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51 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperIs multi-party coalition government better for the protection of socially backward classes in India?
The paper investigates whether multi-party coalition government is better for the protection of socially backward classes, i.e. Scheduled Castes, in India...Caste Equality and inequality Local government
VideoRole of Local Governance
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Parallel 5.1Climate change Local government
Working PaperSocial and political capital in rural Viet Nam
This paper exploits five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to investigate issues of social and political capital in rural Viet Nam...Economic development Families Household survey
Working Paper‘Embedded’ Assistance: Finn Church Aid’s Secondment in Somalia
Donors face distinct challenges in operating in fragile states and supporting the building of state capacity...Economic assistance and foreign aid Human rights Local government
Journal ArticleState Failure, State-Building, and Prospects for a “Functional Failed State” in Somalia
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesEconomic development Economic policy International agencies
Journal ArticleTransition Regimes and Security Sector Reforms in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesConflict management Economic assistance and foreign aid Local government
Working PaperThe Practice of Industrial Policy – Lessons for Africa: Case Studies of Decentralized Co-ordination in China
This paper draws on both successful and failing cases of industrialization in China to analyse the role of local governments in fostering the growth of light manufacturing...Economic conditions Industrial policy Industrialization
Journal ArticleForeign Aid and Decentralization: Limitations on Impact in Autonomy and Responsiveness
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic development projects
Journal ArticleAiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability Local government
Journal ArticleUrban Service Delivery in Africa and the Role of International Assistance
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaLocal government Urban planning Urbanization
Journal ArticleOpposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaCentral planning Economic policy Local government
PresentationEthnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research
Presentation by Rachel M. Gisselquist. Title: 'Ethnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research' (paper by Rachel M. Gisselquist, Stefan Leiderer, and Miguel Nino-Zarazua)...
Research BriefAid to Mozambique: A Trade-Off Between Governance and Democracy?
In Mozambique donors have shifted focus from project aid to budget support in an effort to reform the public sector and ‘justice, legality and public order’...Budget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
Research BriefDivided Authority in Kampala, Uganda
Favouritism of government controlled councils is most distinct through interference in local politics rather than through funding mechanisms...Central planning Economic policy Local government
Working PaperTransition Regimes and Security Sector Reforms in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Why are some countries more successful at carrying out post-conflict reconstruction programmes than others? Why has Sierra Leone been more successful in the reform of its armed forces than Liberia has after the end of the Mano River Basin wars?...Conflict management Economic assistance and foreign aid Local government
Working PaperAid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: the Case of Somali-Inhabited Eastern Horn of Africa
Institution-building in Somalia has met with high levels of failure for two decades. But successes have occurred in other Somali-inhabited regions of the eastern Horn, and have been especially present at the local and municipal level...Economic development Economic policy International agencies