Socio-economic status and participatory development in Kenya

Abstract: Constituency Development Funds (CDFs) dedicate public money to benefit “grassroots” subdivisions through decisions influenced by their representatives in parliament. This paper analyses the influence of socio-economic factors on household participation in CDF poverty alleviation projects in Kenya. Author(s): Kinyanjui, Kariuki David; Josephine, Misaro Source(s): , International journal of humanities and sociel science; Vol. 3,…

Active citizenship and rural women : a citizens’ voice model for emergent productive water users

Abstract: This study of a Citizens’ Voice project in the province of Limpopo, South Africa, finds that active citizenship exists, but its effectiveness is limited by the lack of engagement among women’s organizations, the lack of capacity to interact with government officials, and weak institutions. Author(s): Loate, Lesego Source(s): , [10] p., ill. Published: 2013…

Attribution and accountability : voting for roads in Ghana

Abstract: The thesis argues that democracy makes African governments more responsive to the rural majority, thereby generating dissatisfaction among urban voters. A distinction is made between attributable inputs (roads) and non-attributable inputs (education material) in Ghana. Author(s): Harding, Robin Source(s): , 45 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published: 2013 New York university (NYU)], [New York,…

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…