In their contribution to the 2018 State of Local Governance publication, Afesis-corplan argues that a big role was crafted for ward committees that went far beyond its primary role of facilitating participatory decision-making. It is possible that while ward committees have dismally failed in this primary role, they may have done well in the other functional areas. Their paper seeks to assess the effectiveness of ward committees in its other functional areas.


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