Register for the 2014 World Regional Governments Summit

The Organization of Regions United/Forum of Regional Governments and Global Associations of Regions (ORU/FOGAR) is an international organization that promotes the voice of sub-national governments about global governance on the world stage. The main objectives of ORU/FOGAR are to: Raise the voice of regions within the globalization process to highlight their concerns, establish common proposals,…

Grant Opportunity: experiences on inclusive urban development

The “Innovative practices of inclusive urban development” project is a collaboration between the University of Winnipeg, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba, through the Manitoba Research Alliance, UN Habitat, the Huairou Commission and the KIP International School, with the support of the International Development Research Centre of Canada. The project is seeking to…

Local Leaders Transforming Chinese Provinces and Indian States

In an essay published by the Brookings Institution, William J. Antholis highlights the role of local leadership in China and India in transforming the economic development of the two countries. Antholis and his family traveled through China and India for five months, interviewing local and national political leaders and ordinary citizens, from corporate executives to slum dwellers, asking them…

The Isandla Institute: Innovation and Implementation

Isandla Institute is a public interest think-tank based in South Africa. Focusing on fostering just, equitable, and democratic urban settlements through innovative research and advocacy, Isandla “functions as an experimental ‘hot house’ where policy ideas about the reduction of urban inequality, poverty, racism and social exclusion are nurtured.” Isandla’s work centers around ‘the right to the…

Grassroots Development Journal

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) directly funds grassroots organizing at the local level. The Grassroots Development Journal highlights a few of the organization’s joint initiatives and research. One of IAF’s efforts, “Mobilizing the Deaf Community in Uruguay,” analyzes strategies from a disadvantaged community aiming to build coalitions to advance its needs. Results from the research demonstrate that deaf Uruguayans…

Research & Development Methodology for the State of Participatory Democracy Index

Laying the Foundation The first step in creating the Participatory Local Democracy project is to develop a Community of Practice (CoP) among practitioners from civil society, academia and government who focus on local democracy and participatory governance issues around the world. The team of The Hunger Project (THP) staff and George Washington University (GWU) Graduate…

Deconstructing development discourse : buzzwords and fuzzwords

Abstract: If development buzzwords conceal ideological differences or sloppy thinking, then the process of constructive deconstruction makes it possible to re-examine what have become catch-all terms like good governance, civil society, transparency, accountability, and poverty reduction. Author(s): Cornwall, Andrea; Eade, Deborah Source(s): , x, 320 p., ill., tabs, 24 cm Published: 2010 Practical action [etc.],…

State and governance : the limits of decentralisation

Abstract: The lessons of the experience of those countries where decentralization has had a positive impact suggest that devolution of power and the control of resources at the local level can only work to improve conditions when the State itself is committed to State and governance. Author(s): Chabal, Patrick Source(s): , SNV publications; H0702-01 16…

Afrobarometer : an African-led series of national public attitude surveys on democracy and governance in Africa

Abstract: Afrobarometer is African-led initiative that reports the results of national sample surveys on the attitudes of citizens in selected African countries towards democracy, markets, civil society, and other aspects of development. Author(s): Afrobarometer Source(s): , Published: 2007 Afrobarometer, [Cape Town etc.] (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.afrobarometer.org/