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…

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…

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,…

BTC : Belgian development agency

Abstract: BTC advises and supports central and local authorities. Several aspects are dealt with: developing a coherent institutional framework, developing partner capacities, drawing up local development plans, organizing local tax systems, and providing investment budgets. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2012 Belgian development agency (BTC), Brussels (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.btcctb.org/en/theme/decentralisation

Planning in all its (dis)guises : spheres of government, functional areas and authority

Abstract: The constitutional framework of the powers and functions of local government in South Africa leaves room for uncertainty and confusion, caused by provisions that permit the support, monitoring, supervision and intervention by national and provincial government over provinces and local governments. Author(s): Van Wyk, Jeannie Van Source(s): , [Potchefstroom electronic law journal] (PER); Vol.…

Integrated development planning process and service delivery challenges for South Africa’s local municipalities

Abstract: This article shows that the service delivery challenges faced by municipalities in South Africa could be addressed if clear strategies are formulated to strengthen community participation Author(s): Madzivhandila, Thanyani S.; Asha, Aklilu A. Source(s): , [JPAD]; Vol. 47, no. 1.1 p. 369-378 [JPAD] Vol. 47, no. 1.1 Published: 2012 Sabinet], [Guateng etc. (English ISBN/ISSN:…

7th Annual meeting of the development partners working group on decentralisation and local governance – DeLoG, Berlin, May 30th – June 1st, 2012 : minutes

Abstract: The 7th annual meeting of the working group on Decentralisation and Local Governance was held in Berlin in 2012. The need to better position decentralisation and local governance as an important development policy field was emphasized. Author(s): GIZ Source(s): , 7 p. Published: 2012 Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), [Bonn] (English ISBN/ISSN: /…

African local governments and the MDGs : constraints and policy alternatives

Abstract: This paper examines the baseline conditions for successful implementation of MDGs by local authorities in Africa and appraises the need for capacity strengthening of African local authorities to spearhead development. Author(s): Chirisa, Innocent Source(s): , Global advanced research journal of peace, gender and development studies; Vol. 1, No. 1 11 p., ill., graphs, tabs…