Mexico – Focus Group Meeting

Mexico, July 11, 17 participants, Organizer: The Hunger Project – Mexico As part of the implementation of the Participatory Local Democracy Project, on 11 July 2014, The Hunger Project Mexico and the Mexican Center of Philanthropy held the focus group discussion to collectively answer the survey on local democracy. 17 people participated in the meeting,…

Chile – Focus Group Meeting

Chile, June 27, 10 participants, Organizer: Acción por la Tierra (Earth Action) Given the ongoing national discussion on decentralization and local governance in Chile, the meeting allowed different stakeholders to gather at the focus group discussion and measure the state of knowledge on this issue. Local government in Chile is considered a disregarded space with lack of…

Localizing the Millennium Development Goals

This piece was included in the 2013 State of Participatory Democracy Report. By Steven J. Klees, University of Maryland August, 2013 There was talk of “localizing” the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from the beginning of their development, yet this did not receive much attention until the mid-2000s. In 2005, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP,…

Costa Rica – Focus Group Meeting

Costa Rica, June 19, 7 participants, Organizer: Fundación Ambio* *This was the second focus group meeting held in Costa Rica In Costa Rica, laws on equality and accessibility exist, however, they are not necessarily respected. Marginalized groups do not have many opportunities. Work needs to be done on the inclusion of women, indigenous populations, peasants, and other underrepresented…

‘All development is local’

Reprinted from Devex Written by Gregory Adams on June 16, 2014 Existential angst is a common job hazard in our field of work. Few of us from donor countries join the fight against poverty for the pay or the lifestyle. For most of us, the reward is the work. And yet we agonize over the…

Malawi – Focus Group Meeting

Malawi, June 13, 8 participants, Organizer: The Hunger Project Malawi  Malawi conducted its Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on 13th June 2014 at Capital Hotel in Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe. Eight participants attended the FGD and completed the online questionnaire. At the request of The Hunger Project Malawi, Augustine Magolowondo PhD, one of Malawi’s respected local democracy…

Equator Prize Awarded to Local Sustainable Development Solutions

The Equator Initiative works with the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance local sustainable development solutions. The Initiative shares good practices, promotes policies that encourage local and indigenous community action, and develops the capacity of such local actions to scale up their impact. The Equator Prize is part of the Equator Initiative and recognizes successful local…

Cambodia – Focus Group Meeting

Cambodia, June 4, 7 participants, Organizer: Cambodian Civil Society Partnership (CCSP)  Participants in the meeting expressed their impressions of having the opportunity to learn more about what has been happening in their society. The meeting was a chance to reflect on the law compared to what the real practices are. This activity is a way to remind people at…

Paraguay – Focus Group Meeting

Paraguay, May 29, 6 participants, Organizer: Semillas para la Democracia (Seeds for Democracy) The focus group was very productive because all participants have experience and knowledge in the subjects addressed in the survey. As an example, Romy Fischer, who is a lawyer, gave a lot of important information about Paraguay’s local governance legislation. Also, Marta Ferrara,…