Resource guide on decentralisation and local government

Abstract: Guidance is provided for designing, implementing and evaluating decentralization reforms and local government practices. Current debates on the impact of decentralization and local government on poverty reduction, service delivery and conflict are presented. Author(s): Scott, Zoë; Alam, Munawwar Source(s): , Commonwealth secretariat local government reform series; 3 v, 211 p., 24 cm Commonwealth secretariat…

From international land deals to local informal agreements : regulations of and local reactions to agricultural investments in Madagascar : draft conference paper

Abstract: This article analyses the dynamics of local politics within the framework of large-scale farmland acquisition projects in Madagascar, using the case of the 1.3 million ha land acquisition by Daewoo for export of palm oil and maize to South Korea. Author(s): Perrine, Burnod Source(s): , 16 p. draft Published: 2011 Erasmus university Rotterdam (EUR).…

Blurring the boundaries : citizen action across states and societies : a summary of findings from a decade of collaborative research on citizen engagement

Abstract: This report argues that the ‘good governance’ agenda is due for a citizen-led upheaval: citizens can in fact galvanize and lead fundamental governance reform themselves. It also suggests how best to formulate context-specific strategies for pursuing a citizen-led development agenda. Author(s): Benequista, Nicholas; Gaventa, John Source(s): , [52] p., ill. Published: 2011 Development research…

ANSA-SAR : raising peoples’ voice could ensure accountability

Abstract: ANSA-Africa is a network created to be a leading African advocate of citizen involvement in demand-side governance initiatives. It develops cross-country collaboration on social accountability and demand-side governance initiatives. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2010 ANSA-Africa, [Pretoria] (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.ansa-africa.net/index.php/views/news_view/ansa_sar_raising_peoples_voice_could_ensure_accountability/#When:09:49:00Z

Social accountability in Africa : practitioners’ experiences and lessons

Abstract: This publication is a knowledge resource to support policy-makers, public policy practitioners, law-makers, public institutions, – managers, the scientific community, civil society, donors, development agencies and all those concerned with the ‘governance-accountability’ nexus in Africa. Author(s): Claasen, Mario; Alpín-Lardiés, Carmen Source(s): , viii, 224 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2010 Institute for democracy in…

An upside down view of governance

Abstract: Central question of this paper is how to increase effective, accountable public authority in poor countries of the global South. Examples and studies from all over the world provide a fresh perspective on governance focusing less on the destination and more on the means of getting there. Author(s): Unsworth, Sue Source(s): , 83 p.…

Putting citizens at the centre : linking states and societies for responsive governance : a policy-maker’s guide to the research of the Development research centre on citizenship, participation and accountability

Abstract: This note provides a guide to key findings on how citizen participation and engagement can contribute to development, strengthen democratic and responsive states, and help to realise human rights. Author(s): Benequista, Nicholas; Gaventa, John; Barrett, Gregory Source(s): , 20 p., ill., tabs Published: 2010 University of Sussex. Institute of development studies (IDS). Development research…

Local governance and public goods in Malawi

Abstract: The under-provision of basic public goods is a key factor in the persistence of widespread poverty, while public goods’ provision is strongly related to patterns of local governance. This paper explores which local governance institutions are associated with better or worse provision? Author(s): Cammack, Diana; Kanyongolo, Edge Source(s): , APPP working paper; 11 50…

Strengthening citizen demand for good governance in the African context

Abstract: The conceptual foundations for action research to strengthen citizen engagement with the African state and improve governance are presented. The Mwananchi programme works to enhance political leverage for citizens as they engage with their governments at different levels. Author(s): Tembo, Fletcher Source(s): , Working paper / Mwananchi programme, Overseas development institute; 1 vii, 41…

Sanctions, benefits, and rights : three faces of accountability

Abstract: Participation in local government is enhanced when citizens can reply affirmatively to these questions: (1) can they vote effectively to punish officials and parties? (2) can they generate response to their collective needs? and (3) are they ensured of fair treatment from local public agencies? Author(s): Grindle, Merilee S. Source(s): , Faculty research working…