Two-Year Review

As we start the pivotal year of 2015, we celebrate the completion of the pioneering investment by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in building our global community of practice. I invite all of us to reflect on these past two years – what has been achieved by this project – and how we can build…

IDEA Local Democracy Workshop

I’ve just returned from having been invited to speak at a workshop “Local democracy today and tomorrow – Learning from global knowledge and practices” that the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) held at its premises in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5-6 November 2014. The purpose of the trip was to share our approach to participatory local democracy…

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…

Investing Locally: Lessons Learned from Brazil’s Zero Hunger Strategy

Reprinted from actlocalfirst.org Written by Daniel Balaban on July 3, 2014 The number of projects, NGO’s and international organizations involved with aid is constantly increasing, but effectiveness is still a challenge. Receiving large amounts of foreign aid does not guarantee that the countries will improve their national institutions. Many of them rely almost completely on…

‘All development is local’

Reprinted from Devex Written by Gregory Adams on June 16, 2014 Existential angst is a common job hazard in our field of work. Few of us from donor countries join the fight against poverty for the pay or the lifestyle. For most of us, the reward is the work. And yet we agonize over the…

Equator Prize Awarded to Local Sustainable Development Solutions

The Equator Initiative works with the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance local sustainable development solutions. The Initiative shares good practices, promotes policies that encourage local and indigenous community action, and develops the capacity of such local actions to scale up their impact. The Equator Prize is part of the Equator Initiative and recognizes successful local…

New Focus Group Meetings from Azerbaijan to Mauritius to Tajikistan

More and more focus group meetings have taken place all over the world, giving a further push towards our Participatory Democracy Report 2014. Over the last days, civil society actors from Azerbaijan, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Liberia, Malaysia, Mauritius and Tajikistan came together to exchange views about the state of participatory local democracy in…