Service Provision Under Stress in East Africa

Service Provision Under Stress in East Africa

The State, NGO's and People's Organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Ole Therkildsen

Edited by Joseph Semboja


James Currey



Examines the connections between structural adjustment, privatization and the provision of services by the state.
This text examines the state and voluntary organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, at a time when privatization of services is part of structural adjustment programmes in most African countries. The contributors argue that market-oriented prescriptions pay little attention to three important features of service provision: One is that the provision of services for most of the population depends on collective action by the state, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and People's Organizations (POs). The second is that the links between the voluntary sector and the state are becoming more - not less - important for service provisions. The third feature of service provision is the growing importance of foreign aid. Not only is foreign assistance a major reason for the growth of the voluntary sector, but, it is suggested, aid has also made it possible for the state to maintain - and lately increase - its role in service provision.

Uganda: Fountain Publishers; Kenya: EAEP


January 1995
256 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780852553893
Format: Paperback
James Currey
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The book as a whole is without reservation to be recommended as a much more sophisticated introduction to this problem than has been available heretofore....a thought provoking book, which strives to set the story straight on privatization in East Africa ... Service Provision under Stress is a highly readable and compelling collection which addresses issues of the utmost importance for those concerned with service provision and the well-being of the citizens of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.' - Christy Cannon Lorgen in JOURNAL OF AFRICAN ECONOMIES