Local First In Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done

Local First is an initiative that promotes prioritizing the views and leadership of local people and organizations in the countries affected by specific issues over those of outsiders from the international community in international development cooperation. Local First announced the release of their new book  ‘Local First in Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done’, which…

V-Dem: Varieties of Democracy

V-Dem, short for Varieties of Democracy, is an exciting project that brings a new  dimension to the discourse of democracy . V-Dem describes their project as a new approach to conceptualizing and  measuring  democracy. It is a collaboration between more than 50 scholars worldwide and co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg,…

Citizen-Led Democracy in Mongolia: Takeaways and Implications for the Post-2015 Agenda

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has created unique assessment tools to look at country-specific democracy. The State of Democracy (SoD) and State of Local Democracy (SoLD) are assessment frameworks intended for international use. International IDEA’s recently released report on Mongolia’s successful utilization of the SoD assessment framework reveals how countries can use SoD to…

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…

Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has been named the winner of the 2014 Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award for its achievements of encouraging and facilitating the forum for governments worldwide to commit to greater transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. The Commitment to Development “Ideas to Action” Award, bestowed annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization…

Tackling Poverty Through Decentralization and Local Governance

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”; this timeless saying embodies the sustainable poverty alleviation approaches few development organizations are currently implementing. The conventional, aid focused, top-down poverty alleviation strategy has not been able to deliver its promise.…