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…

People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India

There is substantial evidence that basic public services and programs function inefficiently in India especially in the poorer states. The paper, “People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India” (N.C. Saxena, 2010) examines the obstacles in the functioning of Indian panchayats (a political system of local government created in 1993) and makes recommendations for more effective…

UNDP: Self-assessing Sustainable Local Development

“Self-assessing Sustainable Local Development: A Tool for Eastern Europe and Central Asia” is a guide to introduce the Self-Assessment Tool for Sustainable Local Development (SAT4SLD). The tool helps local actors assess their current status and make strategic plans for a more sustainable future by simultaneously addressing governance, socio-economic, and environmental issues. Four universal sustainable development…

Right to Participation in Local Democratic Governance

The formulation of a “Global Charter on Right to Participation in Local Democratic Governance” was initiated by the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation in Local Governance (Logo Link) to deepen citizen participation in local democracy by scaling-up, mainstreaming and institutionalizing citizen participation in all spheres of democratic governance. Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) organized consultations…

State of Local Democracy Assessment Framework (IDEA)

The State of Local Democracy assessment framework (SoLD) is developed by International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) to support citizen-led and locally owned democracy assessments at the local level. The guide “State of Local Democracy Assessment Framework” provides an updated version of SoLD which was first developed in 2002 and puts a…

African Women’s Decade: 2013 Annual Review

The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) was launched in Nairobi, Kenya by the African Union (AU) to re-invigorate commitments for accelerated implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Make Every Woman Count (MEWC), an organization dedicated to promoting the rights and empowerment of African women and girls, publishes an annual report throughout the 10-year duration of…

Good Governance Begins with the Individual

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German political foundation, thinks decentralization alone does not lead to more democracy, but it can promote the democratization process. In the report “Good Governance Begins with the Individual” (2012), KAS impressively demonstrates examples of individual projects which have been very successful in different countries. KAS mentioned that, in spite of…