THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN: INTERGOVERNMENTAL POLICIES AND ISSUES, Working Paper 011 Open Access
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The Government of Sudan and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement have agreed to a framework for ending Africa’s longest running civil war. As part of that agreement, there is a need to revise the intergovernmental grant system in Sudan. This paper describes the current intergovernmental grant system, concluding that it is only marginally redistributive. After discussing a general framework for designing intergovernmental grants systems, the results of alternative grant simulations are presented. Under virtually all of the simulations poorer states receive larger grants than under the current system. The final section of the paper identifies and discusses issues that must be addressed to successfully implement any intergovernmental changes. These issues include, for example, the need to strengthen local revenue mobilization and improve local revenue administration.