Bringing land rights to grassroots women : creating awareness on socio-legal rights in west Midnapore district of West Bengal, India

Abstract: This video and case study present a project in West Bengal, India, aimed at developing strong socio-legal awareness on land-rights and a sense of gender justice among 300 women from tribal and under-developed rural families. Author(s): Roy, Saswati Source(s): , Universitas forum : journal on human development and international cooperation; Vol. 3, No. 1…

Lessons of Asia’s decentralisation for Indonesia’s second decade of decentralisation

Abstract: This brief examines Asian decentralization form many angles: from historical accident to deliberate constitutional constructs, from mechanisms for managing diversity to ways of reducing poverty, and from giving voice to local communities to instruments for separatism and ethnic tension. Author(s): Source(s): , Decentralisation brief / Provincial governance strengthening programme; 1 15 p., ill., graph,…

A village-up view of Sierra Leone’s civil war and reconstruction : multilayered and networked governance

Abstract: This report offers a ‘bottom-up’ review of the reconstruction of the state following a devastating civil war, using the case of Sierra Leone. In Africa, the individual state-citizen relationship is also mediated through pre-colonial rural governance systems that continue to play a crucial role. Author(s): Vincent, James B.M. Source(s): , IDS research report; 75…

Fiscal decentralization in Kenya : a small step or giant leap?

Abstract: Following the post-election violence in 2007, Kenya adopted a new constitution in September 2010, which represents an important step in the process of national reconciliation and an important attempt to make Kenya’s public sector more efficient and more accountable through devolution. Author(s): Boex, Jamie; Kelly, Roy Source(s): , IDG policy brief 6:00 PM IDG…

Remove or reform? : a case for (restructuring) chiefdom governance in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Abstract: Fieldwork from three districts in Sierra Leone suggests that chiefdom authority continues to have considerable support. In particular, section chiefs and headmen are seen as being particularly important for settling small disputes, especially in the rural areas. Author(s): Sawyer, Edward Source(s): , African affairs; Vol. 107, Issue 428 p. 387-403, ill., graph, tabs African…