Decentralization in Ukraine: An antidote for conflict

Recently decentralization has been surfacing in European and U.S media as a solution for the current conflict in Ukraine. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, have openly endorsed decentralization as a means to curb the continuing destruction of human life and regain safety in the region. Could power sharing between the different regions and…

USIP – The U.S. Surge and Afghan Local Governance

The U.S. Surge and Afghan Local Governance, a special report recently issued by The United States Institute of Peace, examines the U.S. military and civilian surge into Afghanistan beginning in late 2009. Despite policymakers’ claims that the mission’s goals  – to stabilize Afghanistan through interconnected security, governance, and development initiatives –  were “modest,” the surge’s stated objectives amounted to…

Post-2015 global development agenda : making the case for decentralisation and local governance

Abstract: Decentralization and local governance (DLG) need to be integrated in the post-2015 framework as a ‘strategic enabler’. DLG play a role in providing basic services and addressing inequalities, food insecurity, urbanization, youth unemployment, climate change, conflict and insecurity. Author(s): Awortwi, Nicholas Source(s): , DeLoG working paper; 2 ix, 30 p., ill., graphs, tabs DeLoG…

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…

UCLG policy statement : local government and development cooperation

Abstract: Strong and effective local government are critical to ensuring democratic , prosperous and safe communities and in resolving developmental challenges at the local, national, regional and global level. Local governments and their associations must be strengthened to play their developmental role. Author(s): UCLG Source(s): , [3] p. Published: 2012 United cities and local governments…

UCLG peace prize : creating peace from the local level : proposal of the UCLG Committee on development cooperation and city diplomacy

Abstract: Local governments have an important role to play in situations of conflict. This Prize aims at creating a momentum for local governments that implement strategies for peace-building. It celebrates the excellent work done and contributes to a global statement and local peace building agenda. Author(s): UCLG Source(s): , [2] p. Published: 2012 United cities…

Global uncertainties : security in an Africa of networked, multi-level governance

Abstract: This research programme (2009-2012) of conflict management in Africa is built on the observation that all governance (esp. in Africa) is multi-levelled and networked – from the village to the international organisation, and well beyond what is specified in formal government structures. Author(s): IDS Source(s): , Published: 2012 Institute of development studies (IDS), Brighton…

R4D : research for development

Abstract: R4D is a free access on-line portal containing the latest information about research funded by DFID, including details of current and past research in over 30,000 project and document records. Themes include agriculture, education, health, governance and conflict, food security, and social change. Author(s): DFID Source(s): , Published: 2012 Department for international development (DFID),…

Democracy in action : decentralisation in post-conflict Cambodia

Abstract: Democratic decentralisation reform in post-conflict Cambodia has influenced democratization and reconstruction, including reinventing local democratic institutions, reconnecting the central and local government, building political legitimacy, changing political culture and leading to other reforms. Author(s): Kim, Sedara Source(s): , viii, 223 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2012 University of Gothenburg. School for global studies, Gothenburg…

Resettlement and gender dimensions of land rights in post-conflict northern Uganda

Abstract: The effect of displacement and resettlement of households on gender-differentiated access to land and land investments in northern Uganda is examined. Even low levels of land conflict undermine land governance and management, constrain productivity, and serve as a source of persistent violence. Author(s): Adelman, Sarah Source(s): , 25 p., ill., tabs preliminary and incomplete…