Local First In Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done

Local First is an initiative that promotes prioritizing the views and leadership of local people and organizations in the countries affected by specific issues over those of outsiders from the international community in international development cooperation. Local First announced the release of their new book  ‘Local First in Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done’, which…

People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India

There is substantial evidence that basic public services and programs function inefficiently in India especially in the poorer states. The paper, “People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India” (N.C. Saxena, 2010) examines the obstacles in the functioning of Indian panchayats (a political system of local government created in 1993) and makes recommendations for more effective…

The Impact of Decentralization on Corruption

In the paper Decentralization and Corruption: New Cross-Country Evidence, Maksym Ivanya and Anwar Shah present empirical evidence of the impact of decentralization reforms on corruption for a sample of 158 countries. In the paper, decentralization is defined as the empowerment of local governments, (not as decision making at sub-national levels as other literature on the…