The Learning Agenda on Local Capacity Development

The Learning Agenda on Local Capacity Development

This year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a local systems framework that outlines the agency’s vision to promote development that is “locally owned, locally led and locally sustained.” Through this new approach, USAID seeks to engage in more local partnerships to help local communities be the engines of their own growth. In … Continue reading

Local Government Climate Roadmap

Local Government Climate Roadmap

  Local governments have not always been involved in global talks on climate change, but an organization is working to combat this gap. The Local Government Climate Roadmap is a coalition of local governments that works to determine an action plan towards a post-Kyoto framework on climate change. It was launched in Bali in 2007 … Continue reading

The Gorée Institute

The Gorée Institute

In 1987 there was a historic meeting in Dakar, Senegal 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. Based on the ideas of the chairman of the meeting, President Abdou Diouf … 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