Enhancing local governance through local initiatives : residents’ associations in Zimbabwe : review

Abstract: The establishment of resident associations as a way for residents to contribute to good and transparent governance within their local authorities is discussed, especially in relation to budgetary processes and recent poverty issues in Zimbabwe. Author(s): Mapuva, Jephias Source(s): , African journal of history and culture (AJHC); Vol. 3, No. 1 p. 1-12, ill.,…

Community organisers toolbox : local government

Abstract: This section of the toolbox will help you to understand how local government works in South Africa. It contains sections on development, finance, services and so on. Local municipalities must encourage public participation and every guide will give you some tips on how to interact with your council. Author(s): ETU Source(s): , Published: 2011…

Bootstrapping democracy : transforming local governance and civil society in Brazil

Abstract: [Partial preview] Looking closely at eight cities in Brazil, this book investigates participatory budgeting to ask whether its reforms truly make a difference in deepening democracy and empowering civil society. Author(s): Baiocchi, Gianpaolo; Heller, Patrick; Silva, Marcelo Kunrath Source(s): , xvi, 204 p., ill., tabs, 23 cm Published: 2011 Stanford university press, Stanford, CA…

Endogenous institution in decentralization : on the definition and domain of peace economics, papers in honor of Walter Isard

Abstract: The author develops a model, in which the positive or negative welfare outcome of decentralization is the result of the interplay among a set of variables including local capture, participation, initial conditions, budget size, and quality of local leader. Author(s): Azis, Iwan J. Source(s): , Peace economics, peace science and public policy; Vol. 16,…

The impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives : a review of the evidence to date : synthesis report

Abstract: This report distils findings from reviews of transparency and accountability initiatives in the areas of public service delivery, budget processes, freedom of information, natural resource governance and aid transparency. Author(s): McGee, Rosemary; Gaventa, John; Barrett, Greg Source(s): , 53 p., ill., tabs Published: 2010 University of Sussex]. Institute of development studies (IDS), [Brighton (English…

Local level gender responsive budgeting (GRB) : resources

Abstract: Gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) is government planning, programming and budgeting that contributes to the advancement of gender equality and the fulfillment of women’s rights. The website is an initiative of UN Women. Author(s): UNIFEM Source(s): , Published: 2010 United nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women), [New York, NY] (English…

Local government councils performance and quality of service delivery in Uganda : Luwero district council score-card 2008/09

Abstract: Luwero District Council in Uganda was the first to be assessed using the new score-card methodology. District performance and the quality of public services was assessed and recommendations for improvement were provided. Capacity building, budgeting, and development planning need more attention. Author(s): Muyomba-Tamale, Lillian Source(s): , ACODE policy research paper series; 38 iv, 58…

Water budget monitoring education tool

Abstract: For accountability by local government and optimum service delivery, it is essential to understand the budget processes of municipalities and how these affect service delivery. While this education tool (five modules) focuses on water, the same principles apply to electricity and sanitation. Author(s): Berkowitz, Paul; Dugard, Jackie; Smith, Laila; Tissington, Kate Source(s): , 88…

Kerala people’s campaign for decentralized planning

Abstract: Kerala’s People’s Participation aims to enhance civil participation in planning and budgeting. All 1214 local governments in Kerala were given powers of decision making, and were granted discretionary budgeting authority over 35–40% of the state’s developmental expenditures. Author(s): Bandyopadhyay, David Source(s): , 1 file Published: 2010 Participedia, [S.l.] (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://participedia.net/cases/kerala-people-s-campaign-decentralized-planning