GRASSROOTS WOMEN & DECENTRALIZED GOVERNANCE
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What has Decentralization Meant for Grassroots Women Organizations?
Decentralization, including financial devolution, is seen as a prerequisite for democratization of development processes, without which community participation occurs in a vacuum. For grassroots organizations, decentralization has enabled women to play a proactive role in local governance. As a result of decentralization and the devolution of decision making powers and responsibilities to local bodies, grassroots organizations have innovated new strategies which, on the one hand, are collaborative, designed mainly to empower local government and on the other hand, challenge local bodies to ensure their accountability to local communities.