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…

Decentralization against parties? : the effects of decentralization on political parties in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru

Abstract: The alleged negative effect of decentralization reforms on national political parties was studied in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. The effect was found to go both ways. Deeper causes, and not just institutions, are most relevant to the emergence or decline of political parties. Authors: Dargent, Eduardo (University of Texas at Austin) & Vegara, Alberto…

Participation for what : social change or social control?

Abstract: In this collection of papers, the very concept of participation in development processes is questioned, using cases from Latin America, Kenya, and Nepal. The authors question donor-stimulated forms of participation as self-evidently positive, both theoretically and empirically. Author(s): Gómez, Georgina M.; Berner, Erhard Source(s): , 262 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs, 22 cm Published:…

Water supply reforms and child mortality in Colombia 1990-2004

Abstract: A study of privatization of water and sewerage services in Columbia found that larger local governments that reformed service provision exhibited slower reduction of child mortality rate from infectious and transmissible diseases than municipalities that maintained them as public services. Author(s): Granados, Claudia; Sánchez, Fabio Source(s): , [33] p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2009…

Of global concern : rural livelihood dynamics and natural resource governance

Abstract: This book wants to create a better understanding of the global challenges faced by rural livelihoods that are intimately dependent on land and natural resources. This includes institutions, processes and developments at local, rural levels, among households, groups and communities. Author(s): Havnevik, Kjell; Negash, Tekeste; Beyene, Atakilte Source(s): , Sida studies; 16 263 p.,…

Assessing the merits of decentralization as a conflict mitigation strategy

Abstract: Case studies from Colombia, Ghana, the Philippines, and Uganda illustrate the complex effects of decentralization on conflict stabilization. Decentralization supportive of higher local government expenditures, employment, and elected leaders have been less likely to succumb to ethnic conflict. Author(s): Siegle, Joseph; O’Mahony, Patrick Source(s): , 72 p., ill., tabs Published: 2006 Pennsylvania state university.…