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.,…

When ‘civics’ go ‘governance’ : on the role and relevance of civic organisations in the policy arena in sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract: Brouwers questions the effectiveness of the lobby and advocacy work of civil society in Africa when it comes to advancing democracy and triggering development for the poor. It is time to revisit the theory of change of external engagement with civic actors in the global South. Author(s): Brouwers, Ria Source(s): , The power of…

Understanding land investment deals in Africa : FAQs on how land grabs contribute to hunger and conflict

Abstract: According to the Oakland Institute, land grabs – largely unregulated land deals involving foreign corporations – continue to be promoted as a development solution for African nations.These deals create additional food insecurity, fail to deliver jobs and biofuel, and impoverish nations. Author(s): Source(s): , [5] p. Published: 2011 Oakland institute], [Oakland, CA (English ISBN/ISSN:…

Decentralisation in Commonwealth Africa : experiences from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania

Abstract: Case studies of decentralization policies in sub-Saharan Africa are used to inform lessons learned and policy recommendations to guide decision-makers worldwide. It is clear from the analysis that there is no ‘one size fits all’ design of decentralization policy. Author(s): Kathyola, Janet; Job, Oluwatoyin Source(s): , xx, 291 p., ill., tabs, 24 cm Published:…

FAGLAF : Forum d’action pour la gouvernance locale en Afrique francophone

Abstract: The Local Government Action Forum for Francophone Africa (FAGLAF) was established to promote research in decentralization and local government issues and to foster capacity building through peer-to-peer learning, training programs, and knowledge dissemination. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2011 Forum d’action pour la gouvernance locale en Afrique francophone (FAGLAF), Dakar (French ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.faglaf.info/

ACP-LGP : the Africa Caribbean Pacific local government platform = Plateforme des collectivités locales des pays Afrique Caraïbes Pacifique

Abstract: The ACP Local Government Platform was created in 2001 to improve the quality of local governments’ participation in ACP-EC cooperation. The ACPLGP website is intended for Local Government associations throughout the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2011 ACP-LG platform, Brussels (English; French ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.acplgp.net/

Forest governance learning group

Abstract: The FGLG aims to improve governance of forest resources internationally and in 11 countries through: (1) forest rights and small forest enterprises; (2) legitimate forest products; (3) pro-poor climate mitigation forestry; and (4) trans-national learning for improved social justice in forestry. Author(s): IIED Source(s): , Published: 2011 International institute for environment and development (IIED),…