The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation

The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP) was initiated through its first Global Assembly held in Tanzania at the end of 2011. BTAP believes that “transparent and inclusive budgets are a key piece to improve service delivery, poverty alleviation, the realization of human rights, social justice, and environmental sustainability.”  Currently, the independent…

People Power: A Documentary Exploring Participatory Democracy Around the World

How can ordinary people hold elected government officials accountable? In the short documentary People Power, TV Education Asia Pacific approaches accountability through participatory democracy. The film examines cases around the world where citizen participation has led to increased accountability, enhanced citizen involvement, and an amplified public voice. The cases explored serve as prime examples of a participatory…

Role of Panchayati Raj institutions in grassroot planning : some issues and concerns

Abstract: This paper argues that planning under the Panchayati Raj institutions (PRI) was not much of a success because decentralization did not go far enough. PRI operations were severely restricted in local planning due to: (1) inexperience; (2) bureaucracy; (3) no financial powers; (4) state dominance. Author(s): Bhuiyan, Dasarathi Source(s): , Odisha review; [Vol. 69,…

Urban institute Center on international development and governance : nonpartisan economic and social policy research

Abstract: The Urban Institute Center on International Development and Governance (IDG) improves opportunities for citizens in developing countries by providing research and aid focused on local government, delivery and financing of public services, and the interactions with firms and citizens. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2013 Urban institute, Washington, DC (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.urban.org/center/idg/about/

Money, corruption, and political competition in established and emerging democracies

Abstract: [Partial preview] The effectiveness of public subsidization of political competition as an alternative to contributions from the private sector is examined, especially from the perspective of its possible anti-corruption effect. Cases include the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh. Author(s): Mendilow, Jonathan Source(s): , xv, 211 p. Published: 2012 Lexington, Lanham, MD [etc.] (English ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-7391-7076-2/…