Cape Town, South Africa



University of the Western Cape - Decentralisation and Development in Africa Movemeback African initiative cover image


The African School on Decentralisation is a two-week course presented by leading international experts on decentralization.

It will focus on the interrelationship between decentralisation and development while the following subjects will be addressed on 25th May- 5th June 2020:

  • An analysis of the different forms of decentralisation, including federal arrangements and local government. Of importance are the objects of decentralisation, including: Democracy, Peace-making, Human rights, and Development
  • What is the theory and practice of development? How should development be understood? What are the global trends, such as the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs)?
  • How are the objectives of decentralisation and development brought together in Africa? 
  • Are there particular pre-conditions that  would favour development in Africa?
  • What is the role of subnational governments in Africa in advancing development? 
  • What are the common trends, challenges, good practices and successes that we can learn from the case studies?
  • In addition to above themes, the practice of decentralisation and development will be examined in a number of case studies from South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.


The course targets applicants who are:

  • State officials at national, state/provincial and local levels
  • Practitioners is multilevel (decentralised) governance systems
  • Members of local and international non-governmental organisations
  • Post-graduate students and researchers in law, public policy, governance, development, politics and related fields with an interest in decentralisation in Africa.


Passers of this course will receive:

  • Recognition 
  • Postgraduate certificate issued jointly by The University of the Western Cape and Addis Ababa University

About University of the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape is a public university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.