Practices and Challenges of Urban Kebele Councils in Promoting Local Democracy: The Case of Hossana City Administration

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This research project focuses on identifying the practices and challenges of urban kebele councils in promoting local democracy the case of Hossana city administration. The main objective of this study is to identify the practices and challenges those Hossana city council faced in the conduct of its business and to indicate the appropriate directions. Descriptive method was used in this study. From 1600 population 260 were taken as a sample by using purposive sampling technique. Both open-ended and close-ended questionnaires were prepared and distributed. Moreover, qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis were employed using tables with percentage and descriptive narration techniques. The result of the study indicated that promote democracy in local council unsuccessful to enhance democracy in city’s administration. Therefore, the Hosanna city Administration should be providing continuous training to awareness creation for city council members as local council members have significant role to promote democracy. The internal working system of Kebeles councils reflected that executive domination is very high, and councils are not responsive to the needs of the community and most importantly democratic essence viz. accountability, transparency, participation and autonomy are not adhered principles in the councils conduct. Councils as they are impeded by the above-mentioned challenges are playing insignificant role in cultivating democratic value and improving the service delivery to the grass root people. Therefore, it is recommended that the internal working system of councils need to be very transparent, responsive, participatory and free from any unnecessary intervention. Besides, councilors must be sensitive to public interest; legal back up from the city administration is also needed in order to make councils strong, autonomous and powerful. The field that councilors operating also should be open to all stakeholders as the democracy promotion works calls for the involvements of different actors.


A Thesis Submitted to Department of Public Administration and Development Management in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Art in Public Management and Policy Program.


Democracy, Hossana City, Local Democracy