Insecurity and local governance in Congo’s south Kivu

Abstract: This report explores the role of various local organizations and groups in conflict and post-conflict governance and networking in South Kivu have been affected by the civil war and the ways in which local communities cope with chaos and the absence of the state. Author(s): Mushi, Ferdinand Mugumo Source(s): , IDS research report; 74…

A village-up view of Sierra Leone’s civil war and reconstruction : multilayered and networked governance

Abstract: This report offers a ‘bottom-up’ review of the reconstruction of the state following a devastating civil war, using the case of Sierra Leone. In Africa, the individual state-citizen relationship is also mediated through pre-colonial rural governance systems that continue to play a crucial role. Author(s): Vincent, James B.M. Source(s): , IDS research report; 75…

The U.S. surge and Afghan local governance : lessons for transition

Abstract: The U.S. military and civilian surge into Afghanistan starting in late 2009 aimed to stabilize the country through interconnected security, governance, and development initiatives. It failed due to three fundamental assumptions with regard to local governance and government that were unrealistic. Author(s): Brown, Frances Z. Source(s): , Special report / United States institute of…

Is decentralization glue of solvent for national unity?

Abstract: The very mixed stories of linkages between decentralization and national unity that emerge in a wide variety of countries around the world are reviewed with special emphasis on the actual or potential problem of secessionist tendencies. Author(s): Bird, Richard; Vaillancourt, François; Roy-César, Édison Source(s): , International studies program : working paper; 10-03 41 p.,…

Democratization in Mali : putting history to work

Abstract: The reasons for success and weaknesses of democracy in Mali as seen both by national and foreign observers are described with special attention to the status of Islam and to the rebellious north. Author(s): Pringle, Robert Source(s): , Peaceworks; 58 77 p., ill., maps, tabs Peaceworks 58 Published: 2006 United States institute of peace…