Decentralisation and Engendering Democracy : Lessons from Local Government Reform in South Africa

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Beall, Jo Publisher: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Development Studies Institute (DESTIN). Crisis States Research Centre (CSRC), London (English) Description: The paper shows how competing interests remain clustered around local government in ways that tend to exclude women. It also suggests that South African women do not have… Read More

Unappreciated Service : Performance, Perceptions, and Women : Leaders in India

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Duflo, Esther; Topalova, Petia Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Department of Economics, Cambridge, MA (English) Description: This study explores the impact of reservations for women in the Panchayat system in India on the performance of policy makers and on voters perceptions of this performance. The study finds that overall, villages… Read More

Enhancing Women’s Participation : Learning from Field Experience

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Guggenheim, Scott E.; Diprose, Rachael; Stokes, Kristen Publisher: World Bank Office Jakarta, Jakarta (English) Description: This book is intended to help enhance the participation of women in Kecamatan Development Program (KDP) and other community driven development programs, using village and kecamatan facilitators KDP is a Government of Indonesia program aimed at… Read More

Decentralisation in Madhya Pradesh, India : From Panchayati Raj to Gram Swaraj (1995-2001)

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Behar, Amitabh; Kumar, Yogesh Publisher: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London (English) Description: This paper seeks to evaluate the Panchayat system, based on its first six years of operation. It notes that the participation of women in Panchayat councils has improved due to reservation; however, efforts to improve the performance of women… Read More

Local Governance and Production Programme (LGPP) in Bangladesh : Project Document

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Barkat, Abul Publisher: Human Development Research Centre (HDRC), Dhaka (English) Description: This is the initiation report of a SIDA project to help reduce poverty by promoting local economic development and undertaking interventions that directly assist in the social and economic empowerment of the poor. It includes supporting democratic processes and gender… Read More

Making Services Work for Poor People

RTI Bibliographic reference Author(s): Devarajan, Shantayanan; Reinikka, Ritva Publisher: World Bank Group, Washington, DC (English) Description: The framework outlined in this paper provides a way to examine options for improving the outcome of public services for the poor. The different examples all improved outcomes by addressing aspects of the relationships between policymaker, service provider, and… Read More