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Congratulations to Colette Nyirakamana who successfully defended her doctoral thesis

Colette successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled: Incentives, Rules, Power, and Discretion: A comparative Analysis of Local Financial Autonomy Building in the Cities of Accra and Nairobi.

Apr 16, 2021

Colette’s dissertation attempts to answer why Accra and Nairobi cities fail to meet their revenue targets and how local officials in both cities try to mitigate these challenges. Her findings show that fiscal decentralization rules, powers, incentives, discretion shape their actions and strategies towards local revenue mobilization. Additionally, the political context in which fiscal decentralization takes place conditions the will of the political elites to support or undermine the efforts to mobilize more revenue. Her study highlights the crucial role of political leaders in policy and reform processes and the fact that any reform or policy will be successful if supported politically.

Colette’s committee included Dr. Shafiq Huque, Dr. Michelle Dion and Dr. Peter Graefe, and Dr. Amy Poteete, serving as the external examiner.

She is currently working as the Programme Lead for the African Property Tax Initiative, a programme of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), and as a research associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto.