Attribution and accountability : voting for roads in Ghana

Abstract: The thesis argues that democracy makes African governments more responsive to the rural majority, thereby generating dissatisfaction among urban voters. A distinction is made between attributable inputs (roads) and non-attributable inputs (education material) in Ghana. Author(s): Harding, Robin Source(s): , 45 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published: 2013 New York university (NYU)], [New York,…

Subnational debt, insolvency, and market development

Abstract: Decentralization in many countries has given sub-national governments certain spending responsibilities and the capacity to incur debt. This note suggests broad lessons extracted from several country experiences with subnational debt restructuring, insolvency frameworks, and debt market development. Author(s): Canuto, Otaviano; Liu, Lili Source(s): , Economic premise; 112 7:00 PM Economic premise 112 Published: 2013…

Our future – make it work : National development plan 2030

Abstract: South Africa’s National Development Plan aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. Challenges include: (1) unemployment; (2) infrastructure; (3) education; (4) spatial divides; (5) resource-dependence of the economy; (6) health; (7) public services; and (8) corruption. Author(s): South Africa Source(s): , 61 p., ill., maps Published: 2012 South African government information, [S.l.]…

Who can address urban inequality? : the often forgotten roles of local government

Abstract: This paper focuses on the role of local government in reducing inequalities in sustainable development (infrastructure, basic services, regulations and other measures linked to health, economic opportunity and risk reduction), and the inclusion of the poor and marginalized in local decisions. Author(s): UCLG Source(s): , [15] p., ill., tabs Published: 2012 United cities and…

The political context of financing infrastructure developmentin local government : lessons from local council oversight functions in Uganda

Abstract: Since 1993, local governments in Uganda attained responsibility over infrastructure development while elected councils exercise oversight functions over the infrastructure. The challenge is that most of the councilors lack the necessary educational qualifications, technical skills and competence. Author(s): Tukahebwa, Geoffrey B. Source(s): , Research series / Economic policy research centre; 97 ii, 32 p.,…

Be the change you want to see

Abstract: Founded in 2001, Janaagraha started as a movement to enable citizen participation in public governance in India. It has now evolved into a robust institution for Citizenship and Democracy. Janaagraha uses a comprehensive framework, REED, as its guiding principle to enhance public governance. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2011 Janaagraha centre for citizenship and democracy,…

Improving service delivery through outsourcing

Abstract: Analysis of 10 case studies of outsourcing in the South African public sector demonstrates that local governments could use it more often to improve the delivery of services such as sanitation, water provision and infrastructure. Author(s): Badenhorst-Weiss, J.A.; Ambe, I.M. Source(s): , Journal of contemporary management; Vol. 8 p. 453-472, ill., tabs Journal of…

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…

Contracting the road to development : early impacts of a rural roads program

Abstract: The Peruvian rural roads program (RRP) contracts private local firms for rehabilitation and maintenance with local supervision by community leaders setting incentives that favour prevention activities. It enhanced road transitability, employment, and investments in education and health. Author(s): Valdivia, Martin Source(s): , PMMA working paper; 18 40 p., ill., tabs PMMA working paper 18…