Local government and local development : bridging the gap through critical discourse : evidence from the Commonwealth Caribbean

Abstract: This paper discusses: (1) the institutional and organisational imperatives of a developmental role for local government; and (2) the extent to which these imperatives have been addressed in reform. Generally, local government must be linked more consistently with a local development strategy. Author(s): Schoburgh, Eris D. Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance (CJLG);…

Managing informality : local government practices and approaches towards the informal economy : learning examples from five African countries

Abstract: This report presents six case studies from across different African countries – including Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania – featuring local governments’ utilization of innovative approaches to better manage the informal economy or sector thereof in their localities. Author(s): David, Susanne Source(s): , 97 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2012 South African…

Informal taxation

Abstract: The magnitude, distributional implications, and forms of informal taxation for the construction and maintenance of local public goods is estimated, using anecdotal evidence from 10 developing countries. An example is labour payment for rural road construction. Author(s): Olken, Benjamin Aaron; Singhal, Monica Source(s): , 41 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2011 Massachusetts institute of…

Street trading in Cape Town CBD : a study of the relationship between local government and street traders

Abstract: A survey among 71 street traders in Cape Town indicates that there is a positive relationship between traders and the City of Cape Town, but that local government does not live up to expectation when it comes to the facilitation of informal business development. Policy recommendations are provided. Author(s): Heerden, Schalk Willem Van Source(s):…

From poverty to power? : women’s participation in intermediary organisations in site C, Khayelitsha

Abstract: This article examines how South-African women organize themselves in community structures to claim socio-economic rights through participation. Intermediary institutions mediate the participatory spaces for engagement created by local government. Author(s): Thompson, Lisa; Conradie, Ina Source(s): , Africanus; vol. 41, no. 1 p. 43-56, ill., tab Africanus vol. 41, no. 1 Published: 2011 Unisa, [Pretoria]…

Up-scaling local economic development : lessons from the Ghana decent work programme

Abstract: This case study presents and analyses the lessons learned from the Local Economic Development (LED) component of the Ghana Decent Work Programme (GDWP). It fostered social dialogue at local level, strengthened local businesses, and extended social protection for workers in the informal economy. Author(s): Tijmstra, Sylvia Source(s): , viii, 40 p., ill., graph, tabs…