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…

Agr[ar]ian change below the radar screen : rising farmland acquisitions by domestic investors in west Africa : what are the implications for food production and smallholder farming?

Abstract: A 2010 survey in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger determined the scale of land acquisition by domestic investors in West Africa. Most acquisitions took place after 2000. Most investors are urban. Formal tenure on customary land is difficult. A move to involve smallholders should be encouraged. Author(s): Hilhorst, Dorothea H.M.; Nelen, Joost; Traoré,…

Improving service delivery through outsourcing

Abstract: Analysis of 10 case studies of outsourcing in the South African public sector demonstrates that local governments could use it more often to improve the delivery of services such as sanitation, water provision and infrastructure. Author(s): Badenhorst-Weiss, J.A.; Ambe, I.M. Source(s): , Journal of contemporary management; Vol. 8 p. 453-472, ill., tabs Journal of…

FIG special

Abstract: This special geomatics issue presents an interview with Hernando de Soto, who believes land registration is the starting point for poverty alleviation, and discusses what societal and technological dynamics may affect the international practice of land administration over the coming 20 years. Author(s): Lemmens, Mathias Source(s): , GIM international : the global magazine for…

Annual World bank conference on land and poverty : conference agenda

Abstract: The theme of the 2011 conference was “Countries strengthen land governance”. In a period of land grabbing, better land governance can encourage investment, steer urban growth and improve social welfare. It also helps countries overcome a legacy of inequality, dispossession and conflict. Author(s): World Bank Source(s): , Published: 2011 World bank, Washington, DC (English…

Busan partnership for effective development co-operation

Abstract: The final declaration of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan, South Korea, establishes a framework for development cooperation that embraces traditional donors, South-South cooperators, CSOs and private funders. Among other things, it stresses the importance of local governance. Author(s): UNDP Source(s): , 12 p. Published: 2011 United nations development programme (UNDP)],…

Household preferences and governance of water services : a hedonic analysis from rural Guatemala

Abstract: This report finds that rural households in Guatemala value municipal water services but are indifferent between not having piped water and being connected to a private system. The estimated value of community-managed services is negative, suggesting they have an aversion to them. Author(s): Vásquez, William F. Source(s): , IFPRI discussion paper; 1152 vi, 16…

Energising local economies : an overview : conference report

Abstract: The need for establishing national local economic development (LED) frameworks was emphasized. LED not only can help reduce poverty and deliver the MDGs, but also creates a climate for partnership and inward investment that is vital to all communities to improve local livelihoods. Author(s): Rhodes, Sue Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance (CJLG);…

LOGOTRI : network of local government training and research institutes in Asia and the Pacific

Abstract: LOGOTRI is the Network of Local Government Training and Research Institutes in Asia and the Pacific. Its members are both governmental, autonomous and private sector institutions and organizations involved primarily in local government training and research. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2011 LOGOTRI, Pokhara (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.logotri.net/

Accountability in public services in South Africa : selected issues

Abstract: The service delivery capacity and quality challenges in South Africa are examined by analysing the interaction between service providers and beneficiaries. Special emphasis is placed on the accountability relationships among citizen-users, policymakers, and service providers. Author(s): Brink, Rogier Van Den Source(s): , xiv, 157 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published: 2011 World bank, [Washington,…