European Union Commits to Increase Development Aid for Tajikistan

On October 20, 2014, the European Union and the Republic of Tajikistan took part in their fourth Cooperation Council meeting, during which the European Commission released its decision to significantly expand its development aid to this developing Central Asian country. The Commission’s aid to Tajikistan will increase by €251 million from 2014 to 2020 and will go towards…

Innovations in Citizen Participation

Community Participation Improves Healthcare Community participation impacts multiple sectors. Typically, we hear about its impacts on a political decision or an election; however, community participation also has the ability to improve health standards. As part of the 1998 health reforms, Bangladesh’s government established Health Watch oversight committees to encourage community members to monitor health providers at…

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…

Pursuing the MDGs through Local Government: Naoros Village

Winner of the Global Forum on Local Development Video Contest, the video below shows local government in action. The video depicts the direct link between Millennium Development Goals and locally planned, led, and implemented initiatives in Naoros village. The mobilization of the local populace in developing irrigation infrastructure directly pursues MDG #1- eradicating extreme poverty.…

Improving community development by linking agriculture, nutrition and education : design of a randomised trial of home-grown school feeding in Mali

Abstract: This paper describes the design of an impact study for the home-grown school feeding (HGSF) programme in Mali. It will determine the impact of school feeding sourced from smallholder farmers on smallholder food security, on accountability, and on school children’s education, health and nutrition. Author(s): Masset, Edoardo; Gelli, Aulo Source(s): , Trials; Vol. 14,…

R4D : research for development

Abstract: R4D is a free access on-line portal containing the latest information about research funded by DFID, including details of current and past research in over 30,000 project and document records. Themes include agriculture, education, health, governance and conflict, food security, and social change. Author(s): DFID Source(s): , Published: 2012 Department for international development (DFID),…

Providing public goods : local responses to policy incoherence and state failure in Niger

Abstract: In Niger, as in most African countries, the implementation of public policies poses enormous challenges. Local initiatives to plug the gaps are usually informal. Engaging with local informal initiatives and helping them to become institutionalized would be a better strategy than ignoring them. Author(s): Olivier De Sardan, Jean-Pierre Source(s): , Policy brief / Africa…

The online sourcebook on decentralization and local development = Sourcebook en ligne sur la décentralisation et local développement = Libro guia de decentralization y desarrollo local

Abstract: This sourcebook provides general background information, presents case studies from around the world, and discusses a number of issues in programme design including administrative, fiscal, political decentralization, and issues related to agriculture, health, education, and natural resources. Author(s): FAO; UNDP; DEZA; GTZ; World Bank Source(s): , Published: 2012 Food and agriculture organization of the…

The implications of federalism and decentralisation on socio-economic conditions in Ethiopia

Abstract: This paper analyses impacts of the federal system and decentralization on Ethiopia’s socio-economic development, with special reference to the health and eduction sectors. The principles of the Ethiopian federal system as well as those of the 2001/2002 decentralisation process are highlighted. Author(s): Zimmermann-Steinhart, Petra; Bekele, Yakob Source(s): , [Potchefstroom electronic law journal] (PER); Vol.…

Efficiency of local service provision in Zambia’s health, education and road sectors : implications for decentralisation and the effectiveness of budget support

Abstract: This study examines the scope for improving the operational efficiency of public financial management (PFM) in sub-Saharan African countries, using the case of local service provision in Zambia’s health, education, and road sectors. Author(s): Leiderer, Stefan Source(s): , Studies / German development institute; 71 304 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Studies / German development…