THP-Uganda Chosen to Speak at UN General Assembly Hearing

In preparation for the zero draft outcome, the UN General Assembly held informal hearings on May 26 & 27 for various stakeholders, including civil society representatives from the Global South, Member States and various UN Agencies, to make proposals and provide input in preparation for the UN Summit to Adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Out of over…

Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has been named the winner of the 2014 Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award for its achievements of encouraging and facilitating the forum for governments worldwide to commit to greater transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. The Commitment to Development “Ideas to Action” Award, bestowed annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization…

The Learning Agenda on Local Capacity Development

This year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a local systems framework that outlines the agency’s vision to promote development that is “locally owned, locally led and locally sustained.” Through this new approach, USAID seeks to engage in more local partnerships to help local communities be the engines of their own growth. In…

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,…

Resilience: Entry point for transformation

Reprinted from actlocalfirst.org Written by John Coonrod on May 22, 2014 What does Local First have to do with the issue of resilience? As it turns out – plenty. Resilience is not only a critical lens for examining both humanitarian assistance and development, but it presents a real opportunity to awaken a broad range of policy…

Quick Poll Results

Here are the results from past polls (Dec 2013 – Feb 2014) #1 Holiday Poll (Dec 2013) All these key elements are important – and the members of our Global Community of Practice feel that greater citizen engagement is far and away the most important. #2                                                                #3   We were surprised to see what a…

Local Governance Central to UN HLP’s Post-2015 Agenda

“We need governments that tackle the causes of poverty, empower people, are transparent, and permit scrutiny of their affairs.” On May 30, 2013, the United Nation’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released their report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development,” designed to guide the formulation…

Planning: Preparing for the Worst and Creating the Best

Local government planning serves as an integral part of ensuring effective government service delivery. In some countries, the inability to adequately plan on the local level has lead to an inability of local governments to carry out beneficial community projects. Whether providing water, electricity, schooling, health care, or more long-term issues of adaptation and disaster preparedness,…

Administration Component

The administration of local governments and the ability to operate independently are widely agreed upon as important in order to achieve both the MDGs and local priorities. Unfortunately, administration capabilities are  one of the most difficult aspects of government to measure. By focusing on specific countries, regions, or local communities, it is possible to gain a more…