Engendering Local Governance

Tools for Engendering Local Governance (TELG) were produced as part of the continuing efforts of the Caucus for Women’s Leadership (formerly the Kenya Women’s Political Caucus) to build local capacities in matters pertaining to good governance and gender mainstreaming. The tools are intended for use by the leaders of gender groups in conducting a series…

Kenya’s Vision for Participatory Local Democracy

With a mission to become a globally competitive and prosperous nation, Kenya has established priorities for 2030 in its national development program known as Vision2030. Officially launched in 2008, Kenya’s Vision2030 program consists of successive five year plans detailing its strategy for development. The Vision tackles three “pillars” that focus on economic, social, and political…

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…

Women Rising: The Role of Participatory Democracy in Promoting Gender Equality

As Kenyans vote for a new president and county councils, they will also be voting for an increased number of female candidates. Prior to Kenya’s upcoming elections, Micah Cheserem, chairman of the Kenyan Commission on Revenue Allocation, urged his fellow citizens to elect women as their county ward representatives. Cheserem’s remarks followed a heated debate as to how the…

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.…

The political economy of decentralization in sub-Saharan Africa : a new implementation model in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal

Abstract: This study examines the overall design of local government financing systems in sub-Saharan Africa. An analytical guide to decentralization is proposed, its purpose being to produce a comparative table for cross-country analysis. The approach is clearly contextualized to each country. Author(s): Dafflon, Bernard; Madiès, Thierry Source(s): , Africa development forum series xxvii, 310 p.,…

Socio-economic status and participatory development in Kenya

Abstract: Constituency Development Funds (CDFs) dedicate public money to benefit “grassroots” subdivisions through decisions influenced by their representatives in parliament. This paper analyses the influence of socio-economic factors on household participation in CDF poverty alleviation projects in Kenya. Author(s): Kinyanjui, Kariuki David; Josephine, Misaro Source(s): , International journal of humanities and sociel science; Vol. 3,…