Local Government and Human Rights: A progress report by the Advisory Committee for the Human Rights Council

The Advisory Committee for the Human Rights Council presented its progress report on the role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights (A/HRC/27/59)  for the 27th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, on September 4, 2014. Local Government is one of the seven thematic issues the Advisory Committee is…

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…

Ensuring Human Rights through Local Governments

What is the role of local governments in ensuring human rights? Are they of significance or is it the state’s responsibility to protect human rights ? In their statement provided for the UN Human Rights Council in May 2013, the Egypt Habitat International Coalition discusses this topic, and underlines the importance of local governments in…

UNDEF : the United nations democracy fund

Abstract: UNDEF was established in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. Author(s): UNDEF Source(s): , Published: 2013 United nations democracy fund (UNDEF), New…

Realising the rights of children : integration of Decentralised action for children and women (DACAW) into Local governance and community development program (LGCDP)

Abstract: This assessment discusses the relevance and feasibility of integrating some key areas of the DACAW programme into Government of Nepal structures. It is based on data from Kathmandu and four other districts in 2011. Author(s): Haug, Marit; Regmi, Raghav Raj Source(s): , Norad report : discussion; 5/2012 38 p., ill., tabs Norad report :…

Community law centre

Abstract: The Community Law Centre, forming part of the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape (‘the Centre’), was established in 1990 and works to realize good governance, socio-economic development, democratic values and human rights enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution. Author(s): University Of The Western Cape Source(s): , Published: 2012 University of the…

Governance and development

Abstract: The OECD-DAC Network on Governance (GOVNET) is the only forum for development agencies and partner countries that focuses exclusively on improving governance. Themes include accountability, corruption, governance assessments, human rights, and taxation. Author(s): OECD Source(s): , Published: 2011 Organisation for economic co-operation and development (OECD), Paris (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.oecd.org/document/31/0,3746,en_2649_34565_46582751_1_1_1_1,00.html

Local government and human rights : building institutional links for the effective protection and realisation of human rights in Africa

Abstract: There is increasing recognition of the role of local government in the protection and realization of human rights obligations. The article makes a case for institutional collaboration between international local government institutions improve the protection of human rights. Author(s): Bosire, Conrad Mugoya Source(s): , African human rights law journal; Vol. 11, No. 1] p.…