The Gorée Institute

The Gorée Institute

In 1987 there was a historic meeting in Dakar between the exiled leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) and a group of influential South Africans. This meeting is credited with paving the way for the end of apartheid in South Africa. The Gorée Institute was founded in 1992 as a Center for Democracy, Development, … Continue reading

Call for Applications: 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

Call for Applications: 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

Re-posted from www.100resilientcities.org Is Your City Ready To Become Resilient? The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to find 100 cities that are ready to build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world. We can’t predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond … Continue reading

The Indonesia Governance Index: A Pioneering National Effort to Assess Governance

The Indonesia Governance Index: A Pioneering National Effort to Assess Governance

The Indonesia Governance Index (IGI) was created to comprehensively assess local governance and to advocate for good governance practices at the local level. The Index measures the performance of provincial-level governments based on 89 indicators and openly shares the information with Indonesian citizens. It publishes profiles of each province’s performance, rankings of provinces, and data … Continue reading

Decentralization in the Arab World

Decentralization in the Arab World

Based on a book published by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) and funded by the Open Society Foundations, Mona Harb and Sami Attalah recently wrote a policy brief entitled “Decentralization in the Arab World Must be Strengthened to Provide Better Services.” The authors note that decentralization in the Arab world falls behind other … Continue reading

Mexico – Focus Group Meeting

Mexico – Focus Group Meeting

Mexico, July 11, 17 participants, Organizer: The Hunger Project – Mexico As part of the implementation of the Participatory Local Democracy Project, on 11 July 2014, The Hunger Project Mexico and the Mexican Center of Philanthropy held the focus group discussion to collectively answer the survey on local democracy. 17 people participated in the meeting, … Continue reading

Can Sub-National Autonomy Strengthen Democracy in Bolivia?

Can Sub-National Autonomy Strengthen Democracy in Bolivia?

Jean-Paul Faguet addresses the issue of decentralization and accountability in Bolivia in the article “Can Sub-National Autonomy Strengthen Democracy in Bolivia?” published in 2013 by the Journal of Federalism. He notes that Bolivia is one of the most radical decentralization reformers, and has recently implemented new reforms granting autonomy to local governments. Faguet seeks to … Continue reading

Decentralization and Governance

Decentralization and Governance

In January 2014, World Development dedicated a special issue to the subject of decentralization and its role in development. Jean-Paul Faguet, who has written about decentralization in Bolivia and Colombia, wrote the editorial article called “Decentralization and Governance.” One of the main benefits of decentralization, as argued by its proponents, is that it makes governments … Continue reading

Lebanon – Focus Group Meeting

Lebanon – Focus Group Meeting

Lebanon, July 1, 7 participants, Organizer: Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace The meeting was a space for people from different backgrounds to share their experiences, ideas, and thoughts about local participatory democracy. It was an interesting discussion. The meeting highlighted the need for educating local people about their civic rights, accountability, and transparency, as … Continue reading