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…

Decentralization and Governance

In January 2014, World Development dedicated a special issue to the subject of decentralization and its role in development. Jean-Paul Faguet, who has written about decentralization in Bolivia and Colombia, wrote the editorial article called “Decentralization and Governance.” One of the main benefits of decentralization, as argued by its proponents, is that it makes governments…

Transforming Relations between Local Government and the Urban Poor in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation (ZHPF) was founded in 1998 and is one of 33 members in the Shack/slum Dwellers International (SDI) Network. Writing for the Human Settlements Group of The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Beth Chitekwe-Biti explains that the ZHPF partnership with the City of Harare has led to more inclusive,…

IIED Publishes Paper on Inclusive Cities and Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) works on sustainable development  worldwide. Writing for IIED’s Human Settlements Group, Celine d’Cruz, Sonia Fadrigo Cadornigara, and David Satterthwaite recently published a working paper called “Tools for Inclusive Cities: The Roles of Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring in Reducing Poverty.” The paper was prepared in response to a…