Expert advocacy for the marginalised : how and why democratic mediation matters to deepening democracy in the global South

Abstract: Different kinds of democratic mediation are reviewed: mediation as professional advocacy; mediation as representational entrepreneurship; and, mediation as citizenship development. In the last case, the empowerment of communities typically has a mostly positive impact on local governance. Author(s): Piper, Laurence; Von Lieres, Bettina Source(s): , IDS working paper; 364 41 p., ill., tab, 30…

Local government discretion and accountability : application of a local governance framework

Abstract: The World Bank local governance framework of 2008 is applied to ten countries and two sectors. The countries are Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, India (Kerala), Philippines, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Pakistan (Punjab). The sectors are health and education. Author(s): Yilmaz, Serdar Source(s): , Report / World bank; 49059-GLB viii, 91 p., ill., tabs Report…

Decentralizing government and centralizing gender in southern Africa : lessons from the South African experience

Abstract: This paper argues that: (1) effective involvement of women in local governance is predicated both on the approach adopted by political parties and on how women are organized at the local level; and (2) neo-liberal policies may serve to undermine the potential for gender-sensitive service delivery. Author(s): Beall, Jo Source(s): , Occasional paper /…