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

The International Conference on Community Based Adaption: Conclusions from 2014 and Registration for 2015

The International Conference on Community Based Adaption: Conclusions from 2014 and Registration for 2015

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a policy research organization founded in 1971, integrates both research and action into their operations. Their work is centralized around their four research groups: climate change, human settlements, natural resources, and sustainable markets. For the past eight years IIED has created and hosted the International Conference on Community … Continue reading

Municipal Finances: Free E-Learning Program for Local Governments

Municipal Finances: Free E-Learning Program for Local Governments

Applications for the World Bank’s free Municipal Finances E-course  from October 27 to December 19, 2014 are now available. This course for local leaders and officials, think tanks, national institutions, and World Bank Staff aims to improve knowledge and skills for the management of local finances. Extract from perspectives of local governments, content for this course includes being … Continue reading

Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325

Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325

Published by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP),  Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325 is a 126-page booklet focusing on the GNWP’s efforts to localize the UNSCR 1325 and 1820 National Action Plans (NAPs). These two resolutions focus on the importance of women’s participation in decision-making for conflict prevention, resolution, and recovery, especially in conflict-affected countries. So … Continue reading

Municipal Finances : A Handbook for Local Governments

Municipal Finances : A Handbook for Local Governments

The World Bank has published a book titled Municipal Finances: A Handbook for Local Governments, targeting local-level decision makers and addresses daily issues cities and municipalities face in managing finances. The handbook reviews lessons learned in municipal financial management and provides a guide for municipalities to conduct self-evaluations and to chart needed reforms. “This handbook aims to help … Continue reading

ALDA publishes book on citizens’ participation at the local level in Europe and neighbouring countries

ALDA publishes book on citizens’ participation at the local level in Europe and neighbouring countries

Re-posted from www.alda-europe.eu ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy – is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. It is made up of over 160 members comprising local authorities and civil society organisations in the enlarged Europe. Recently, new forms of interaction between citizens and … Continue reading