follow this link for additional information regarding funding opportunities.

Participants to the courses stay at the Hilton Garden Inn or Embassy Suites Hotel. The hotels are within walking distance of the Georgia State campus and downtown Atlanta. The CNN Center is conveniently located across from the hotel. The Andrew Young School makes hotel reservations on behalf of participants and room charges are included in the course tuition fee. Participants are generally assigned single-occupancy rooms with complimentary wireless high speed internet access.

A number of field trips and outings are planned for course participants providing an opportunity to interact with each other and with program instructors outside the classroom, while providing participants with a taste of local history and culture. These extracurricular activities include visits to relevant places of interest around the city of Atlanta. Transportation and entrance tickets are included in the tuition fee.

Note that due to the length of time needed for the U.S. Government to process visas, it is highly recommended that you submit your training program application as soon as possible. Once your training program application is received, Georgia State University will be able to provide supporting documentation for the visa application process.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made more than 10 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed in full less the cost of the wire transfer. Cancellations made less than 10 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed 60% of the total fee. This withholding is to cover the cost of the penalty fee paid to the hotel for canceling the room and the costs incurred for the purchase training supplies.

Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course up to 30 days before the beginning of the course based on projected participation.