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…

The Citizenry Component

Any external analysis of the relationship between citizens and their government is constrained by access to information about rules and policies of the participatory process and nuances in power and decision-making. Our community scorecard attempts to reveal the effects of these factors and other less tangible challenges by reflecting the perceptions of locals, whether or…

Urban Institute: Post-2015 MDGs

Video streaming by Ustream The talk titled: “The Post-2015 Global Development Agenda: Addressing Inequalities and Fostering Inclusive Growth” occurred at the Urban Institute on April 8, 2013. It focused on the current state of the Post-2015 global development agenda, and the importance of equity and inclusiveness in the formulation of new development targets. This small clip focuses…

The Political Component of Participatory Democracy

We’re holding consultations around the world to create a scorecard to evaluate the State of Participatory Democracy. Over the next month we’ll outline each of the components of the scorecard— why it is important in a participatory democracy, why we are including it in the scorecard, and some of the feedback we’ve heard around the…

Research & Development Methodology for the State of Participatory Democracy Index

Laying the Foundation The first step in creating the Participatory Local Democracy project is to develop a Community of Practice (CoP) among practitioners from civil society, academia and government who focus on local democracy and participatory governance issues around the world. The team of The Hunger Project (THP) staff and George Washington University (GWU) Graduate…