R4D : research for development

Abstract: R4D is a free access on-line portal containing the latest information about research funded by DFID, including details of current and past research in over 30,000 project and document records. Themes include agriculture, education, health, governance and conflict, food security, and social change. Author(s): DFID Source(s): , Published: 2012 Department for international development (DFID),…

Agricultural commodities that respect land rights and food security : how to include land governance issues in sustainable commodity standards?

Abstract: The private sector has clear responsibilities for respecting land rights, including companies involved in investment, production and in the supply chain. The article uses case histories from Indonesia (palm oil) and Uganda to show how sustainable commodity standards may trigger that responsibility. Author(s): Man, Reinier De Source(s): , 29 p. Published: 2012 World bank,…

Equalising sub-national governments’ spending needs in a developing country : the case of Tanzania

Abstract: Many countries use fiscal equalization to alleviate fiscal disparities created by decentralization. Application of a new method to estimate spending needs of local governments in developing countries shows that many Tanzanian districts are underfunded for health services. Author(s): RU Groningen Source(s): , 30 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2011 Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RuG), [Groningen (English…

Ensuring equitable distribution of land in Ghana : spirituality or policy? : a case study from the forest-savanna agroecological zone of Ghana

Abstract: The question of equitable distribution of land in forest-savannah zone of Ghana was investigated with a focus on the dichotomy of policy versus indigenous spirituality. The effectiveness of past land registration attempts is also examined. Generally, religio-cultural aspects must be factored in. Author(s): Awuah-Nyamekye, Samuel; Sarfo-Mensah, Paul Source(s): , The International indigenous policy journal.…

UNU school for land administration studies

Abstract: The School for Land Administration Studies aims to provide support in the area of land policy and land policy instruments through education and capacity building, research, advisory services, and expert meetings. Land policy determines access to land for food production and poverty alleviation. Author(s): Universiteit Twente Source(s): , Published: 2011 University of Twente. Faculty…

Making local government work : an activist’s guide

Abstract: Guidelines for grassroots action to hold local governments to account are presented. To create accountable, just and effective local government it is important that communities take action. It is necessary for them to demand to participate in consultations and decision-making processes. Author(s): McNeil, Claire; Heywood, Mark; Dugard, Jackie; Hope, P.J. Source(s): , x, 110…