Urban Institute: Post-2015 MDGs

Video streaming by Ustream The talk titled: “The Post-2015 Global Development Agenda: Addressing Inequalities and Fostering Inclusive Growth” occurred at the Urban Institute on April 8, 2013. It focused on the current state of the Post-2015 global development agenda, and the importance of equity and inclusiveness in the formulation of new development targets. This small clip focuses…

Decentralizing Education

Improving access to primary education remains a key aspect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Still, many children, especially girls, face many obstacles to attending school daily.  On a mission to improve access to education, policymakers and organizations have employed a variety of innovative tactics ranging from radio programs to interactive tools. However, they also look to innovations…

Time To Speak Up For Participatory Local Democracy in the Post-2015 Goals

As the discussion on Post-2015 UN development goals moves to the High-Level Panel in Bali this month, questions about effective governance are becoming increasingly important. After its most recent meeting in Monrovia, the High-Level Panel stated: “Economic growth alone is not sufficient to ensure social justice, equity and sustained prosperity for all people…The protection and empowerment of people is crucial. This will require…

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…

Adapting to Climate Change: The Role of Local Government

In the past few weeks, two new reports from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Oxfam have been published that discuss local government’s influence on the resiliency of a community in the face of climate change issues. “The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptive Processes to Climate Variability” and “Voices from the Source: Struggles with Local Water Security in…

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.…