Good Governance Practices and Challenges in Local Government of Ethiopia: The Case of Bonga Town Administration


Governance, Good governance, Local government, Local governance, and Town Administration

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Bekele, W., & Ago, F. (2020). Good Governance Practices and Challenges in Local Government of Ethiopia: The Case of Bonga Town Administration. Research in Educational Policy and Management, 2(2), 97-128.


This study sought to assess the practice and challenges of good governance in Bonga Town Administration. A descriptive research method was utilized. Respondents are selected by purposive and convenience sampling techniques. Quantitative data was gathered through a questionnaire. Pertinent to qualitative information, structured interview, and FGD are employed. Then, data analyzed through quantitative and qualitative methods. Finally, the study disclosed a low level of accountability and transparency in the town administration. Pervasive corruption is also perceived as a key governance problem in the town; however, due to fear of reprisal citizens lack experience in exposing corruption. In sum poor service delivery, the gap between local government representatives and the town people, high level of rent-seeking, weak political leadership, lack of timely response for a public interest, and public disengagement in shared affairs were found to be challenges of good governance. Henceforth, based on the findings, it is concluded that the current good governance practice in Bonga Town Administration is weak and identified with a high level of rent-seeking among public servants as well as appointed and elected authorities. This research argues for the existence of governance which ensures public engagement in decision making and prioritization of shared problems, accompanied by transparent and accountable administration.

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