City charter; Governance; Management; Finance; Services of city; Governance ? management; Governance ? finance; Management ? finance; Decentralisation; Democracy; Checks and balances; Responsibility and accountability; Capacity; World Bank and IMF (International Monetary Fund)
The case discusses the introduction of the city charter in the Municipality of Addis Ababa. The experience considers both the design issues of a city charter and the dynamics of the innovation it can determine. The implications in terms of governance, management and finance are discussed. Different problems in local management are investigated, including the issue of the degree of internal decentralisation that is suitable to the needs of a metropolitan area. Aspects of the national context of Ethiopia are dealt with, so that the case can be discussed also in relation to the management of third world municipalities and not only as a case of co-operation.