Côte d’Ivoire – Focus Group Meeting

Côte d’Ivoire, June 26, 16 participants, Organizer: La Convention de la Société Civile Ivoirienne (CSCI) As part of the implementation of the Participatory Local Democracy Project, the Convention of the Ivorian Civil Society (CSCI) conducted a focus group in Abidjan Cocody-City ADB. The focus group was conducted to complete the survey on the situation of participatory…

Launching the 2014 Survey

We have launched our 2014 Participatory Local Democracy (PLD) Survey within the initiative to strengthen civil society’s engagement with local governance. Around the world, civil society groups are organizing discussions with government and other sectors to assess PLD in their country. Responses will be analyzed and released in our second report, “The 2014 State of…

Book Review: Local Democracy and Development: The Kerala People’s Compaign for Decentralized Planning

The People’s Campaign for Democratic Decentralization mobilized over three million of Kerala’s people as the largest experiment in local democracy in the world when it was launched in 1996 under the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government. The pro-active methodology offered by the Campaign involved empowerment for elected local bodies to work out their own planning…

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…

The Citizenry Component

Any external analysis of the relationship between citizens and their government is constrained by access to information about rules and policies of the participatory process and nuances in power and decision-making. Our community scorecard attempts to reveal the effects of these factors and other less tangible challenges by reflecting the perceptions of locals, whether or…

Consultation in Capetown, South Africa

The latest in our UN Democracy Fund Consultations on Participatory Local Democracy was hosted by the Isandla Institute  in Cape Town, South Africa, on the day following their own local governance meeting – “Speaking Truth to Power.” South Africa has adopted strong approaches to participatory local governance, but participants emphasized the constraints faced in implementation.…