This review looks at how and when do donor policies and initiatives for social inclusion in local governance processes and institutions really work to improve the lives of the poor. It seeks to review and organise a vast array of existing literature and empirical evidence documenting innovative experiences carried forward by SDC and other donors.
This guide was compiled as an orientation aid to facilitate both the assessement as well as the implementation of decentralization projects. It points out opportunities as well as risks and how SDC can cope with these.
This document highlights definitions and concepts around decentralisation and local governance. Its intention is to further a common understanding of these concepts within SDC and to support capacity-building activities.
The Worldwide Governance Indicators described in this booklet are one contribution to empirical research aimed at measuring governance, monitoring country progress, understanding the causes and consequences of good governance for development, and learning from successes and failures. They have been compiled between1996 and 2006 and measure the quality of governance in over 200 countries, based on 33 data sources produced by 30 different organizations worldwide.
Political decentralization is the primary mechanism through which citizen preferences are represented in the decision making, and is therefore essential to an effective system of decentralization. The purpose of this note is to elucidate components of a well-designed political decentralization system and is aimed to assist task teams and stakeholders to evaluate political decentralization effort in any given country.
Local governments need to be endowed with administrative autonomy to be able to respond to local needs effectively.
The purpose of this note is to clarify components of a well-designed administrative decentralization system and to
assist task teams and stakeholders to assess administrative decentralization effort in any given country.
This guide combines a discussion of theoretical/conceptual issues relating to local governance with a review of past and ongoing local governance assessment initiatives.
This publication aims to summarize and disseminate the results of a UNDP network e-discussion entitled “Towards a Local Governance and Development Agenda: Lessons and Challenges”, which gathered more than 150 local governance practitioners at the end of 2007.
This document articulates the framework for guiding future initiatives and programmes on local governance and local development and highlights how best to integrate the proposed LGLD approach at the country programme level
Since the 1990s, the World Bank has devoted an increasing
share of its financing to support its client countries’ decentralisation efforts. To assess the results of such interventions, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) reviewed Bank support for decentralisation in 20 developing countries between fiscal years 1990 and 2007.
This article focuses on key governance challenges related to addressing gaps in urban service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa. In order to do this, it presents case studies from Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.
This Note provides guidance to country offices on how to operationalise a holistic approach to the design, implementation and monitoring of Decentralised Governance for Development (DGD) initiatives in areas where it is believed UNDP can make a difference.
This document represents the compilation of the most participatory E-discussion in UNDP networks since their establishment in 1998. The Democratic Governance Practice Network received 153 substantive contributions over a period of two months, coming from a broad variety of organisations accross several continents.