Fully Funded African School on Decentralization in South Africa 2021

The South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Development at the Dullah Omar Institute of the University of the Western Cape, and the Centre for Federalism and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University offers the inaugural African School on Decentralisation in 2021.

The African School on Decentralisation is the first school on decentralisation in Africa presented by leading international experts on decentralisation from Africa and further afield. The two-week course examines the concepts and practice of decentralisation in African countries from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.

It aims to give content to, and promote the African Union’s Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development which, having been adopted in 2014, is yet to come into operation. It also seeks to create a platform for knowledge-sharing on the vast array of issues affecting and/or arising out of decentralisation in Africa thus contributing towards increased knowledge and research outputs, policy innovation and the promotion of good governance.

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The School will offer courses based on revolving themes drawn from contemporary issues concerning decentralisation in Africa. It will include lectures, interactive panel discussions, case studies and study visits to institutions of decentralisation. At the end of the course, a general assessment will be administered and a postgraduate certificate issued to the participants jointly by the two hosting Universities.

Worth of Award

  • limited number of bursaries will be awarded, based on need, to cover an economy class return ticket to Cape Town.
  • Accommodation and meals


The course targets applicants with an interest in decentralisation in Africa, including:

  • State officials at national, state/provincial and local levels
  • Practitioners in 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.
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How to Apply

  • To apply, fill up the application form on their website

Deadline: All completed nomination applications must be received by January 31, 2021. 


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