The co-ordination of developmental activities at the local level

Local developmental activities involve the participation of a multiplicity of functionaries, bodies and agencies. This demands both intra-authority and inter-authority co-ordination if programme formulation and implementation are to be effective. This paper reviews the performance of the Divisional Administration system operationalized in the former East Central State of Nigeria up to 1976, from the viewpoint of interjurisdictional co-ordination. The paper identifies factors like lack of specific local development programmes, poor information flow and a de-emphasis of the human factor in the organizational setting as being responsible for the ineffectiveness of the Divisional Administration system to co-ordinate the activities of the different participating actors in local development. It is suggested that, in addition to the setting up of structures for decision-making networks like committees, attention should equally be paid to the process that would energize and sustain the structures if problems of co-ordination are to be obviated. – Ref.

Title: The co-ordination of developmental activities at the local level
Author: Osuji, Emman E.
Year: 1986
Periodical: Public Administration and Development
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Pages: 87-101
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
External link: https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.4230060107
Abstract: Local developmental activities involve the participation of a multiplicity of functionaries, bodies and agencies. This demands both intra-authority and inter-authority co-ordination if programme formulation and implementation are to be effective. This paper reviews the performance of the Divisional Administration system operationalized in the former East Central State of Nigeria up to 1976, from the viewpoint of interjurisdictional co-ordination. The paper identifies factors like lack of specific local development programmes, poor information flow and a de-emphasis of the human factor in the organizational setting as being responsible for the ineffectiveness of the Divisional Administration system to co-ordinate the activities of the different participating actors in local development. It is suggested that, in addition to the setting up of structures for decision-making networks like committees, attention should equally be paid to the process that would energize and sustain the structures if problems of co-ordination are to be obviated. – Ref.