The state of Ghana’s local government system : the case of assembly members

Abstract: This paper discusses some of the weaknesses of Ghana’s local government system, in particular the issues affecting the local development operations of Assembly Members. Their many challenges require national civic education and constitutional amendments to address. Author(s): Adusei-Asante, Kwadwo Source(s): , Inkanyiso : journal of humanities and social sciences; Vol. 4, No. 2 p.…

Women in search of citizenship : experiences from West Africa

Abstract: This book provides insights into what gender inclusive citizenship means as a practice, what can be achieved when it is promoted and what role participatory action research can play. It shares the experiences of women in local communities devising ways to exercise their citizenship. Author(s): Imam, Ayesha; Kamminga, Evelien Source(s): , 127 p., ill.,…

Choice, recognition and the democracy effects of decentralization

Abstract: Often large development agencies choose to work with a wide range of other local interlocutors, including deconcentrated agents, private bodies, customary authorities, and NGOs. As a result, fledgling local governments are receiving few public powers and face competition for legitimacy. Author(s): Ribot, Jesse C. Source(s): , Working paper / Swedish International centre for local…

Building trust in government : innovations in governance reform in Asia

Abstract: Within the framework of democratic governance, decentralization and local autonomy are crucial in fostering more participatory governance and enhancing trust in government. Decentralization contributes to the empowerment of local communities and trust in government at all levels. Author(s): Cheema, G. Shabbir; Popovski, Vesselin Source(s): , Trends and innovations in governance series xv, 260 p.,…

Participatory governance

Abstract: The implications of participatory governance for political representation are reviewed, its contribution to service delivery is examined, and the impact on social equity is discussed. The selected cases from Brazil, India, and the USA show mixed results. Author(s): Fischer, Frank Source(s): , Jerusalem papers in regulation & governance : working paper; 24 19 p…

The challenges of women participation in local governance : the case of Accra and Tamale metropolitan assemblies

Abstract: Qualitative data and statistics of female councilors from 1994 to 2006 in Tamale and Accra are used to assess the factors that may be accountable for their small numbers as compared to their male counterparts. In addition, the history and structure of local governance in Ghana is described. Author(s): Mahamadu, Abdul-Razak Source(s): , x,…

Assessing the role of councillors in service delivery at local government level in South Africa

Abstract: The dynamics of local government service delivery in South Africa is examined, with special emphasis on the role of elected officials, who are a fundamental but often neglected part of the local governance system and whose role has a policy-shaping influence. Author(s): Paradza, Gaynor; Mokwena, Lebogang; Richards, Robin Source(s): , Research report / Centre…

Zimbabwe in transition : what about the local level?

Abstract: An examination of local governance in Zimbabwe in 2009 showed that local administration officials are much better educated and more experienced than local elected officials. Contrary to the opinion of these local officials, citizen involvement is actually quite weak. Health care is in a poor state. Author(s): Bland, Gary Source(s): , RTI research report…