Impact of Decentralization: Resource List

In the report launch event in Washington DC last year, we received suggestions to examine the literature of those who are skeptical or opposed to decentralization and to compile the evidence base that shows the advantages of decentralization to improved service delivery, reduced corruption and economic growth. We have organized a reference list of documents…

Good Governance Begins with the Individual

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German political foundation, thinks decentralization alone does not lead to more democracy, but it can promote the democratization process. In the report “Good Governance Begins with the Individual” (2012), KAS impressively demonstrates examples of individual projects which have been very successful in different countries. KAS mentioned that, in spite of…

Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit that empowers citizens in the US and Canada to have a voice in deciding how to spend their public money. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a relatively new concept; however, it is spreading fast. The first PB evolved in Brazil in 1989, and now there are over 1,500…

Commonwealth Local Government Forum

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) seeks to promote and strengthen effective democratic local governments in the Commonwealth and serves to facilitate the exchange of good practices in local government structures and services. CLGF is composed of central, provincial, and local government representatives involved in local government policy and decision-making including local government associations, individual…

UN Advisory Committee of Local Authorities

The United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) was created as a formal channel to facilitate the development of relationships between local authorities and the work program of UN-Habitat and increase the dialogue between local and central governments and the UN system. This dialogue aims to highlight the important issues of strengthening local governance…

The Good Governance Learning Network

The Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN) is a network of South African NGOs promoting participation, accountability, and good governance at the local level. GGLN provides “… an interface for civil society organisations working on issues of local governance and citizen participation to network and share information towards strengthening local democracy in South Africa.” GGLN hosts…

The Isandla Institute: Innovation and Implementation

Isandla Institute is a public interest think-tank based in South Africa. Focusing on fostering just, equitable, and democratic urban settlements through innovative research and advocacy, Isandla “functions as an experimental ‘hot house’ where policy ideas about the reduction of urban inequality, poverty, racism and social exclusion are nurtured.” Isandla’s work centers around ‘the right to the…