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…

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…

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…

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…

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…