Analyzing the Evolution and Effectiveness of Participatory Institutions in Brazil

Since Brazil adopted a new constitution in 1988, a significant development of participatory institutions – such as participatory budgeting and a variety of policy councils – has been taking place to create opportunities for citizens to participate in policy making, implementation, and evolution. Are these participatory institutions actually making a difference? In the event “Social…

Free Online Course: Municipal Finances

The application for the free online course “Municipal Finances – A Learning Program for Local Government” (March 31 2014 – May 23 2014) is now available as part of the E-Institute organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI). The training will focus on the perspective of local governments and will provide how-to instruments to improve…

Report Launch at World Bank

Experts from the World Bank met on January 28, 2014 for the Launch of the 2013 State of Participatory Democracy Report. The event was held in a conference room of the World Bank in Washington, DC. Our Executive Vice President, John Coonrod led the meeting, and we were delighted to receive excellent comments and recommendations…

Can participation be induced? : some evidence from developing countries

Abstract: The effectiveness of the World Bank´s multi-billion dollar investment in participatory development projects is examined. While these projects improved access to basic services, they were less effective in improving income or in building sustainable participatory institutions at the local level. Author(s): Mansuri, Ghazala; Rao, Vijayendra Source(s): , Policy research working paper; WPS 6139 25…

Scaling up in agriculture, rural development, and nutrition : moving local- and community-driven development from boutique to large scale

Abstract: Scaling up an LCDD program generally takes 10 to 15 years. The overall process is nonlinear, iterative and should use a systems perspective. Scaling up has many dimensions, including inclusiveness and the need to go beyond participation by embedding empowerment in the entire development process. Author(s): Binswanger-Mkhize, Hans P.; Regt, Jacomina P. De Source(s):…

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.,…