Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy

The Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) takes a rights-based approach to poverty alleviation–the organization’s mission is to “promote local democracy in developing countries in accordance with Sweden’s global development policies.” The ICLD aims to empower people to influence their own lives and development by strengthening local institutions, and promoting decentralization and citizens’ influence. The…

Active citizenship and rural women : a citizens’ voice model for emergent productive water users

Abstract: This study of a Citizens’ Voice project in the province of Limpopo, South Africa, finds that active citizenship exists, but its effectiveness is limited by the lack of engagement among women’s organizations, the lack of capacity to interact with government officials, and weak institutions. Author(s): Loate, Lesego Source(s): , [10] p., ill. Published: 2013…

Enhancing inclusiveness of Rwanda’s land tenure regularization program : initial impacts of an awareness raising pilot

Abstract: A gender-sensitive research framework was used to assess the extent to which men and women have participated in the Land Tenure Regularization process in Rwanda. One of the aims was to assist and enhance the capacity of local institutions involved in land awareness and land dispute management. Author(s): Santos, Florence; Fletschner Landesa, Diana; Daconto,…

Can participation be induced? : some evidence from developing countries

Abstract: The effectiveness of the World Bank´s multi-billion dollar investment in participatory development projects is examined. While these projects improved access to basic services, they were less effective in improving income or in building sustainable participatory institutions at the local level. Author(s): Mansuri, Ghazala; Rao, Vijayendra Source(s): , Policy research working paper; WPS 6139 25…

Decentralisation and central-local relations : a Solomon islands case study on the negotiations of relations between national and provincial governments

Abstract: The decentralization policies introduced since the 1980s in the Solomon Islands have had minimal impact, because institutions to renegotiate relations between the national and provincial governments were ignored by national officials. Author(s): Suluia, Gloria Tapakea Source(s): , vii, 131 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published: 2012 Massey university], [Palmerston North (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link:…

A place for the grassroots : examining the role of community participation and local governance in providing mid-day meals in Lucknow district, Uttar Pradesh

Abstract: Improvements to the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) in India are suggested. After 17 years of operation the MDMS serves 105 million primary and upper-primary schoolchildren. In Uttar Pradesh, both community participation and local institutions remain quite weak, especially in urban schools. Author(s): Tuggle, Anderson Source(s): , Independent study project (ISP) collection; paper 1458 43…

Can islands of effectiveness thrive in difficult governance settings? : the political economy of local-level collaborative governance

Abstract: Theory and evidence suggest that in countries with poor governance progress could be driven by local collaborative governance, i.e. narrowly-focused initiatives that combine high-quality institutional arrangements at the micro-level, plus supportive, narrowly-targeted policy reforms. Author(s): Levy, Brian Source(s): , Policy research working paper; WPS 5842 23 p., ill., tabs Policy research working paper WPS…