Local Organizations in Decentralized Development : Their Functions and Performance in India

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Author(s): Alsop, Ruth; Kurey, Bryan

Publisher: World Bank, Washington, DC (English)

Description: Local organizations have become key mechanisms in effective, fair, and sustainable resource management and development in India. However, the support for local organizations is often little more than rudimentary.

Link: http://go.worldbank.org/JGIR9UKHR0

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Institutional Change and Its Impact on the Poor and Excluded : The Indian Decentralisation Experience

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Author(s): Narayana, D.

Publisher: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) : And ILO, Paris Etc. (English)

Description: The impact of decentralization in India on poverty reduction is far from straightforward. It depends on overall policy commitment and the capacity of societies to mobilize themselves empowered by schooling, newspaper readership, and self-help participation.

Link: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/16/13/34359085.pdf

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Rivalry or Synergy? : Formal and Informal Local Governance in Rural India

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Author(s): AnanthPur, Kripa

Publisher: University of Sussex. Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton (English)

Description: This paper discusses the role of informal local governance institutions in village governance and service delivery in India. It assesses the ways in which they interact with Grama Panchayats, and examines the implications of their existence and role for local democracy.

Link: http://www.ids.ac.uk/download.cfm?file=wp226.pdf

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Decentralisation and Community-Based Planning

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Author(s): Goldman, Ian

Publisher: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London (English)

Description: Community Based Planning (CBP) as a means of promoting community involvement in development projects, and ensuring stronger linkages between community and local government, is assessed. Tips for trainers are included.

Link: http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/9312IIED.pdf

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

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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 in which leadership is reserved for women have more public goods.

Link: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/793

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Democratization and the Distribution of Local Public Goods in a Poor Rural Economy

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Author(s): Foster, Andrew D.; Rosenzweig, Mark R.

Publisher: Brown University, Providence, RI (English)

Description: A study from India finds that local democratization appears to serve the interests of the poor. The study model is applied to a data set from rural India that includes detailed information on economic conditions, public good stocks, local political structure, and revenue-raising authority.

Link: http://adfdell.pstc.brown.edu/papers/democ.pdf

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Grounding the State : Poverty, Inequality and the Politics of Governance in India’s Panchayats

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Author(s): Johnson, Craig; Deshingkar, Priya; Start, Daniel

Publisher: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London (English)

Description: This report shows that although the Government of Andhra Pradesh has not devolved power to the same extent, its populist approach to certain forms of poverty reduction has empowered the poor in ways that the more ambitious decentralization agenda in Madhya Pradesh has not.

Link: http://www.odi.org.uk/publications/working_papers/wp226.pdf

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Devolution As a Threat to Democratic Decision-Making in Forestry? : Findings from Three States in India

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Author(s): Sarin, Madhu; Singh, Neera M.; Sundar, Nandini; Bhogal, Ranu K.

Publisher: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London (English)

Description: The conflict between the state devolution policy of Joint Forest Management and the exercise of democratic local control over forest management in India is examined with regard to livelihood and forest quality improvement.

Link: http://www.odi.org.uk/publications/working_papers/wp197.pdf

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Do Poor People Benefit Less from Decentralization?

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Author(s): Krishna, Anirudh

Publisher: All Academic, Eugene, OR (English)

Description: Can decentralization benefit the poor? Data from India suggest excluded groups should be empowered by education and information about their rights and about the processes of local government.

Link: http://citation.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/0/6/4/0/3/pages64036/p64036-1.php

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Fostering Community-Driven Development : What Role for the State?

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Author(s): Das Gupta, Monica; Grandvoinnet, Helene; Romani, Mattia

Publisher: World Bank, Washington, DC (English)

Description: State development strategies for more effectively tapping community-level energies and resources are examined, using case studies from Asia and Latin America. One approach is to form alliances between higher levels of government and communities to put pressure on local authorities.

Link: http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/IW3P/IB/2003/02/22/000094946_03020604113086/Rendered/PDF/multi0page.pdf

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