A village-up view of Sierra Leone’s civil war and reconstruction : multilayered and networked governance

Abstract: This report offers a ‘bottom-up’ review of the reconstruction of the state following a devastating civil war, using the case of Sierra Leone. In Africa, the individual state-citizen relationship is also mediated through pre-colonial rural governance systems that continue to play a crucial role. Author(s): Vincent, James B.M. Source(s): , IDS research report; 75…

Real democratization in Cambodia? : an empirical review of the potential of a decentralization reform

Abstract: This article investigates popular perceptions of the evolving decentralization reform and the views of representatives of the commune authorities with the aim of analysing key dimensions of this reform in terms of post-conflict reconstruction, local democratization and local development. Author(s): Öjendal, Joakim; Sedara, Kim Source(s): , Working paper / Swedish International centre for local…

Local governance, peace building and state building in post-conflict settings : a UNDP discussion paper

Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the experiences and challenges associated with local governance, decentralization policies and the strengthening of local governments within contexts of peace building, sate-building and post conflict recovery across three continents over the past two decades. Author(s): Dabo, Awa Source(s): , 25 p. draft Published: 2010 United nations development programme…

Building responsibility for the delivery of government services (BRIDGE) : FY 2009 annual report (December 9, 2008 – September 30, 2009

Abstract: The Building Responsibility for the Delivery of Government Services (BRIDGE) project in South Sudan aims to enhance the capacity of local government to plan, manage and provide services, and to improve relationships between local governments and their constituents. Author(s): Corps, Mercy Source(s): , 57 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2009 USAID Sudan. BRIDGE, Khartoum…

Fragility at the local level : challenges to building local state-citizen relations in fragile settings

Abstract: This paper reviews available literature on local democratic governance in fragile settings with an emphasis on contexts marked by protracted violent conflict. Challenges to local governance in fragile settings have dimensions of state-reconstruction, decentralization, and participatory governance. Author(s): Oosterom, Marjoke Source(s): , Working paper / Civic engagement in post-conflict settings project 21 p., ill…

Local government in post-conflict environments : commissioned paper

Abstract: This literature review focuses on research on local governance in post-conflict environments. It discusses the links between local governance in situations of insecurity and and how local governance affects conflict. Key policy implications emerging from the literature are identified. Author(s): Jackson, Paul; Scott, Zoe Source(s): , 32 p., ill., tabs Published: 2008 United nations…

Good enough governance in fragile states : the role of center-periphery relations and local government : paper

Abstract: Evidence from stabilisation efforts in Iraq suggests that implementing pragmatic approaches aimed at achieving ‘good enough governance’ requires looking beyond the centre to the critical role of sub-national levels of government in post-conflict reconstruction. Author(s): Brinkerhoff, Derick W.; Johnson, Ronald W. Source(s): , 29 p. Published: 2008 University of Birmingham. Governance and social development…