The summercourse Decentralisation and Local Governance is designed for professionals dealing with decentralisation processes and local service delivery in developing and transitional countries. It discusses questions like: How do decentralisation policies contribute to poverty reduction and reaching the Millennium Development Goals? In what way can a transfer of power and budget from central to local authorities lead to better services on the local level? How can a dialogue between national governments and local stakeholders be stimulated? And how can local governments be made more accountable to their citizens?