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),…

Efficiency of local service provision in Zambia’s health, education and road sectors : implications for decentralisation and the effectiveness of budget support

Abstract: This study examines the scope for improving the operational efficiency of public financial management (PFM) in sub-Saharan African countries, using the case of local service provision in Zambia’s health, education, and road sectors. Author(s): Leiderer, Stefan Source(s): , Studies / German development institute; 71 304 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Studies / German development…

Decentralization, local development and women’s empowerment : innovating knowledge and practice

Abstract: Decentralization and local development have opened spaces that women are occupying increasingly. In this process, women are empowered socially, economically and politically and contribute to transform these new spaces in vital ways. Author(s): Swartz, Sara Source(s): , Universitas forum : journal on human development and international cooperation; Vol. 3, No. 1 1 file, ill…

Sharpening our understanding of decentralisation : summary of the ‘Grand panel’ discussion

Abstract: In July 2012, an advanced seminar on decentralization was held in Brussels to address the following questions: (1) why should donor agencies care more about decentralization? (2) how can decentralisation be “instrumental” to development? and (3) how to provide smart support to decentralization? Author(s): Source(s): , 1 blog file Published: 2012 Capacity4dev.eu, Brussels (English…

Public sector governance reform

Abstract: Oxford Policy Management Ltd (OPM) is an independent UK consulting company who have been contracted to conduct an evaluation of support to Public Sector Governance Reform (PSGR) in developing countries over the last ten years (2001-2010), with the specific objective of improving future support. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2012 Oxford policy management, Oxford (English…

Localising aid : can using local actors strengthen them?

Abstract: This paper analyses whether a Paris-style transfer of aid to and through local government systems is working, and whether an analogous approach might also be appropriate for non-state actors from the private sector and civil society. Author(s): Glennie, Jonathan; Ali, Ahmed Source(s): , Working paper / Overseas development institute; 352 xiii, 41 p., ill.,…

Choice, recognition and the democracy effects of decentralization

Abstract: Often large development agencies choose to work with a wide range of other local interlocutors, including deconcentrated agents, private bodies, customary authorities, and NGOs. As a result, fledgling local governments are receiving few public powers and face competition for legitimacy. Author(s): Ribot, Jesse C. Source(s): , Working paper / Swedish International centre for local…

Afghanistan : food security and land governance factsheet

Abstract: This factsheet contains information on the regulatory land governance framework in Afghanistan, including land tenure forms, the institutional land governance framework, gender, foreign direct investment, land grabbing, national policy, and donor support. Author(s): Heegde, Martijn De; Hilhorst, Dorothea H.M.; Porchet, Nicholas Source(s): , 8 p., ill., tabs Published: 2011 Land governance for equitable and…