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

Decentralization in Ukraine: An antidote for conflict

Decentralization in Ukraine: An antidote for conflict

Recently decentralization has been surfacing in European and U.S media as a solution for the current conflict in Ukraine. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, have openly endorsed decentralization as a means to curb the continuing destruction of human life and regain safety in the region. Could power sharing between the different regions and … Continue reading

Free UCLG Online Course: Decentralization and Local Governance

Free UCLG Online Course: Decentralization and Local Governance

The UCLG Decentralization and Local Self-Government Committee, in collaboration with Goberna, School of Politics and Government Research Institute  Ortega y Gasset are offering the fifth online Course on Decentralization and Local Governance. This course will be held from September  25 through December 21, 2014.The learning experience will be rooted in useful technical knowledge to aid the development of theoretical tools and practices. Participants will strengthen … Continue reading

Women’s Political Empowerment in Cote d’Ivoire: Mariam Dao Gabala on Advocacy and the US-Africa Summit

Women’s Political Empowerment in Cote d’Ivoire: Mariam Dao Gabala on Advocacy and the US-Africa Summit

During the US-Africa Leaders Summit early last month, hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, the National Democratic Institute invited Mariam Dao Gabala, distinguished advocate of women’s political participation and financial inclusion, from Cote d’Ivoire to lead a discussion focused on Women, Peace, and Democracy in Cote d’Ivoire. Gabala is the president of Coalition des Femmes Leaders de … Continue reading