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Our Resource Guide on Governance issues concentrates on research relating to democratic governance, fragile states, institutional development, justice, good governance, public sector & service delivery and urban governance.

 

Are we heading towards more open government?
People in gap
M. Henley / Panos Pictures
Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. In this issue of the Institute of Development Studies’ Bulletin – an open access publication – articles review recent research which explore contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance.

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In search of the solution to farmer–pastoralist conflicts in Tanzania
G.E. Massay / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
Land-use conflict is not a new phenomenon for pastoralists and farmers in Tanzania with murders, the killing of livestock and the loss of property as a consequence of this conflict featuring in the news for many years now. Var...
Social accountabilty initatives in health and nutrition: lessons from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
N. Nisbett; N. Ahmed; S. Deshpande; F. Feruglio / Institute of Development Studies UK 2017
South Asia is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population and is a region of dynamic economic growth, yet it performs relatively poorly on health and nutrition indicators. As a potential route towards addressing th...
Why isn’t tech for accountability working in Africa?
I. de Lanerolle / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
Expanding mobile networks and falling costs could transform communication between African citizens and governments. So far, however, attempts to harness new technologies to improve transparency and accountability in Africa and...
Reducing child undernutrition: past drivers and priorities for the post-MDG era
L.C. Smith; L. Haddad / World Development 2017
Reducing child undernutrition is gaining high priority on the international development agenda in the post-MDG agenda, both as a maker and marker of development. In this paper, the authors use data from 1970 to 2012 for 116 countries,...
A review of government programmes for women and children in India: implications for nutrition during the Thousand Day Period
S. Khandelwal; R. Dayal; S. Bhalla; T. Paul / The Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014
The current Maternal and Child Health Nutrition (MCHN) statistics from India reflect poorly on the existing Government schemes. Experts recognize the conception of two year period (the first 1000 days) as a critical window of opportun...
Championing nutrition: effective leadership for action
N. Nisbett; E. Wach; L. Haddad / International Food Policy Research Institute 2016
The calls for strong leadership in the fight against global and national malnutrition have multiplied during the past decade. The role of nutrition champions in advocating for nutrition, formulating policies, and coordinating and impl...
Energy challenges in Southern Africa: balancing renewable energy source options in the Democratic Republic Of Congo
A. Maupin / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
The building of most large dams in Africa dates back decades. However, since the beginning of the 21st century there has been a revival in the building of large-scale hydropower projects,and the Grand Inga project in the Democ...
Stories of change in nutrition: an overview
S. Gillespie; M. van den Bold / Global Food Security - journal 2017
After a period of relative success in generating political momentum to address malnutrition, there is an increasing urgency to focus on implementation and impact on the ground. This requires better documentation of the experiences of ...
Beyond Weber: conceptualizing an alternative ideal type of bureaucracy in developing contexts
Y.Y. Ang / Social Science Research Network 2017
The study of public administration in developing countries needs to look beyond the Weberian model as the only ideal-type of bureaucracy. When it is assumed that there exists only one gold standard of public administration, all other ...
Rethinking infrastructure in Africa: a governance approach
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
Infrastructure deficits have long been recognised as being central to Africa’s developmental malaise. This paper looks at the state of the continent’s infrastructure, with a focus on the actions that governments can take to ...
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