Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

The rise of global  inequality and the concentration of wealth is undermining democracy and citizen participation. The rise of urban elites in developing countries in Africa and Asia is affecting and slowing down the process of decentralization. Institutional spaces are becoming inadequate to foster citizen participation in decision making for mobilization and utilization of public…

Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia

On December 17, 1998, Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia (KPI) was founded by 75 women activists from different regions who advocated women’s rights in Indonesia. KPI is an organization of women who fight for justice and democracy and hold the values of equality, freedom, democracy, and independence. The aim of the organization is to bring about gender…

African Women’s Decade: 2013 Annual Review

The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) was launched in Nairobi, Kenya by the African Union (AU) to re-invigorate commitments for accelerated implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Make Every Woman Count (MEWC), an organization dedicated to promoting the rights and empowerment of African women and girls, publishes an annual report throughout the 10-year duration of…

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. NED fosters the growth of a wide…

George Mathew

The Founder of India’s Institute of Social Sciences and a lifelong-champion of decentralization discusses the importance of participatory local democracy, and its progress in India over the past 20 years since the historic passage of the 73rd amendment to India’s constitution.  

Women Rising: The Role of Participatory Democracy in Promoting Gender Equality

As Kenyans vote for a new president and county councils, they will also be voting for an increased number of female candidates. Prior to Kenya’s upcoming elections, Micah Cheserem, chairman of the Kenyan Commission on Revenue Allocation, urged his fellow citizens to elect women as their county ward representatives. Cheserem’s remarks followed a heated debate as to how the…