Analyzing the Evolution and Effectiveness of Participatory Institutions in Brazil

Since Brazil adopted a new constitution in 1988, a significant development of participatory institutions – such as participatory budgeting and a variety of policy councils – has been taking place to create opportunities for citizens to participate in policy making, implementation, and evolution. Are these participatory institutions actually making a difference? In the event “Social…

New Constitution for Decentralization in Tanzania

This year is critical for decentralization in Tanzania. In January 2014, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania said, “Tanzania will have their constitution before the end of 2014, if all goes according to plan”. (Daily Monitor) The second draft of the Constitution was released to the public on the 30th of December 2013 by Tanzania’s Constitutional…

World Bank – Open Budget Portal

The World Bank’s Open Budget Portal launched on December 2013 is a first-ever one-stop shop for accessing budget data worldwide.  While most initiatives on open budgets center on availability of key documents, the portal focused on the quality of data dissemination and its analytical use for decision-making processes. The portal represents a starting point to…

Free Online Course: Municipal Finances

The application for the free online course “Municipal Finances – A Learning Program for Local Government” (March 31 2014 – May 23 2014) is now available as part of the E-Institute organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI). The training will focus on the perspective of local governments and will provide how-to instruments to improve…

Family Planning – a Challenge to Decentralization

February 5, 2014 At today’s Family Planning 2020 stakeholder meeting, Prof. Fasli Jalal, head of the National Population and Family Planning Board, Indonesia, addressed his country’s strategy for addressing family planning in the context of a highly decentralized political system. Indonesia took the “big bang” approach to decentralization in 2000, devolving resources and decision-making authority…

Grant Opportunity: experiences on inclusive urban development

The “Innovative practices of inclusive urban development” project is a collaboration between the University of Winnipeg, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba, through the Manitoba Research Alliance, UN Habitat, the Huairou Commission and the KIP International School, with the support of the International Development Research Centre of Canada. The project is seeking to…