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Localize Aid

Washington DC – March 25, 2015. Today marked the launch of an important new report by Oxfam America calling upon the US government to “adopt a locally driven approach” to fighting corruption. The 32-page report presents 9 specific recommendations towards this goal.  


Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

The rise of global  inequality and the concentration of wealth is undermining democracy and citizen participation. The rise of urban elites in developing countries in Africa and Asia is affecting and slowing down the process of decentralization. Institutional spaces are becoming inadequate to foster citizen participation in decision making for mobilization and utilization of public…

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Announcing the 2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report

The Hunger Project is proud to announce the release of the 2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report (SPDR). The 2014 report presents the most extensive comparative global study to date on one of the most important, yet most frequently ignored, issues in development – the effectiveness of local government.  Fortunately, as the world formulates its Sustainable…

Young people: The driving force for local democracy

September 15, 2014 marked the 7th International Day of Democracy. This years’ theme, Engaging Young People on Democracy, focuses on the challenges and opportunities young people face in engaging in democratic processes. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, called young people to contribute to building stronger democratic societies. He stated “I call on members of the largest generation of youth…

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Building Agricultural Resilience in Response to Climate Change: A panel discussion on advancing global food security

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held a panel on September 11, 2014 at IFPRI’s Washington, DC office. The panel targeted “the urgent need for strategies to build resilience for the world’s farmers to adapt to climate change.” The panel stipulated that “the food system is growing more fragile,…


Free UCLG Online Course: Decentralization and Local Governance

The UCLG Decentralization and Local Self-Government Committee, in collaboration with Goberna, School of Politics and Government Research Institute  Ortega y Gasset are offering the fifth online Course on Decentralization and Local Governance. This course will be held from September  25 through December 21, 2014.The learning experience will be rooted in useful technical knowledge to aid the development of theoretical tools and practices. Participants will strengthen…