Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy

The Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) takes a rights-based approach to poverty alleviation–the organization’s mission is to “promote local democracy in developing countries in accordance with Sweden’s global development policies.” The ICLD aims to empower people to influence their own lives and development by strengthening local institutions, and promoting decentralization and citizens’ influence. The…

Subnational debt, insolvency, and market development

Abstract: Decentralization in many countries has given sub-national governments certain spending responsibilities and the capacity to incur debt. This note suggests broad lessons extracted from several country experiences with subnational debt restructuring, insolvency frameworks, and debt market development. Author(s): Canuto, Otaviano; Liu, Lili Source(s): , Economic premise; 112 7:00 PM Economic premise 112 Published: 2013…

Providing public goods : local responses to policy incoherence and state failure in Niger

Abstract: In Niger, as in most African countries, the implementation of public policies poses enormous challenges. Local initiatives to plug the gaps are usually informal. Engaging with local informal initiatives and helping them to become institutionalized would be a better strategy than ignoring them. Author(s): Olivier De Sardan, Jean-Pierre Source(s): , Policy brief / Africa…

Centre for policy studies

Abstract: Originally established in the Business School of the University of the Witwatersrand in 1987, CPS’ current focus of research is on policy, governance and democratisation, not only in South Africa, but in continental Africa at large. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2012 Centre for policy studies (CPS), [Johannesburg] (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.cps.org.za/

Democracy, participatory politics and development : some comparative lessons from Brazil, India and South Africa

Abstract: This essay reviews findings from ambitious reform projects in participatory governance in Brazil, India (Kerala) and South Africa and draws out some comparative lessons. For inclusive democratic development in the global south attention must be paid to effective citizenship. Author(s): Heller, Patrick Source(s): , Polity; Vol. 44, No. 4 p. 643-665 Polity Vol. 44,…