Focus Group Meetings Around the World

More civil society groups have stepped forward to schedule focus groups meetings to analyze participatory local democracy in their countries. More of those meetings have already been held, and we have received comments and reflections from organizations from Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sierra Leone. To read more about the latest focus group…

The Hague Academy for Local Governance

“Real development starts at the local level. Local authorities need skilled people to manage and deliver local services and to demonstrate leadership in community participation processes”. Based on that belief, The Hague Academy for Local Governance aims to develop the knowledge and skills of local government practitioners advising and cooperating with local authorities. They offer…

Analyzing the Evolution and Effectiveness of Participatory Institutions in Brazil

Since Brazil adopted a new constitution in 1988, a significant development of participatory institutions – such as participatory budgeting and a variety of policy councils – has been taking place to create opportunities for citizens to participate in policy making, implementation, and evolution. Are these participatory institutions actually making a difference? In the event “Social…

Impact of Decentralization: Resource List

In the report launch event in Washington DC last year, we received suggestions to examine the literature of those who are skeptical or opposed to decentralization and to compile the evidence base that shows the advantages of decentralization to improved service delivery, reduced corruption and economic growth. We have organized a reference list of documents…

New Constitution for Decentralization in Tanzania

This year is critical for decentralization in Tanzania. In January 2014, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania said, “Tanzania will have their constitution before the end of 2014, if all goes according to plan”. (Daily Monitor) The second draft of the Constitution was released to the public on the 30th of December 2013 by Tanzania’s Constitutional…

People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India

There is substantial evidence that basic public services and programs function inefficiently in India especially in the poorer states. The paper, “People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India” (N.C. Saxena, 2010) examines the obstacles in the functioning of Indian panchayats (a political system of local government created in 1993) and makes recommendations for more effective…