Land registration usage theory : a case study in Ghana

Abstract: The paper presents a 3-stage theory to examine why and how people register or choose not to register their land, using a case from the outskirts of Accra. The situation mirrored the one elsewhere in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. Land sales have benefited few and leaders have manipulated the rules. Author(s): Barry, Michael; Roux,…

Accountability of local and state governments in India : an overview of recent research

Abstract: Distortions in Indian local government accountability are examined, including: (1) limited voter participation and awareness; (2) ideology, honesty and competence of political parties and electoral candidates; (3) capture by elites; and (4) clientelism and vote-buying. Reform lessons are drawn. Author(s): Mookherjee, Dilip Source(s): , 49 p. Published: 2012 Boston university. People.by.edu], [Boston (English ISBN/ISSN:…

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…

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…