All Development is Local: implementing programs of empowerment to ensure sustainable development

Four organizations came together during the 2014 World Bank Annual Meetings to discuss the importance of local-level and women-centric programming to ensure sustainable development for all. The main argument defended that if there is not local democracy and development methodologies conducive to empowering citizens, human dignity is neither recognized nor preserved. Without human dignity, therein lies…

Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325

Published by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP),  Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325 is a 126-page booklet focusing on the GNWP’s efforts to localize the UNSCR 1325 and 1820 National Action Plans (NAPs). These two resolutions focus on the importance of women’s participation in decision-making for conflict prevention, resolution, and recovery, especially in conflict-affected countries. So…

Transforming Relations between Local Government and the Urban Poor in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation (ZHPF) was founded in 1998 and is one of 33 members in the Shack/slum Dwellers International (SDI) Network. Writing for the Human Settlements Group of The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Beth Chitekwe-Biti explains that the ZHPF partnership with the City of Harare has led to more inclusive,…

IIED Publishes Paper on Inclusive Cities and Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) works on sustainable development  worldwide. Writing for IIED’s Human Settlements Group, Celine d’Cruz, Sonia Fadrigo Cadornigara, and David Satterthwaite recently published a working paper called “Tools for Inclusive Cities: The Roles of Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring in Reducing Poverty.” The paper was prepared in response to a…

Participatory Budgeting in Cameroon

The Africa Research Institute recently published a paper entitled “The Booklovers, the Mayors, and the Citizens: Participatory Budgeting in Yaounde, Cameroon.” The paper examines how different actors came together to establish participatory budgeting in the capital even though there has been a weak level of democracy and an absence of tradition of public service in…

Internal displacement: Community based planning leads to sustainable development in Zimbabwe

Internal displacement often implies that people are left without a home, work and income, and the opportunity to an education. Since 2000, due to various government policies and actions, many Zimbabweans have been facing that situation. Although some progress was made by the government by acknowledging the problem of internal displacement, many displaced Zimbabweans are still…