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Old August 1st, 2009, 04:48 PM
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Capacity building has long been a central focus in the debate around the provision of public services in developing countries. My research examined previously unexplored capacity strengths and weaknesses in urban solid waste management in Vietnam. Through interviews and a questionnaire survey of representatives from various agencies at different levels of government, I identified several key institutional capacity issues. Consistent with the capacity-building literature, financial and human resources and inter-ministry cooperation were found to be important limiting factors in the effectiveness of the waste management sector. In addition, the majority of respondents supported decentralization of national government authority by increasing various forms of local level involvement in waste management. I conclude by discussing the implications of these findings in light of the recent reorganization of state environmental management in Vietnam.
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