Commonwealth Local Government Forum

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) seeks to promote and strengthen effective democratic local governments in the Commonwealth and serves to facilitate the exchange of good practices in local government structures and services. CLGF is composed of central, provincial, and local government representatives involved in local government policy and decision-making including local government associations, individual…

The Good Governance Learning Network

The Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN) is a network of South African NGOs promoting participation, accountability, and good governance at the local level. GGLN provides “… an interface for civil society organisations working on issues of local governance and citizen participation to network and share information towards strengthening local democracy in South Africa.” GGLN hosts…

Review: Cultivating Communities of Practice

We are working to create a vibrant community of practice around participatory and decentralized local government. This community will be used by its members for a variety of reasons, including elevating local democracy in international development discussions, but what exactly is a community of practice and how is one best formed? Etienne Wenger, Richard A.…

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…

International Republican Institute (IRI)

For 30 years, the  IRI (International Republican Institute) has been helping to spread democracy through training sessions on political party and candidate development, democratic governance practices, civil society development, civic education, women and youth leadership development, electoral reform and election monitoring, and political expression in closed societies. From its earliest days, IRI has sought to build partnerships and…

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

For more than 20 years, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has conducted programs to activate and empower citizens and civic groups, has established strong civic cultures, and has achieved an appropriate balance of power between citizens and government. The NDI works throughout the world creating safe spaces for citizens to learn, train and engage on…

Time To Speak Up For Participatory Local Democracy in the Post-2015 Goals

As the discussion on Post-2015 UN development goals moves to the High-Level Panel in Bali this month, questions about effective governance are becoming increasingly important. After its most recent meeting in Monrovia, the High-Level Panel stated: “Economic growth alone is not sufficient to ensure social justice, equity and sustained prosperity for all people…The protection and empowerment of people is crucial. This will require…

Adapting to Climate Change: The Role of Local Government

In the past few weeks, two new reports from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Oxfam have been published that discuss local government’s influence on the resiliency of a community in the face of climate change issues. “The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptive Processes to Climate Variability” and “Voices from the Source: Struggles with Local Water Security in…

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…