Tackling Poverty Through Decentralization and Local Governance

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”; this timeless saying embodies the sustainable poverty alleviation approaches few development organizations are currently implementing. The conventional, aid focused, top-down poverty alleviation strategy has not been able to deliver its promise.…

Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

The rise of global  inequality and the concentration of wealth is undermining democracy and citizen participation. The rise of urban elites in developing countries in Africa and Asia is affecting and slowing down the process of decentralization. Institutional spaces are becoming inadequate to foster citizen participation in decision making for mobilization and utilization of public…

ALDA publishes book on citizens’ participation at the local level in Europe and neighbouring countries

Re-posted from www.alda-europe.eu ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy – is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. It is made up of over 160 members comprising local authorities and civil society organisations in the enlarged Europe. Recently, new forms of interaction between citizens and…

Launching the 2014 Survey

We have launched our 2014 Participatory Local Democracy (PLD) Survey within the initiative to strengthen civil society’s engagement with local governance. Around the world, civil society groups are organizing discussions with government and other sectors to assess PLD in their country. Responses will be analyzed and released in our second report, “The 2014 State of…

Right to Participation in Local Democratic Governance

The formulation of a “Global Charter on Right to Participation in Local Democratic Governance” was initiated by the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation in Local Governance (Logo Link) to deepen citizen participation in local democracy by scaling-up, mainstreaming and institutionalizing citizen participation in all spheres of democratic governance. Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) organized consultations…

Participation and Its Discontents

Discussions of participation seem to go through waves of enchantment and disenchantment. The Political Sociology Section of American Sociological Association (ASA) started the blog “Participation and its Discontents” to generate discussion on the topic for a discussion at the 2014 ASA meeting in August 2014. The blog will focus on problematizing participation beyond euphoria and…

Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Service

Many social innovations such as Earth Day have origi­nated from ideas and suggestions offered by individuals outside the government, and community-based movements often spurs government agencies to act on such ideas. “Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Services: Lessons Learned and Best Practices” published by IBM Center for The Business of Government present an innovative…

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…