Partnership Between the People, Local Government Bodies and Central Government for Achieving MDGs in Bangladesh

Partnership Between the People, Local Government Bodies and Central Government for Achieving MDGs in Bangladesh

[The following paper was presented by Professor Badiul Alam Majumdar, Ph.D., Global Vice President and Country Director, The Hunger Project–Bangladesh at the International Political Science Association (IPSA), 10 July 2014] “People are poor because they are powerless. We must organize people for power. They must organize themselves in such a way that they can change … Continue reading

Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

The rise of global  inequality and the concentration of wealth is undermining democracy and citizen participation. The rise of urban elites in developing countries in Africa and Asia is affecting and slowing down the process of decentralization. Institutional spaces are becoming inadequate to foster citizen participation in decision making for mobilization and utilization of public … Continue reading

Why the Global Push for Local Democratic Governance?

Why the Global Push for Local Democratic Governance?

The current pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong is yet another example of a push for good, local, democratic governance. China’s move to limit the electoral freedom of Hong Kong might have served as an immediate cause, the protest is a reflection of the growing consensus for accountable governance. A movement that was witnessed in the … Continue reading

Making Local Government Work

Making Local Government Work

One could argue that citizens are more aware of local problems than are public officials. However, active citizenry that takes party in decision making on both locally concerning and national issues requires an enabling environment that empowers and incentivizes people. The very aspect of initiatives on local democracy or social accountability should be empowering enough … Continue reading

Challenges in Politics for Women in Developed Nations: Snapshot from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “We’re here to stay”

Challenges in Politics for Women in Developed Nations: Snapshot from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “We’re here to stay”

Ratified in 1788, the United States Constitution was built upon the ideals of justice, liberty, and prosperity. However, women were not explicitly promised equal protection or rights by the Constitution until 1920, when the 19th Amendment guaranteed the right to vote for all citizens regardless of gender. On Friday, September 12th The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource), The Institute for … Continue reading

Young people: The driving force for local democracy

Young people: The driving force for local democracy

September 15, 2014 marked the 7th International Day of Democracy. This years’ theme, Engaging Young People on Democracy, focuses on the challenges and opportunities young people face in engaging in democratic processes. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, called young people to contribute to building stronger democratic societies. He stated “I call on members of the largest generation of youth … Continue reading

Building Agricultural Resilience in Response to Climate Change: A panel discussion on advancing global food security

Building Agricultural Resilience in Response to Climate Change: A panel discussion on advancing global food security

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held a panel on September 11, 2014 at IFPRI’s Washington, DC office. The panel targeted “the urgent need for strategies to build resilience for the world’s farmers to adapt to climate change.” The panel stipulated that “the food system is growing more fragile, … Continue reading