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…

Focus Group Meetings Around the World

More civil society groups have stepped forward to schedule focus groups meetings to analyze participatory local democracy in their countries. More of those meetings have already been held, and we have received comments and reflections from organizations from Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sierra Leone. To read more about the latest focus group…

Launching the 2014 Survey

We have launched our 2014 Participatory Local Democracy (PLD) Survey within the initiative to strengthen civil society’s engagement with local governance. Around the world, civil society groups are organizing discussions with government and other sectors to assess PLD in their country. Responses will be analyzed and released in our second report, “The 2014 State of…

Report Launch at World Bank

Experts from the World Bank met on January 28, 2014 for the Launch of the 2013 State of Participatory Democracy Report. The event was held in a conference room of the World Bank in Washington, DC. Our Executive Vice President, John Coonrod led the meeting, and we were delighted to receive excellent comments and recommendations…

Introducing the RDLG Bibliographic Database

We are pleased to announce that the Rural Decentralization and Local Government (RDLG) Database, with its 1600 bibliographic entries – is now part of this website. The Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands has, for many years, supported its development and operation within its KIT Information and Library Services. When the services closed in August 2013 due…