European Union Commits to Increase Development Aid for Tajikistan

On October 20, 2014, the European Union and the Republic of Tajikistan took part in their fourth Cooperation Council meeting, during which the European Commission released its decision to significantly expand its development aid to this developing Central Asian country. The Commission’s aid to Tajikistan will increase by €251 million from 2014 to 2020 and will go towards…

Governance and Public Service Delivery

Asian Development Bank ‘s “Asian Development Outlook 2013 Update” published in October 2013 highlights the need of government reform to sustain development momentum in Asia and the Pacific. Strengthening governance is a key among reform priorities and the report identifies public service delivery as an entry point for the reform. The annual Asian Development Outlook,…

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. NED fosters the growth of a wide…

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for  International Private Enterprise (CIPE)  was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are intertwined so that progress and development comes through a combination of political and economic liberalization. CIPE holds that democratic consolidation is not achieved through simply holding elections, establishing a free press, and recognizing human rights (although…

Local Government and Good Governance: The Case of Samoa

Demonstrated as a recognized force for positive development, establishing and maintaining local government and good governance helps nations to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Local Government and Good Governance: The Case of Samoa,”  a 2010 report published by the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, argues that any attempt to build the capacity of Samoa’s local government should involve enhancing…

Society for Participatory Research in Asia: PRIA

Since its inception in 1982, the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) has been an international center for learning and promoting participation within democratic governance. With its mission to promote policies, institutions and capacities that strengthen inclusion and increase democratic participation and the socio-economic status of the marginalized, PRIA implements key initiatives that focus on…

Lessons of Asia’s decentralisation for Indonesia’s second decade of decentralisation

Abstract: This brief examines Asian decentralization form many angles: from historical accident to deliberate constitutional constructs, from mechanisms for managing diversity to ways of reducing poverty, and from giving voice to local communities to instruments for separatism and ethnic tension. Author(s): Source(s): , Decentralisation brief / Provincial governance strengthening programme; 1 15 p., ill., graph,…