Citizen voice and state accountability : towards theories of change that embrace contextual dynamics

Abstract: The question of ‘what works under what circumstances’ informs this study of citizen voice and accountability in different governance contexts in Africa. One key factor is finding the right incentives to mobilize citizens’ voice while also generating incentives for government institutions. Author(s): Tembo, Fletcher Source(s): , Working paper / Overseas development institute; 343 vi,…

Review of the Commonwealth local government good practice scheme

Abstract: The Good Practice Scheme partnered councils and local government associations from Jamaica, India, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Ghana with their counterparts in South Africa, India and the UK with the objective to exchange good practice and generate innovative solutions. Author(s): Duchnowski, Rachael Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance (CJLG); 10 p.…

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…

Global uncertainties : security in an Africa of networked, multi-level governance

Abstract: This research programme (2009-2012) of conflict management in Africa is built on the observation that all governance (esp. in Africa) is multi-levelled and networked – from the village to the international organisation, and well beyond what is specified in formal government structures. Author(s): IDS Source(s): , Published: 2012 Institute of development studies (IDS), Brighton…

Strengthening social capital : the GoBifo approach in rural Sierra Leone

Abstract: Gobifo is a community-driven development (CDD) project, which supports decentralization and increases village-level social capital by disbursing block grants directly into community development accounts to support health, education, agriculture, infrastructure and income-generation projects. Author(s): Sesay, Sullay; Baltissen, Gerard; Manyeh, Morie Source(s): , 70 p., ill., maps, 23 cm Published: 2011 KIT, Amsterdam (English ISBN/ISSN:…

Reshaping institutions : evidence on external aid and local collective action

Abstract: The extent to which GoBifo, a World Bank funded CDD project in rural Sierra Leone, improved local governance was assessed. It was successful in creating village-level organizations and tools, strengthened local public goods infrastructure, but there were no gains in social capital. Author(s): Casey, Katherine; Glennerster, Rachel; Miguel, Edward Source(s): , 40 p., ill.,…

Yes Africa can : success stories from a dynamic continent

Abstract: This book with success stories from Africa contains two chapters on different aspects of local governance from Sierra Leone (post-conflict recontruction) and Rwanda (health financing). Author(s): Chuhan-Pole, Punam; Angwafo, Manka Source(s): , xiii, 477 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published: 2011 World bank, Washington, DC (English ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-8213-8746-7/ Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1596/978-0-8213-8745-0