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…

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,…

Role of citizen community boards in promoting participatory development in Muzaffargarh district, Pakistan

Abstract: The performance of Citizen Community Boards (CCBs) in Pakistan is examined, using the case of Muzaffargarh District. The link between community participation in projects and the level of satisfaction is highlighted. Impediments to the proper functioning of CCBs in development are identified. Author(s): Khan, Sara; Anjum, Ghulam Abbas Source(s): , Pakistan journal of engineering…

Local government autonomy and its effectiveness in Nigeria

Abstract: In Nigeria, federal and state governments maintained great level of influence and control over local authorities. As a result of this the LG effectiveness and performances were largely hindered. The paper lays down some suggestions for reform strategies as a corrective measure. Author(s): Ahmad, Abdullahi Ayoade Source(s): , Journal of African & Asian local…

Local government legislation in the Commonwealth Pacific

Abstract: [Partial preview] Legislation across a range of Pacific countries is examined. Principles for effective legislation include: democracy & representation; empowerment; probity; oversight & support; capacity & sustainability; efficiency, effectiveness & equity; and, inter-government co-operation. Author(s): Sansom, Graham Source(s): , Commonwealth secretariat local government reform series; 4 100 p, ill Commonwealth secretariat local government reform…

Socio-economic status and participatory development in Kenya

Abstract: Constituency Development Funds (CDFs) dedicate public money to benefit “grassroots” subdivisions through decisions influenced by their representatives in parliament. This paper analyses the influence of socio-economic factors on household participation in CDF poverty alleviation projects in Kenya. Author(s): Kinyanjui, Kariuki David; Josephine, Misaro Source(s): , International journal of humanities and sociel science; Vol. 3,…

Role of local governments in building democracy : a study of Akkaraipattu municipal council of Sri Lanka

Abstract: Akkaraipattu Municipal Council of Sri Lanka is special in that Akkaraipattu is majority muslim area. The local political situation is such that normal democratic principles are no longer adhered to. Author(s): Aliff, Seeni Mohamed Source(s): , Journal of African & Asian local government studies (JAALGS); Vol. 2, No. 1] p. 32-47, ill., maps Journal…