Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325

Published by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP),  Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325 is a 126-page booklet focusing on the GNWP’s efforts to localize the UNSCR 1325 and 1820 National Action Plans (NAPs). These two resolutions focus on the importance of women’s participation in decision-making for conflict prevention, resolution, and recovery, especially in conflict-affected countries. So…

Municipal Finances : A Handbook for Local Governments

The World Bank has published a book titled Municipal Finances: A Handbook for Local Governments, targeting local-level decision makers and addresses daily issues cities and municipalities face in managing finances. The handbook reviews lessons learned in municipal financial management and provides a guide for municipalities to conduct self-evaluations and to chart needed reforms. “This handbook aims to help…

ALDA publishes book on citizens’ participation at the local level in Europe and neighbouring countries

Re-posted from www.alda-europe.eu ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy – is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. It is made up of over 160 members comprising local authorities and civil society organisations in the enlarged Europe. Recently, new forms of interaction between citizens and…

The effects of social and institutional structures on decision-making and benefit distribution of community forestry in Nepal

Abstract: Participatory democracy has been an official part of community forestry (CF) in Nepal since 1989. This study investigates the potential for the poor and disadvantaged to hold positions of power in CF institutions, and whether better representation has a positive impact on equity. Author(s): Yadav, Bhagwan Dutta Source(s): , xiv, 196 p., ill., graphs,…

A comparative analysis of the system of intergovernmental relations in Botswana and South Africa : the dynamics of a two-tier system versus a three-tier system

Abstract: In both South Africa and Botswana, local government is the most disadvantaged sphere of government. Although designed for efficiency, effectiveness and cooperation, all configurations have problems of ambiguity in governmental authority, as well as counterproductive friction, duplication and waste. Author(s): Dipholo, Kenneth; Gumede, Nyawo Source(s): , Journal of African & Asian local government studies…

Role of Panchayati Raj institutions in grassroot planning : some issues and concerns

Abstract: This paper argues that planning under the Panchayati Raj institutions (PRI) was not much of a success because decentralization did not go far enough. PRI operations were severely restricted in local planning due to: (1) inexperience; (2) bureaucracy; (3) no financial powers; (4) state dominance. Author(s): Bhuiyan, Dasarathi Source(s): , Odisha review; [Vol. 69,…