Decentralization and Democratic Local Governance Programming Handbook

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Author(s): Bland, Gary

Publisher: United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. Office of Democracy and Governance, Washington, DC (English)

Description: This handbook serves as a practical guide to USAID officers who are faced with the task of developing program activities in the areas of decentralization and democratic local governance. It provides a conceptual framework and guidance for choosing successful programming strategies.


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Enhancing Participation in Local Governance : Experiences from the Philippines

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Author(s): Mercaida, Enrique G.

Publisher: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) Etc., Silang Etc. (English)

Description: This source book on decentralization, devolution, participation and governance shares results in public sector reform and highlights successful experiences in health service delivery, natural resources management and the promotion of local economic development.


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Decentralizing Agricultural Extension : Lessons and Good Practice

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Author(s): Alex, Gary

Publisher: World Bank. Rural Development Family. Agricultural Knowledge &Amp; Information Systems (AKIS), Washington, DC (English)

Description: Field extension advisory services are well suited to decentralized approaches, but a comprehensive extension system requires a range of extension support services and programs, some of which (strategy formulation, training, M&E) are often best carried out at the central level.


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Making Decentralization Accountable : A Framework for Analysis and Empirical Studies from South Asia and West Africa : Paper Submitted to Comparative Politics

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Author(s): Agrawal, Arun; Ribot, Jesse C.

Publisher: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (English)

Description: A framework for examining the degree to which decentralizations are being carried out is described. Most decentralization efforts end up without increasing much the powers of local authorities or peoples. Since 1917, francophone West Africa has seen at least four distinct waves.


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Responding to Citizens’ Needs : Local Governance and Social Services for All : Report

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Author(s): Rosenbaum, Allan; Svensson, Arne

Publisher: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Etc., New York, NY Etc. (English)

Description: This forum was held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2-5 May 2000, for representatives of national governments, local authorities, civil society organizations and United Nations agencies to share experiences and best practices in local governance for sustainable human development.


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Decentralisation and Poverty Reduction : Elaborating the Linkages

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Author(s): Bossuyt, Jean; Gould, Jeremy

Publisher: European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) Etc., Maastricht Etc. (English)

Description: The contribution of decentralization to poverty reduction is examined and the added value of local governments in poverty reduction strategies is assessed, using cases from Ethiopia, Guinea and Mozambique.


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Towards Good Governance at the Local Level : The Role of Grassroots Institutions

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Author(s): Wit, Joop De

Publisher: Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (English)

Description: This paper argues that good governance efforts should be aimed at the local, municipal level. Unfortunately, local government is often very weak in terms of capacity, finance, and elite capture.


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