Written and produced by Jesse C. Ribot.

Mr. Weex Dunx (Mr. Scapegoat), the elected President of the Rural Council of Nambaradougou (Place of many problems), is ecstatic to learn ... all » that new decentralization laws have given his council the right to manage and use forests. The council now has the right to decide how much woodcutting will take place in their jurisdiction and who gets to do the cutting and selling. But, when Weex Dunx tries to exercise his new powers he is confronted by incredulous foresters, administrators and merchants who are in shock that he thinks he can make decisions about the forests.

For more info:

Ribot, J.C. 2009. ‘Access over Authority: Recentralizing Benefits in Senegal’s Forestry Decentralization’ Development and Change. Vol. 40, No. 1.

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