Allocation of Government Authority and Responsibility in Tiered Governance Systems : The Case of Environment-Related Laws in Zimbabwe

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Mandondo, Alois; Mapedza, Everisto Publisher: World Resources Institute, Washington, DC (English) Description: The political economy of the allocation of legal powers over natural resource management between the Zimbabwean State, rural district councils and local communities is examined with special attention to citizen empowerment. Link: Imported from id 554013 Rec 92… Read More

Democratization and Local Governance in Nigeria Since 1999

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Gboyega, Alex Publisher: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (English) Description: The history of decentralization in Nigeria is reviewed. It is argued that civil society organizations in Africa are too small to be able to take over the role of local governments in all respects. Instead, it is better to reform local governments.… Read More

Democratic Decentralization of Natural Resources : Institutionalizing Popular Participation

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Ribot, Jesse C. Publisher: World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington, DC (English) Description: The degree to which natural resource decentralizations have taken place and their measurable social and environmental outcomes are examined, using cases from a number of countries on forestry, wildlife, and water management. Link: Imported from id 648641 Rec… Read More

Decentralization, Trends and Constraints

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Walle, John Van Der Publisher: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam (English) Description: The interrelationships between the concepts of decentralization, good governance, local government, democratization, local governance, civil society, and participation are described. Recent trends and developments in decentralization are explained in relation to poverty reduction. Link:,-John-van-der-(2002)-Decentralization,-trends-and-constraints Imported from id 694328… Read More

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

RTI Bibliographic reference 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. Link: Imported from id 501364 Rec 39 Lines… Read More

Decentralization Briefing Notes

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Litvack, Jennie; Seddon, Jessica; Ahmad, Junaid Publisher: World Bank Institute (WBI), Washington, DC (English) Description: These overviews cover decentralization issues such as: rationale for decentralization; political, fiscal, and administrative aspects; participation; transfers and grants; capacity building; service delivery in health, education, water supply and infrastructure; and, equity and transparency. Link:… Read More

Promoting Local Economic Development Through Strategic Planning

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Publisher: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Etc., Nairobi Etc. (English) Description: The Local Economic Development (LED) series is a resource for local governments, businesses and civil society organizations to help them initiate and implement local economic development interventions through a strategic planning process. Link: Imported from id 679941 Rec… Read More