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Lebanon – Focus Group Meeting

Lebanon, July 1, 7 participants, Organizer: Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace The meeting was a space for people from different backgrounds to share their experiences, ideas, and thoughts about local participatory democracy. It was an interesting discussion. The meeting highlighted the need for educating local people about their civic rights, accountability, and transparency, as…

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Sudan – Focus Group Meeting

Sudan, June 29, 5 participants, Organizer: Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA) On 29 June 2014, the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA) organized a Focus Group Discussion on Local Participatory Democracy. 5 people participated in the meeting including representatives from: the Nuba Women for Education and Development Association (NuWEDA), the Public Budget Monitoring Forum, the Al-Alag Media Centre, the…

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Côte d’Ivoire – Focus Group Meeting

Côte d’Ivoire, June 26, 16 participants, Organizer: La Convention de la Société Civile Ivoirienne (CSCI) As part of the implementation of the Participatory Local Democracy Project, the Convention of the Ivorian Civil Society (CSCI) conducted a focus group in Abidjan Cocody-City ADB. The focus group was conducted to complete the survey on the situation of participatory…

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The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation

The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP) was initiated through its first Global Assembly held in Tanzania at the end of 2011. BTAP believes that “transparent and inclusive budgets are a key piece to improve service delivery, poverty alleviation, the realization of human rights, social justice, and environmental sustainability.”  Currently, the independent…

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Ensuring Human Rights through Local Governments

What is the role of local governments in ensuring human rights? Are they of significance or is it the state’s responsibility to protect human rights ? In their statement provided for the UN Human Rights Council in May 2013, the Egypt Habitat International Coalition discusses this topic, and underlines the importance of local governments in…

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Ethiopia – Focus Group Meeting

Ethiopia, June 5 and 6, 15 participants, Organizer: Association for Forced Migrants (AFM) The deputy head of the wereda administration and the head of the economic development and finance wereda office were presents as knowledgeable persons for urban and rural governance in the wereda the lower administrative unit. Women, Youth, farmers and urban citizens representatives from…

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India – Focus Group Meeting

India, May 30, 10 participants, Organizer: Institute of Social Sciences The meeting was a great opportunity to bring together a group of committed scholars and activists to reflect upon some of the critical issues on local government, decentralization and grassroots democracy. The Focus Group Discussion proved to be  thought provoking. The participants were all experts in…