Decentralization in Mali: a constrained “responsibility transfer” process

December 2010
Cheibane Coulibaly (Land Tenure and Development Technical Committee)

I683 new ‘communes’ have been created in Mali’s audacious decentralization policy. This has made central the issue of authority, responsibility and resource transfer from the central government. What are the privileges of the so-called traditional institutions created by the local people at the village level and between villages? What kind of cooperation should exist between these institutions and the government units? Highlights the achievements and constrains of the decentralization policy and outlines some possible solutions.