Transforming Relations between Local Government and the Urban Poor in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation (ZHPF) was founded in 1998 and is one of 33 members in the Shack/slum Dwellers International (SDI) Network. Writing for the Human Settlements Group of The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Beth Chitekwe-Biti explains that the ZHPF partnership with the City of Harare has led to more inclusive,…

IIED Publishes Paper on Inclusive Cities and Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) works on sustainable development  worldwide. Writing for IIED’s Human Settlements Group, Celine d’Cruz, Sonia Fadrigo Cadornigara, and David Satterthwaite recently published a working paper called “Tools for Inclusive Cities: The Roles of Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring in Reducing Poverty.” The paper was prepared in response to a…

Participatory Budgeting in Cameroon

The Africa Research Institute recently published a paper entitled “The Booklovers, the Mayors, and the Citizens: Participatory Budgeting in Yaounde, Cameroon.” The paper examines how different actors came together to establish participatory budgeting in the capital even though there has been a weak level of democracy and an absence of tradition of public service in…

Ensuring Human Rights through Local Governments

What is the role of local governments in ensuring human rights? Are they of significance or is it the state’s responsibility to protect human rights ? In their statement provided for the UN Human Rights Council in May 2013, the Egypt Habitat International Coalition discusses this topic, and underlines the importance of local governments in…

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…