Lebanon’s Decentralization Draft Law Anchors Political Accountability at the Core of Development

In April of this year, the president of Lebanon launched a draft bill for administrative decentralization. The following article analyzes provisions in this new draft law. Reprinted from The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) June 2014 By Sami Atallah, LCPS Executive Director The new decentralization draft law may not solve all the country’s ills but, if…

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,…

Building a capable and developmental state

Abstract: Chapter 13 of the National Development Plan – 2030 emphasizes that South Africa needs to build a state that is capable of playing a developmental role. Improving relations between national, provincial and local government requires a proactive approach to resolving coordination problems. Author(s): South Africa Source(s): , p. 407-443 Published: 2012 South African government…

Local government and local development : bridging the gap through critical discourse : evidence from the Commonwealth Caribbean

Abstract: This paper discusses: (1) the institutional and organisational imperatives of a developmental role for local government; and (2) the extent to which these imperatives have been addressed in reform. Generally, local government must be linked more consistently with a local development strategy. Author(s): Schoburgh, Eris D. Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance (CJLG);…

UCLG policy statement : local government and development cooperation

Abstract: Strong and effective local government are critical to ensuring democratic , prosperous and safe communities and in resolving developmental challenges at the local, national, regional and global level. Local governments and their associations must be strengthened to play their developmental role. Author(s): UCLG Source(s): , [3] p. Published: 2012 United cities and local governments…

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…

Grassroots bureaucracy : intergovernmental relations and popular mobilization around AIDS policy in Brazil

Abstract: In Brazil’s AIDS policy sector, bureaucrats have ensured the successful implementation of their policies by mobilizing civil society as government watchdogs and as political advocates. These “activist bureaucrats” form a new layer of politics in Latin America. Author(s): Rich, Jessica A.J. Source(s): , 47 p., ill., tabs Published: 2012 [Author], Berkeley, CA (English ISBN/ISSN:…

Building governance into a post-2015 framework : exploring transparency and accountability as an entry point

Abstract: The possibility of a stand-alone goal on (local) governance for the post-2015 agenda is considered. It would be the most ambitious but also the most politically challenging option of the two, the other one being to strengthen transparency and governance in support of post-2015 development efforts. Author(s): Bergh, Gina Source(s): , 13 p. Published:…