The State of Participatory Local Democracy

From 2012-2014, the United Nations Democracy Fund supported The Hunger Project to build a community of practice on Participatory Local Democracy. This community was mobilized to comprise dozens of local pro-democracy civil society groups in more than 70 countries.

Following a series of regional meetings in Africa, Asia and Latin America in 2012, a small secretariat team in Washington DC developed a multidimensional Participatory Local Democracy Index and solicited input from all participating countries to issue State of Participatory Local Democracy Reports during the 2013 and 2014 UN General Assembly.

UNDEF does not “renew” grants – it intends to make a catalytic investment, and with this project they succeeded. It led directly to the launch of the Movement for Community-led Development alongside the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.

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  • Introducing the RDLG Bibliographic Database

    Introducing the RDLG Bibliographic Database

    We are pleased to announce that the Rural Decentralization and Local Government (RDLG) Database, with its 1600 bibliographic entries – is now part of this website. The Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands has, for many years, supported its development and operation within its KIT Information and Library Services. When the services closed in August 2013 due…

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  • Informe 2014

    Informe 2014

    2014: Pulse sobre la imagen para descargar el informe. Clic aquí para empezar a comprar en Amazon.El Informe del Estado de la Democracia Participativa 2014 (SPDR, por sus siglas en inglés) presenta el estudio comparativo global más extenso a la fecha sobre uno de los temas más importantes de desarrollo, aunque con frecuencia ignorado- la efectividad…

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  • IDEA Local Democracy Workshop

    IDEA Local Democracy Workshop

    I’ve just returned from having been invited to speak at a workshop “Local democracy today and tomorrow – Learning from global knowledge and practices” that the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) held at its premises in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5-6 November 2014. The purpose of the trip was to share our approach to participatory local democracy…

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  • 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…

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  • Announcing the 2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report

    The Hunger Project is proud to announce the release of the 2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report (SPDR). The 2014 report presents the most extensive comparative global study to date on one of the most important, yet most frequently ignored, issues in development – the effectiveness of local government.  Fortunately, as the world formulates its Sustainable…

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