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GAPortal Feed: Local governance http://gaportal.org/feeds/local%20governance en Measuring and Strengthening Local Governance Capacity: The Local Governance Barometer http://gaportal.org/resources/detail/measuring-and-strengthening-local-governance-capacity-the-local-governance-barometer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-imgupld"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_imgupld" width="537" height="625" alt="" src="http://gaportal.org/sites/default/files/measure_strength_local_gov_capa_local_gov_barometer_USAID_2007.png?1389781000" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pubproducer"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Producer:&nbsp;</div> USAID </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-year"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Publication year:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">2007</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> USAID </div> </div> </div> <p>The Local Governance Barometer (LGB) was developed in 2006 to describe, analyze, and understand local governance situations. The LGB model introduces 22 assessment sub-criteria grouped under five main criteria of good governance: effectiveness, transparency and rule of law, accountability, participation, and equity, then these specific indicators are to be adapted to specific local contexts. The method of assessment consists of separate focus group discussions. </p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNADK250.pdf">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-2498'></div> effectiveness English equality Framework good governance local governance Local Governance and Decentralization rule-of-law transparency Inter-Governmental Organization Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:29:00 +0000 GAPortal 7516 at http://gaportal.org Governance for Citizen Security in Latin America:Promoting Citizen-Centered Security through South-South Cooperation l Brasília 2012 http://gaportal.org/events/detail/governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america-developing-south-south-cooperation-to-manage-knowle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-imgupld"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_imgupld" width="691" height="370" alt="" src="http://gaportal.org/sites/default/files/Workshop_photo_participants.png?1371649901" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-end"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> End Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Oct 09, 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brazil </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-event-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Location:&nbsp;</div> Brasília, Brazil </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> Gaportal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-undp-event"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> UNDP Event:&nbsp;</div> UNDP event </div> </div> </div> <p>Over two days in October 2012, 60 government officials, academics, members of the police, security specialists, members of civil society and UNDP staff from various countries in the region gathered in  Brasília, Brazil, to exchange experiences, discuss <em>Governance for Citizen Security in Latin America</em>  and learn from one another while creating networks for south-south cooperation.</p> <h3> Background</h3> <p>In spite of remarkable achievements in economic development as well as democracy, peace and stability in traditional terms in the last decades in the region, most Latin American countries face important challenges related to extreme socio-economic inequalities and increasing levels of internal threats to the security of their citizens. With the highest rate of homicides in the world as a region, citizen security is still currently a major issue in Latin America. Yet, this is also the region which has created the most innovative approaches to understand, monitor, and tackle security matters with a holistic vision, realizing the general failure of restrictive “mano dura” policies to develop more inclusive, participatory and governance-oriented solutions. Certain countries of the region have become leading pioneers in implementing governance approaches to citizen security, which could greatly benefit other countries of the region as well as beyond.<br /><br /> To make the most of these rich experiences and strengthen mechanisms for knowledge sharing and South-South support in the field of citizen security, <a href="http://www.pnud.org.br/">UNDP-Brazil</a>, <a href="http://web.undp.org/latinamerica/">UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC)</a>, <a href="http://www.regionalcentrelac-undp.org/">the Panama Regional Centre</a> and <a href="http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/ourwork/democraticgovernance/oslo_governance_centre/">the Oslo Governance Centre (OGC)</a> proposed this event. The event created a space for exchange of information, experiences and lessons learned, as well as joint effort towards a better understanding of existing capacities and resources in the region and a sustainable South-South cooperation system to optimize the achieved and future progress in the area.</p> <h3 class="rtejustify"> Main Objectives</h3> <p>The regional meeting was organized with the following objectives in mind:</p> <ul><li> Provide a forum for exchange of experiences and learning in the area of citizen security from a democratic governance perspective;</li> <li> Showcase innovative and replicable practices promoted by UNDP as well as governments and civil society organizations on democratic governance approaches to citizen security;</li> <li> Identify good practices and ways for improvement in the assessment/monitoring of citizen security with a governance perspective;</li> <li> Provide a forum for South-South cooperation, by promoting intra-regional fertilization on democratic governance practices, including governance monitoring practices, for citizen security;</li> <li> Produce a Discussion Paper on Citizen Security to be shared with governments, academics and development practitioners in LAC and other regions through the Global South-South development Academy, an initiative of the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation</li> </ul> <h3 class="rtejustify"> Participants</h3> <p>Participants included UN/UNDP staff working on citizen security and democratic governance, national partners from government, civil society and academia from Brazil, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Indonesia..</p> <h3> Resources</h3> <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="height:198px;width:724px;"><thead><tr><th style="width:150px;"> <h5 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/concept-note-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="font-size:1em;font-weight:bold;color:rgb(46,126,153);text-decoration:underline;">Concept Note</a></h5> </th> <th style="width:180px;"> <h5 class="rtecenter" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:18px;"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/agenda-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="color:rgb(46,126,153);text-decoration:underline;">Agenda</a></h5> </th> <th class="rtecenter" style="width:172px;"> <h5 class="rtecenter" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:18px;"> <u style="font-family:inherit;font-size:1em;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;line-height:inherit;"><a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/democratic-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="color:rgb(46,126,153);">Workshop Report</a></u></h5> </th> <th class="rtecenter" style="width:172px;"> <h5 class="rtecenter" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:18px;"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/participant-list-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:bold;line-height:18px;color:rgb(46,126,153);text-decoration:underline;">Participant List</a></h5> </th> </tr></thead><tbody><tr><td class="rtecenter" style="width:180px;"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/concept-note-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:18px;color:rgb(46,126,153);text-decoration:underline;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/concept_note_workshop_citizen_security_las_undp_2012.PNG" style="border-width:1px;border-style:solid;width:100px;height:130px;" /></a></td> <td class="rtecenter" style="width:162px;"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/agenda-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:18px;color:rgb(46,126,153);text-decoration:underline;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/agenda_reg_workshop_citizen_security_las_brasilia_2012_0.PNG" style="border-width:1px;border-style:solid;height:95px;width:100px;" /></a></td> <td class="rtecenter" style="width:172px;"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/democratic-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:18px;color:rgb(46,126,153);text-decoration:underline;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/demo_gov_citizen_security_las_workshopreport_2012.PNG" style="border-width:1px;border-style:solid;width:100px;height:130px;" /></a></td> <td class="rtecenter" style="width:172px;"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/participant-list-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america" style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:18px;color:rgb(46,126,153);text-decoration:underline;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Workshop_particpantlist_citizen_security_brasilia_2012.PNG" style="border-width:1px;border-style:solid;width:100px;height:95px;" /></a></td> </tr></tbody></table> <h3> Presentations included the following </h3> <div>  </div> <h2 style="text-align:justify;"> DAY 1</h2> <h4 style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"> <strong><span style="color:rgb(74,75,76);">Setting the Stage: Debate on the Value of South-South Cooperation to Manage Knowledge and Promote Innovative Approaches to Citizen Security</span></strong></h4> <ul style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"><li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/abc-apresentacao-sul-sul">"Apresentação Sul-Sul"</a>, Wófsi Yuri de Souza,Manager, General Coordination of Bilateral Technical Assistance, ABC - Brazil</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/un-platforms-for-south-south-cooperation-ppt-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-la">"UN platforms for South-South Cooperation"</a>, Ines Tofalo, UNDP</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/es/resources/detail/estrategia-de-cooperacion-sur-sur-de-la-policia-nacional-de-nicaragua-ppt-encuentro-regional-goberna">"Estrategia de Cooperación Sur – Sur de la Policía Nacional de Nicaragua"</a>, Maria Nelly Rivas, UNDP/PNUD</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/bancos-de-dados-de-experiencias-inovadoras-sistematizando-e-compartilhando-sabers-ppt-encontro-regio">"Bancos de Dados de Experiências Inovadoras - Sistematizando e compartilhando Sabers</a>", Jacqueline Brigagao</li> </ul> <h4> <strong><span style="color:rgb(74,75,76);">THEME 1: Identifying and Disseminating Local Governance Experience in Citizen Security</span></strong></h4> <ul><li> <span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:15.454545021057129px;"><a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/gobernabilidad-local-y-seguridad-ciudadana-conocimiento-para-la-accion">"Gobernabilidad Local y Seguridad Ciudadana: Conocimiento para la Acción"</a>, </span><span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;">Prof. Hector Riveros, Colombia</span></li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/processo-participativo-para-planejamento-de-politicas-a-nivel-local-em-contagem-ppt-encontro-regiona">"Processo participativo para planejamento de políticas a nível local em Contagem</a>", Claudia Ocellii, MG Brazil</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/es/resources/detail/seguridad-en-la-bogota-colombia-ppt-encuentro-regional-gobernabilidad-en-seguridad-ciudadana-en-amer">"Seguridad en la Bogota,Humana "</a>, Guillermo Asprilla Coronado, Secretario Distrital de Gobierno, Bogotá D.C., Colombia.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/node/7236">"Municipios libres de armas Santa Tecla - El Salvador"</a>, Franklin Martinez, Concejal de seguridad ciudadana, Municipio de Santa Tecla</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/a-iniciativa-papo-de-responsa-ppt-encontro-regional-governanca-e-seguranca-cidada-na-america-latina">"A iniciativa Papo de Responsa"</a>, Beto Chavez, Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil</li> </ul> <h2 style="text-align:justify;"> DAY 2</h2> <h4 style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"> <strong><span style="color:rgb(74,75,76);">THEME 2: Ensuring Inclusive Information Systems to Improve Policy-Making in Citizen Security</span></strong></h4> <ul><li> "<span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"><a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/regional-system-of-standardized-indicators-on-peaceful-coexistence-and-citizen-security-ppt-regional">Regional System of Standardized Indicators on Peaceful Coexistence and Citizen Security"</a>, </span><span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;">Juan Pablo Gordillo, CISALVA</span></li> <li> <span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/subsistema-nacional-de-informacion-de-gobierno-seguridad-publica-e-imparticion-de-justicia-ppt-encue">"</a></span><span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"><a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/subsistema-nacional-de-informacion-de-gobierno-seguridad-publica-e-imparticion-de-justicia-ppt-encue">Subsistema Nacional de Información de Gobierno, Seguridad Pública e Impartición de Justicia</a> - Mexico</span><span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"><a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/subsistema-nacional-de-informacion-de-gobierno-seguridad-publica-e-imparticion-de-justicia-ppt-encue">"</a>, </span><span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;">Edgar Guerrero Centeno, General Direction of Government, Public Security and Justice Statistics, INEGI</span></li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/elaboracion-y-proceso-de-implementacion-politica-integral-y-sostenible-de-seguridad-ciudadana-y-prom">"Elaboración y proceso de implementación: Política Integral y Sostenible de Seguridad Ciudadana y Promoción de la Paz Social- Costa Rica</a>", Roberto Gallardo, Minister of Planning of Costa Rica</li> <li> <a href="http://gaportal.org/resources/detail/tres-experiencias-academicas-de-evaluacion-de-la-seguridad-ciudadana-mexico-ppt-encuentro-regional-g">"Tres experiencias académicas de evaluación de la seguridad ciudadana - Mexico"</a>, Juan Salgado, Profesor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/ciudades-seguras-onu-mujeres-quito-ecuador-gender-based-indicators-on-citizen-security-in-quito-ecua">"Ciudades Seguras ONU Mujeres, Quito, Ecuador,"</a> <span style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11.818181991577148px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;">Elizabeth Arauz, UN Women Ecuador and Beatriz Jarrín, Municipality of Quito, Ecuador</span></li> </ul> <h4 style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"> <strong><span style="color:rgb(74,75,76);">THEME 3: Promoting Institutional Reform for Citizen Security</span></strong></h4> <ul><li> "<a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/seguridad-ciudadana-en-nicaragua-ppt-encuentro-regional-gobernabilidad-en-seguridad-ciudadana-en-ame">Seguridad Ciudadana en Nicaragua</a><u><a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/seguridad-ciudadana-en-nicaragua-ppt-encuentro-regional-gobernabilidad-en-seguridad-ciudadana-en-ame">"</a></u>, General Commissioner Francisco Javier Díaz Madriz, General Sub-Director of the National Police of Nicaragua</li> <li> "<a href="http://gaportal.org/resources/detail/formando-ciudadania-alrededor-del-sistema-de-seguridad-publica-y-justicia-penal-mexico-ppt-encuentro">Formando Ciudadanía Alrededor del Sistema de Seguridad pública y Justicia Penal - Mexico"</a> , Alejandro González Gómez, President of the Judiciary of Michoacán, Mexico</li> </ul> <h4 style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:16.363636016845703px;"> <strong><font color="#4a4b4c">Additional Presentations</font></strong></h4> <ul><li> <a href="http://gaportal.org/resources/detail/indonesian-democracy-index-ppt-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen-security-in-latin-america">"Indonesian Democracy Index</a>", BAPPENAS et al.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.gaportal.org/resources/detail/caribbean-human-development-report-on-citizen-security-ppt-regional-workshop-governance-for-citizen">"Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security"</a>, UNDP - Barbados Subregional Office</li> </ul> <p> </p> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-9134'></div> brasilia12 caribbean citizen security democracy English Español latin america local governance Português workshop Workshop Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:58:21 +0000 GAPortal 7227 at http://gaportal.org Rwanda on the right track in local governance http://gaportal.org/news/detail/rwanda-on-the-right-track-in-local-governance <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rwanda </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 05/29/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> The Rwanda Focus </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:17.15625px;">An assessment of Local Democracy and Local Governance has shown that Rwanda is on the right track in as far as the promotion of good governance and service delivery is concerned.</span></p> <p><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;line-height:17.15625px;">(...)</span></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://focus.rw/wp/2013/05/rwanda-on-the-right-track-in-local-governance/">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-6985'></div> africa English local governance Local Governance and Decentralization rwanda African Governance Assessment Platform (AfriGAP) Wed, 29 May 2013 10:23:09 +0000 GAPortal 7173 at http://gaportal.org Video l Rewiring Government for Openness, Connection & Choice http://gaportal.org/news/detail/video-l-rewiring-government-for-openness-connection-choice <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 02/27/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> Opengovpartnership.org </div> </div> </div> <p><br /> Susan Crawford and Beth Noveck in conversation at Social Media Week New York 2013 about open government, social media and technology. Towards the end, Councillor Gail Brewer of NYC talks about the implementation of the city’s Open Data Bill, coming into force March 7, 2013. (....)</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/02/rewiring-government-for-openness-connection-and-choice-video/">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-8254'></div> English local governance open data open government participatory video Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:04:32 +0000 GAPortal 6995 at http://gaportal.org Governance Self Assessment in Gujrat http://gaportal.org/news/detail/governance-self-assessment-in-gujrat <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> India </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 02/21/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> Panchayat Women Resource Centre </div> </div> </div> <p class="rtejustify"><br /> The Village Governance Fund (VGF) was introduced by Setus to transform the relationship between donors, NGOs, and communities; and to create platforms for Panchayats to sponsor and monitor the development of their villages. This un-tied fund enabled the Panchayats to undertake developmental agendas within the parameters of good governance, social justice, and equity. VGF provided an opportunity for Panchayats to hone their skills and legitimize their position as effective and responsive units of local self-governance. Taking into consideration the lengthy and in depth process of capacity building at various levels and through various modes, a tool was developed to assess the performance of Gram Panchayats in terms of governance parameters. (...)</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://jpwrc4.blogspot.com.ar/2013/01/governance-self-assessment-in-gujrat.html">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-4995'></div> asia pacific community assessment English governance performance local governance self-assessment Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:29:53 +0000 GAPortal 6988 at http://gaportal.org Global Integrity Publishes New Data on Municipal Governance in the Philippines http://gaportal.org/news/detail/global-integrity-publishes-new-data-on-municipal-governance-in-the-philippines <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philippines </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 02/08/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> Global Integrity </div> </div> </div> <p><br /> Global Integrity is pleased to formally publish a new data set assessing governance and anti-corruption measures at the local level in the Philippines, the Philippines Local Governance Transparency and Accountability Indicators. The indicators were jointly developed by the La Salle Institute of Governance (LSIG) and Global Integrity with input from a variety of Filipino stakeholders. <br /><br /> The indicators assess the strengths and weaknesses of mechanisms designed to promote transparency and accountability in Philippine local governance.(...)</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://globalintegrity.org/blog/philippines?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+globalintegritycommons+%28Global+Integrity%29&amp;utm_content=Google+Reader">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-2458'></div> anti-corruption assessment data set English indicators local governance methodology Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:51:54 +0000 GAPortal 6965 at http://gaportal.org Using Twitter to Run Cities Better: Governance @SF311 http://gaportal.org/news/detail/using-twitter-to-run-cities-better-governance-sf311 <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> United States </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 02/02/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> Blogs.Worldbank.org </div> </div> </div> <p><br /> It will soon be nearly four years since then San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom visited Twitter headquarters.  He told Biz Stone (one of the Twitter founders) about how someone from the city had sent him a Twitter message about a pothole.  A discussion about "how we can get Twitter to be involved in advancing, streamlining, and supporting the governance of cities," led to the creation of @SF311 on Twitter that would allow live reporting by citizens of service needs, feedback, and other communication.  Perhaps the most innovative aspect at that time was that citizens would be able to communicate directly and transparently with the Government.  San Francisco was the first US city to roll out a major service such as this on Twitter (...).</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/node/6219">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-2054'></div> accountability citizen reporting English ict local governance open government transparency web2.0 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:41:02 +0000 GAPortal 6948 at http://gaportal.org Blogpost l Buying Votes versus Supplying Public Services http://gaportal.org/news/detail/blogpost-l-buying-votes-versus-supplying-public-services <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philippines </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 02/02/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> World Bank </div> </div> </div> <p><br /> For the first time, new research provides direct empirical evidence that where vote-buying practices are more prevalent, goverments invest less in pro-poor services.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:12px;line-height:1.5;">A survey was designed to be able to correlate vote buying with the delivery of health services, taking advantage of an appropriate institutional context in the Philippines. </span></p> <p>The data come from a jurisdiction level, where there is congruence between the political unit, where vote buying is measured, and the administrative unit, where a broad and potentially pro-poor service is delivered. Directly-elected municipal governments in the Philippines are responsible for delivering basic maternal and child services to villages in their jurisdiction. This allows for attributing the decision-making over political strategies, as well as a pro-poor public service, to the same political agents. Municipalities hire and manage nurses, midwives, and community or village health workers –key health personnel who deliver basic maternal and child health services to the poor. t, governments invest less in pro-poor services (...)</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/node/867">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-4009'></div> basic service delivery blogpost English local governance poverty reduction Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:29:42 +0000 GAPortal 6947 at http://gaportal.org Cameroon | Improving Governance Through Participatory Budgeting and Community Monitoring in Cameroon http://gaportal.org/news/detail/cameroon-improving-governance-through-participatory-budgeting-and-community-monitoring-in-cameroon <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cameroon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 12/14/2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> Partnership For Transparency Fund </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;border-style:none;line-height:1.6em;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">Decentralization works best when there is a robust legal framework, political will, clearly delineated responsibilities, accountability mechanisms and – most importantly – a shared vision of all actors involved as to how decentralization will contribute to achieving better governance results, improving the lives of ordinary citizens. Corruption impedes or completely prevents decentralization processes to bear any of the envisioned results.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;border-style:none;line-height:1.6em;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><em style="border-style:none;">Assembly of Youth for a Sustainable Environment and Development</em> (ASYOUSED) has successfully completed two transparency projects, aimed at empowering the Buea and Tiko municipalities in south-western Cameroon to reduce corruption and improve its governance outcomes at the local level. ASYOUSED empowered key stakeholders within the communities, council members and staff, citizens and community organizations, to implement participatory budgeting mechanisms, monitor project cycles and work constructively with all stakeholders to curb corruption and make decentralization work.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;border-style:none;line-height:1.6em;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">(...)</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-bookmarklet-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://ptfund.org/2012/12/community-budgeting-monitoring-cameroon/">Link to source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-8429'></div> africa anti-corruption cameroon citizen monitoring English local governance m&e participatory budgeting youth African Governance Assessment Platform (AfriGAP) Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:35:33 +0000 GAPortal 6902 at http://gaportal.org Supporting public oversight by youth in the Occupied Palestinian Territory http://gaportal.org/news/detail/supporting-public-oversight-by-youth-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory <div class="field field-type-cck-country field-field-country-code"> <div class="field-label">Country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Palestinian Territory, Occupied </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="304" height="241" alt="" src="http://gaportal.org/sites/default/files/newsletters/img/palestine_dev._assessment_framework_2012.png?1355238522" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posted date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 12/11/2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-info-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Source of the information:&nbsp;</div> Gaportal </div> </div> </div> <div>  </div> <div> With the technical support of GAP, the<a href="http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/ourwork/democraticgovernance/democratic_governancethematictrustfund/"> Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF) </a>funded UNDP Programme for Assistance to Palestinian People (PAPP) Project “Support to the Role of Youth in Public Oversight to Improve Local Governance and Service Delivery ” aims to be a catalyst for changing the culture of how elected public officials will be held accountable to their local constituencies and create focus on a greater youth involvement in local government affairs. The overall objective is to <span style="font-size:11.818181991577148px;">strengthen the capacity of civil servants and elected officials to engage with citizens at large and civil society organizations in particular. The project is to</span> be piloted in three locations across the West Bank and one location in Gaza. </div> <div>  </div> <p>With the technical know-how of GAP, community score cards/citizen satisfaction surveys were constructed and utilized to assess the interest of and capacity of local stakeholders, including government structures and well as CSOs, and recommendations on an engagement strategy were offered, as well as support to the formulation of an action plan for project implementation taking into consideration the interests and capacities of both CSOs and state actors.</p> <p>In October 2012 a mission to the Occupied Palestine Territories was carried out. During this mission we had the chance to meet with a number of colleagues from Governance Portfolio, as well as several national stakeholders. To reach a <span style="font-size:11.818181991577148px;">better understanding of the situation from the perspective of local governance representatives </span><span style="font-size:11.818181991577148px;">two municipality meetings were organized. Moreover, </span>One Round Table Format meeting with representatives of some youth or youth-oriented civil society organizations was held to share, with them, some approaches to facilitating citizen engagement in public oversight, as well as solicit their feedback on proposed project. <span style="font-size:11.818181991577148px;">These meetings provide us with some valuable insights into how a greater youth involvement in local affairs can be encourage. </span>Finally, a meeting was held with a representative of the Higher Council for Youth and Sport, and Palestinian National Bureau of Statistics. </p> <p>The project is grounded in the work of the Local Governance project, and will draw on its experience and achievements. Furthermore, it will contribute to the<span style="font-size:11.818181991577148px;"> on-going UNDP/PAPP ​</span>process, within the field of democratic governance, to develop institutions and processes that are not only reflective of the will of the people, but responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens.</p> <p><span style="font-size:11.818181991577148px;">For more information please contact </span>Nina Kolybashkina, <span style="font-size:11.818181991577148px;">Regional Specialist, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre, </span>nina.kolybashkina@undp.org.</p> <p><em>Photo: United Nations Development Programme Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People.</em></p> <div class='sexybookmarks-default-5385'></div> December-2012 English governance assessment framework local governance palestinian territories service delivery Stories From The Field undp-supported youth Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:09:31 +0000 GAPortal 6889 at http://gaportal.org