Rural demography, public services and land rights in Africa : a village-level analysis in Burkina Faso

Abstract: Following internal migration into river valleys after Onchocerciasis eradication, the effect of population density on land use regulation was examined. Improved public services and private property rights were indeed correlated with changes in the scarcity of land. Author(s): McMillan, Margaret S.; Masters, William A.; Kazianga, Harounan Source(s): , 62 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs…

Ambiguous institutions : traditional governance and local democracy in rural India

Abstract: This paper describes how Customary Village Councils, an informal, ‘traditional’ institution, are taking on a role in decentralisation and participatory local governance. It analyses the varying degrees of activities and different roles that the Councils take in villages in Karnataka. Author(s): Pur, Kripa Ananth; Moore, Mick Source(s): , IDS working paper; 282 32 p.,…

Implementing decentralisation in Mali : the experiences of two rural municipalities in southern Mali

Abstract: This study documents and analyses the evolution of rural decentralization in Mali since 1999. It assesses how the municipalities’ origins and social capital have affected their internal dynamics and achievements and suggests how decentralization can be made to work for rural people. Author(s): Coulibaly, Amadi; Hilhorst, Dorothea H.M. Source(s): , Issue paper / IIED;…

The myths and realities of local governance in Sanankoroba, Mali

Abstract: The impact of decentralization on local governance in Mali is examined, using the case of land allocation in the rural municipality of Sanankoroba. Problems include lack of finance, poor accountability, elite capture, corruption, and vote catching. Author(s): Djiré, Moussa Source(s): , Issue paper / Drylands programme, International institute for environment and development (IIED); 130…