The Fiscal Decentralization and Local Governance 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 27 – August 7, 2020
Application deadline: June 26, 2020
Late application deadline: July 17, 2020
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 reform in a country are important determinants of success. Increasingly, large urban governments play important role in creating regional hubs of development. However, there are exceptions to all this. For example, when there are 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.
- Design and implementation of fiscal system for effective local government
- Incentivizing improvements in local service delivery fiscal decentralization as a development strategy
- Challenges in the design of expenditure and revenue responsibilities
- Options for local taxes and local revenue mobilization
- Property taxes and betterment levies
- Decentralized provision of education services
- Role of local governments in poverty reduction
- Designing choices and challenges of intergovernmental fiscal transfers (including computer lab session on grant simulation)
- Local capital development and local government borrowing
- Public-private partnerships for financing local services
- Local budgeting and financial management in developing countries (including computer lab session on statistics for fiscal policy analysis)
- Site visits to local government agencies in the state of Georgia to acquire the first-hand experience in one of the most decentralized systems in the world.
Tuition for the two-week 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.
The hotels are within walking distance of the Georgia State campus and downtown Atlanta. 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. Each participants will be provided with a CityPASS. With a CityPASS you can be admitted, free of charge, to the following attractions:
The Georgia Aquarium -located in downtown Atlanta across from Centennial Olympic Park- is the world’s largest aquarium with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe.
Tour the global headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System and visit the eateries and specialty stores. Guided tours are available through the CNN Studios in Atlanta.
See, hear and taste the magical story of Coca-Cola – the world’s most popular soft-drink – at World of Coca-Cola. It’s a truly unique experience that lets you celebrate the history, as well as sample the future of this incredible soft drink legend.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Their purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit Amicalola Falls State Park and hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Georgia, Amicalola Falls. The enormous waterfall drops over 730 feet, cascading in multiple tiers of white water from a towering cliff in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest.
What’s more, participants will be taken on shopping excursions to some of Atlanta’s best outlet shopping malls. The Tanger Outlets and Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta are home to many brand name stores that sell at reduced prices.
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.
Cancellations made more than 30 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed in full less the cost of the wire transfer. Cancellations made less than 30 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 cancelling 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.