Resilience: Entry point for transformation

Reprinted from actlocalfirst.org Written by John Coonrod on May 22, 2014 What does Local First have to do with the issue of resilience? As it turns out – plenty. Resilience is not only a critical lens for examining both humanitarian assistance and development, but it presents a real opportunity to awaken a broad range of policy…

Role of Panchayati Raj institutions in grassroot planning : some issues and concerns

Abstract: This paper argues that planning under the Panchayati Raj institutions (PRI) was not much of a success because decentralization did not go far enough. PRI operations were severely restricted in local planning due to: (1) inexperience; (2) bureaucracy; (3) no financial powers; (4) state dominance. Author(s): Bhuiyan, Dasarathi Source(s): , Odisha review; [Vol. 69,…

Socio-economic status and participatory development in Kenya

Abstract: Constituency Development Funds (CDFs) dedicate public money to benefit “grassroots” subdivisions through decisions influenced by their representatives in parliament. This paper analyses the influence of socio-economic factors on household participation in CDF poverty alleviation projects in Kenya. Author(s): Kinyanjui, Kariuki David; Josephine, Misaro Source(s): , International journal of humanities and sociel science; Vol. 3,…

A systems approach to community engaged solid waste management in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Guatemala

Abstract: The systemic aspects of solid waste management (SWM) challenges in Todos Santos, Guatemala, were investigated using a participatory systems approach. Leverage points were identified and targeted in 4 future scenarios that will be implemented step by step, following a community-defined vision for SWM Author(s): Marshall, Rachael Source(s): , xvii, 237 p., ill., graphs, tabs…

Strengthening local councils in Uganda

Abstract: Uganda’s ambitious decentralization programme did not prepare district officials and local council members to deliver. The Strengthening Democratic Linkages in Uganda Activity worked with councilors in 10 districts by simplifying processes for planning and budgeting and clarifying procedures. Author(s): Mulema, Eva; Wetterberg, Anna Source(s): , International development group working paper series; 2013-01 iv, 23…

Strengthening citizen demand for good governance : making it happen through Liu Lathu pilot projects in Malawi

Abstract: This paper draws lessons from case studies of governance and transparency projects which are being implemented by various civil society and media organizations aimed at strengthening citizen demand and accountability in Malawi. Capacity building and theory of change approaches are reviewed. Author(s): Chiweza, Asiyati Lorraine; Tembo, Fletcher Source(s): , Mwananchi working paper; 2 43…

Transnational research : decentralization in west and central Africa : learning from local and intersector lessons : education, water, health : summary report of case studies

Abstract: A study was conducted in West and Central Africa to study the impact of decentralization on the transfer of powers and resources and on the management of basic services, in particular water, education and health. The grassroots management committees are deemed functional on the whole. PDF file link Author(s): Malam Moussa, Laouli; Ilboudo, Ernest…