Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia

On December 17, 1998, Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia (KPI) was founded by 75 women activists from different regions who advocated women’s rights in Indonesia. KPI is an organization of women who fight for justice and democracy and hold the values of equality, freedom, democracy, and independence. The aim of the organization is to bring about gender…

Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE)

In the summer of 2009, the eThekwini Municipality in Durban, South Africa initiated The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), the first-ever local government-driven, practitioner-based Institute of Learning. The knowledge management initiative is to help position Durban as a learning city and enhance the capacity of officials within the municipality, other municipalities in South Africa and…

Young Citizens in Actions

The Paniamor Foundation works to educate the people of Costa Rica about the rights of minors. Through a process of social mobilization, Paniamor strengthens the participation of youth to enable them to better contribute to national development. The foundation initiates various projects around the common themes of social development, political impact and the prevention of…

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…