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Urban Studies Research
Volume 2013, Article ID 301068, 14 pages
Review Article

The World Bank and the Building of Local Institutionality in Senegal: A Path toward Municipal Adjustment

1Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, 228 Paterson Hall, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1S 5B6
2Department of Geography, Centre de Recherche sur les Innovations Sociales (CRISES), Université du Québec à Montréal, CP 8888, Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, Canada H3C 3P8

Received 13 November 2012; Revised 25 June 2013; Accepted 25 June 2013

Academic Editor: Joris Hoekstra

Copyright © 2013 Mebometa Ndongo and Juan-Luis Klein. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper examines the impacts of municipal adjustment strategies on territorial governance in Africa, with specific reference to Senegal, as the result of the action of the World Bank. The paper identifies the process through which the World Bank is reconfiguring the system of actors and changing the local institutional environment to embody its philosophy of governance modernization. The paper shows how the local actor is brought to contribute to the new focus on governance and the reshaping of local institutions, which together comprise a type of urban development that aligns with the tenets of globalization.