Citizenship learning, participatory democracy and micro-financing : the case of Grameen bank’s peer-lending system in Bangladesh

Abstract: This paper is about how Grameen Bank (GB) women borrowers engage in participatory democracy through discussion at weekly centre meetings. Although GB has no direct formal citizenship education program, these activities generate poor women’s leadership development opportunities in the community. Author(s): Rouf, Kazi Abdur Source(s): , Journal of global citizenship & equity education (JGCEE);…

Energising local economies : local economic development around the Commonwealth : background discussion paper

Abstract: This paper considers the status of local economic development (LED) across the Commonwealth and reviews the context of globalization, the community leadership role of local government, and the increasing expectations and demands of local communities for services and support around. Author(s): Reddy, Purshottama; Wallis, Malcolm Source(s): , 29 p., ill., tabs Published: 2011 Commonwealth…

Place-based leadership in a global era

Abstract: Local governments across the world face challenges of globalisation and urbanisation. In many countries, a shift took place from ‘local government’ to ‘local governance’. To avoid undermining local democracy, place-based civic leadership must be given more attention, both in academe and practice. Author(s): Hambleton, Robin Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance (CJLG); 8/9…

Ethical leadership and political culture in local government : a civil society perspective on local governance in South Africa

Abstract: Important avenues to build better leadership in local government in South Africa are highlighted. A collective change in attitudes and in practices on the part of leadership is needed. Softer issues such as values, a shared vision, commitment, motivation, learning and trust are equally important. Author(s): Van Donk, Mirjam Source(s): , 96 p., ill.,…

Endogenous institution in decentralization : on the definition and domain of peace economics, papers in honor of Walter Isard

Abstract: The author develops a model, in which the positive or negative welfare outcome of decentralization is the result of the interplay among a set of variables including local capture, participation, initial conditions, budget size, and quality of local leader. Author(s): Azis, Iwan J. Source(s): , Peace economics, peace science and public policy; Vol. 16,…

Value of people’s participation for good governance in developing countries

Abstract: One of the major barriers to people’s participation in local government in Bangladesh is the hostile and distrustful attitude of elected leaders. People should participate directly at the decision-making table, unless and until this attitude has changed. Author(s): Waheduzzaman Source(s): , Transforming government : people, process and policy; Vol. 4, No. 4 p. 386-402,…

Examining relationships between customary and state institutions in Ghana’s decentralized system

Abstract: The Ghanaian chieftaincy has been resilient to “modernization”—maintaining land rights, allegiance from citizens, and influence in rural communities. This study looks for factors that might explain the state’s deficiency in policy regarding chiefs, also with regard to the development outcome. Author(s): Belden, Cory Source(s): , IFPRI discussion paper; 1030 vi, 30 p., ill., tabs…

The role of traditional leadership in governance and rural development : a case study of the Mgwalana traditional authority

Abstract: Has the South African government managed to add traditional leadership to the local government structures? This study examines how well the Mgwalana Traditional Authority (MTA) is performing its role of governing and developing its area and the municipal area of Nkonkobe in Eastern Cape. Author(s): George, Khanyisa Source(s): , 114 p., ill., tabs Published:…

VNG international committed to strengthening democratic local government worldwide

Abstract: The importance of gender in local government is explained. Subjects include: (1) gender sensitive leadership; and (2) how to mainstream gender related issues within the LOGO South programme. For each case, examples are given from LOGO South Gender programmes and activities. Author(s): Evertzen, Annette; Akrimi, Neila; Verhoeven, Marieke Source(s): , 32 p., ill. Published:…

Elite capture or capture elites? : lessons from the ‘counter-elite’ and ‘co-opt-elite’ approaches in Bangladesh and Ghana

Abstract: According to many, community-based development leaves room for elite capture. Using cases from Ghana and Bangladesh, this paper concludes that the success of dealing with elite capture lies in the flexible use of the ‘counter-elite’ and ‘co-opt-elite’ approaches together. Author(s): Wong, Sam Source(s): , Working paper / UNU-WIDER; 2010/82 18 p., ill., tab Working…