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Decentralisation & local government

Considering approaches to decentralisation as a means to increasing democracy and citizen participation. Local government as a key part of the democratisation process.

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Ethnic diversity, segregation, and ethnocentric trust in Africa
A. L. Robinson / Afrobarometer 2016
Ethnic diversity is generally associated with less social capital and lower levels of trust. However, most empirical evidence for this relationship is focused on generalized trust, rather than more theoretically ap ...
Regional integration for Africa: Could stronger public support turn 'rhetoric into reality'?
M. Olapade; E.E. Selormey; H. Gninafon / Afrobarometer 2016
Regional integration has been a development strategy for Africa for decades. The African Economic Community’s founding treaty in 1991 provided a framework targeting full political and economic integration by 2019. Many African co...
Is community-based natural resource management in Botswana viable?
R. Chevallier; R. Harvey / South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
If Botswana is to continue its success story as an African anomaly, it will have to manage its transition to a less diamond-dependent economy skilfully. Until alternative and new sources of economic growth can be found, eco-to...
Focus on barangay economic development
R.F. Lavado; A.S. Layug; I.M.T. Pantig / Philippine Institute for Development Studies 2009
As the barangay is considered to be the local government unit closest to the people in terms of access and proximity, its role in local service delivery cannot be undermined. Hence, it is important for a barangay to learn how to maxim...
Mainstreaming disaster risk management in local governments
G.M. Llanto / Philippine Institute for Development Studies 2011
The Philippines` geographical location makes it a disaster-prone country. In the Southeast Asian region, it ranks the highest in terms of the multiple climate hazard index measure. Given that the country`s local communities take the b...
Topic Guide: Developing regional infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Unblocking constraints and enabling effective policy intervention
D. Willem te Velde (ed); J. Tyson (ed); A. Steele (ed) / Evidence on Demand 2015
Developing infrastructure enables structural transformation, which accelerates economic growth and reduces poverty. This is of particular importance in South Asia and Africa, where the lack of regional infrastructure is constraining e...
Decentralisation and Local Government: Topic Guide
Z. Scott (ed); S. Rao (ed) / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre 2014
Estimates suggest that decentralisation is being pursued in over 80% of developing countries worldwide. For many people, local government is the part of government that most directly impacts on their lives, particularly via the provis...
The National Solidarity Programme: assessing the effects of community-driven development in Afghanistan
United Nations University 2014
This paper describes the results of an impact evaluation of the National Solidarity Programme, a community-driven development programme in Afghanistan that created democratic village councils and funded small-scale development project...
Paper demonstrating the need for mainstreaming climate change into multi-level development plans
S. Chinvanno; V. Kerdsuk / Asia Pacific Adaptation Network 2013
With a focus on Thailand and south-east Asia, this paper argues that the current process of ‘predict-then-act’ climate change adaptation is inherently flawed. The uncertain nature of climate change predictions can lead to ...
Considering the development of political order in Somalia
D.K. Leonard; M. Samantar / Wiley Online Library 2013
The reconstruction of Somalia was envisaged to be built upon a new social contract, which should be negotiated between the superordinate body and the local units of governance. This paper shows that while the founding leaders in north...
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