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…

LogoLink: Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance

LogoLink, the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance, is a global network of practitioners from civil society organizations, research institutions and governments created to stimulate and support civil society organizations and networks that engage in citizen participation and social control of public policies at the local level. In the 1990’s, regional and international…

The specter of leviathan in the central-local relations : a comparative historical analysis of the decentralization reform in Thailand and the Philippines

Abstract: This essay offers a comparative analysis of the decentralization reforms in Thailand and the Philippines. It is shown that the outcome of decentralization depends largely on the power configuration of the national bureaucracy at the time of modern state founding. Author(s): Sudhipongpracha, Tatchalerm Source(s): , Journal of African & Asian local government studies (JAALGS);…

Citizen charters : enhancing service delivery through accountability : dealing with governance and corruption risks in project lending

Abstract: Introduced by the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, CCs are now being used in a wide range of countries — including the United States, Kenya, India, Jamaica, and Mexico — to improve the quality of service delivery and enhance public sector management. Author(s): Post, David; Agarwal, Sanjay Source(s): , How-to notes 17 p.,…

Money, corruption, and political competition in established and emerging democracies

Abstract: [Partial preview] The effectiveness of public subsidization of political competition as an alternative to contributions from the private sector is examined, especially from the perspective of its possible anti-corruption effect. Cases include the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh. Author(s): Mendilow, Jonathan Source(s): , xv, 211 p. Published: 2012 Lexington, Lanham, MD [etc.] (English ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-7391-7076-2/…

Designing the local government enhancement fund for the Philippines

Abstract: Recently, local government associations in the Philippines have asked for an expansion in the funding of the IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment) with 10%. In addition they asked for a new transfer mechanism to ensure stronger equalization and better accountability arrangements for higher efficiency. Author(s): Martinez-Vazquez, Jorge; Liu, Yongzheng Source(s): , International studies program :…

Decentralization program : towards sustainable good local governance

Abstract: The Decentralization Program (DP) is a joint development effort of the governments of the Philippines and Germany. It aims at improving governance and participatory development to provide for local needs by political decentralization, fiscal decentralization and capacity development. Author(s): GIZ Source(s): , Published: 2011 Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) [etc.], Bonn [etc.] (English…

Basic services provision across ten years of implementation of the local government code : issues and challenges in decentralized governance

Abstract: The provision of devolved basic services by local governments in Surigao del Norte, Philippines, is analysed, using data on health, education, welfare, agriculture and livelihoo. Two frameworks were used: the soufflé theory of decentralization by Parker, and the Local Government Code. Author(s): Sunico, Florencio F. Source(s): , 35 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2011…