Archive for month October, 2016

  • October 3, 2016

    Myanmar’s Fiscal...

    Relocating more budget to subnational entities could be one of the means of bringing about fiscal decentralization to achieve better and efficient local services for the people of Myanmar. This can be ensured only through clear functional assignment, a transparent tax system and strong commitment from the central government to...

  • October 3, 2016

    Making the...

    Pakistan is currently in the midst of its longest uninterrupted phase of democratic politics. The most recent return to democratic politics in Pakistan occurred in 2006, when parliamentary elections marked a transition of power from General Musharraf’s military government to popularly elected governments.   The subsequent parliamentary elections of 2013,...

  • October 3, 2016

    Bringing politics...

    Scaremongering over cultural diversity is a leitmotif of today’s politics. It’s routine to see politicians sprinkling a battery of shocking policy solutions onto social networks and magazine. Migrants have blocked by high fences, walls and barbered wires. “Build that wall! Build that wall!” is a familiar refrain at Donald Trump’s...

  • October 3, 2016

    Localising the...

    The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will soon translate into responsibilities that will be shared by local governments. Hence localisation of the SDGs must be fleshed out without delay. Three elements that will be pivotal to localisation are: developing local indicators, orienting local officials to the Goals and generating local...

  • October 3, 2016

    Decentralising power...

    Decentralisation has been in the development agenda for a couple of decades now. It is well placed in the clique of words like good governance, anti-corruption, transparency, accountability, participation and gender that throng the development lexicon. After gathering limelight in the discussions on Structural Adjustment Programmes sponsored by international banks...