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…

Local Leaders Transforming Chinese Provinces and Indian States

In an essay published by the Brookings Institution, William J. Antholis highlights the role of local leadership in China and India in transforming the economic development of the two countries. Antholis and his family traveled through China and India for five months, interviewing local and national political leaders and ordinary citizens, from corporate executives to slum dwellers, asking them…

Review: Fiscal decentralization and macroeconomic management

The paper (Fiscal decentralization and macroeconomic management) by Anwar Shah published  in 2006 aims to discuss a central question ¨whether or not fiscal decentralization implies serious risks for fiscal discipline and macroeconomic management for the nation as a whole.” The author claims that fiscal decentralization is more essential to improve macroeconomic regulation than a centralized fiscal…

LogoLink: Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance

LogoLink, the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance, is a global network of practitioners from civil society organizations, research institutions and governments created to stimulate and support civil society organizations and networks that engage in citizen participation and social control of public policies at the local level. In the 1990’s, regional and international…

Improving the implementation of health workforce policies through governance : a review of case studies

Abstract: A study of 4 governance dimensions (including performance, which has an important decentralization component) on human resources for health (HRH) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Governance to improve HRH must be viewed as inseparable from the wider health system and state governance. Author(s): Dieleman, Maria Areke; Shaw, Daniel M.P.; Zwanikken, Prisca Source(s): ,…

Annual World bank conference on land and poverty : conference agenda

Abstract: The theme of the 2011 conference was “Countries strengthen land governance”. In a period of land grabbing, better land governance can encourage investment, steer urban growth and improve social welfare. It also helps countries overcome a legacy of inequality, dispossession and conflict. Author(s): World Bank Source(s): , Published: 2011 World bank, Washington, DC (English…

Building trust in government : innovations in governance reform in Asia

Abstract: Within the framework of democratic governance, decentralization and local autonomy are crucial in fostering more participatory governance and enhancing trust in government. Decentralization contributes to the empowerment of local communities and trust in government at all levels. Author(s): Cheema, G. Shabbir; Popovski, Vesselin Source(s): , Trends and innovations in governance series xv, 260 p.,…