The political economy of decentralization in sub-Saharan Africa : a new implementation model in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal

Abstract: This study examines the overall design of local government financing systems in sub-Saharan Africa. An analytical guide to decentralization is proposed, its purpose being to produce a comparative table for cross-country analysis. The approach is clearly contextualized to each country. Author(s): Dafflon, Bernard; Madiès, Thierry Source(s): , Africa development forum series xxvii, 310 p.,…

Respecting rights, delivering development : forest tenure reform since Rio 1992

Abstract: Research shows that where the rights of Indigenous Peoples and communities are recognized, their territories and community-managed forests outperform public protected areas in preventing deforestation and ensuring conservation. Most of the progress occurred in Latin America. Author(s): Source(s): , 15 p., ill., graphs, map Published: 2012 Rights and resources initiative (RRI), Washington, DC (English…

Citizen voice and state accountability : towards theories of change that embrace contextual dynamics

Abstract: The question of ‘what works under what circumstances’ informs this study of citizen voice and accountability in different governance contexts in Africa. One key factor is finding the right incentives to mobilize citizens’ voice while also generating incentives for government institutions. Author(s): Tembo, Fletcher Source(s): , Working paper / Overseas development institute; 343 vi,…

Managing Africa’s Natural Resources towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Concept Note

Abstract: The seminar “Managing Africa’s Natural Resources Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” (Rome, 28 Sep. 2012) serves to promote a dialogue on the roles and responsibilities of both European and African parliamentarians in the management of natural resources, incl. land. Contents: Millennium Development Goals: How Africa is Fairing Africa’s Natural Resources: Opportunity or…

African local governments and the MDGs : constraints and policy alternatives

Abstract: This paper examines the baseline conditions for successful implementation of MDGs by local authorities in Africa and appraises the need for capacity strengthening of African local authorities to spearhead development. Author(s): Chirisa, Innocent Source(s): , Global advanced research journal of peace, gender and development studies; Vol. 1, No. 1 11 p., ill., graphs, tabs…

The democratic impact of ICT in Africa

Abstract: This paper develops the so-called “African model of ICT practice”, which proposes a set of hypotheses that aim to enable the effective usage and integration of ICT within the democratic process in the context of an African self-defined political reality. Author(s): Dobra, Alexandra Source(s): Africa Spectrum; 47(2012)1, p. 73-88, ill Africa Spectrum 47(2012)1 Published:…

Vertical and horizontal decentralization and ethnic diversity in sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract: Two types of decentralization are examined in the context of the sub-Saharan reality. In vertical decentralization, the central government is the principal, the local government is the agent. In horizontal decentralization, the community is the principal, the local government is the agent. Author(s): Ranis, Gustav Source(s): , Center discussion paper; 1017 17 p., ill.,…