Decentralization of Services for Children: The Spanish experience

Innocenti Occasional Papers, Decentralization and Local Governance Series 1

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Casas, Ferran;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1994
  • Pages
    • 40
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 179U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


The ‘Plan Of Action’ adopted at the 1990 World Summit for Children recognised the importance of grass-roots initiatives for children at the provincial level. In many countries, this call for ‘decentralisation’ has triggered the beginnings of an entirely novel process. In Spain, a general trend toward the provincial and the participatory had already begun - the effect of the NPA has been to strengthen an already existent phenomenon. This paper documents Spain’s extensive experience of decentralisation and the influence it has had upon policy and services for children.


Thematic area

National Development Programmes   / 


community participation   /  decentralization   /  National Programme of Action   /  participatory development   /