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…

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…

Opposed legalities and collective action in a conflict context : the case of land rights in Darfur

Abstract: This article examines how the internal functioning and interaction of statutory, customary, and Islamic legal regimes regarding land, and their attendant forms of collective action, have become aligned with different with different sides of the war in Darfur. Author(s): Unruh, Jon Source(s): , 21 p. Published: 2012 World bank, Washington, DC (English ISBN/ISSN: /…

Burundi : land policy making in a conflict-prone country : summary paper

Abstract: The Burundian Government deals with the multiple problems and conflicts related to land management by encouraging alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and by better recognizing local practices and local land management systems. Author(s): Kohlhagen, Dominik Source(s): , [8] p. Published: 2012 World bank, Washington, DC (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://landandpoverty.com/agenda/pdfs/paper/kohlhagen_full_paper.pdf

Confrontation between peasant producers and investors in northern Zambézia, Mozambique, in the context of profit pressures on European investors

Abstract: Foreign agricultural investors are clashing with local peasants in Mozambique in a confrontation over agricultural and development models. One large company withdrew rather than take over land, but two other investors chose to push ahead, and have come into conflict with local peasant communities. Author(s): Norfolk, Simon; Hanlon, Joseph Source(s): , 14 p. Published:…