Decentralization and Governance

PLD_Mexico sqTHP perspective: Participatory Local Democracy is the only society-wide mechanism through which people can take direct action to meet their basic needs. Yet too often local governments in developing countries are starved for resources and decision-making authority.

In partnership with the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), THP works to cultivate a global community of practice to strengthen Participatory Local Democracy and raise its profile on the international agenda. This initiative has its own website and mailing list here.

Key interventions:

Key messages:

  • All politics is local.
  • As a matter of human dignity, government decision-making should be moved as close to the people as possible (the principle of subsidiarity).

Global campaigns and initiatives:

Key agencies:

  • UN Habitat
  • UCLG – United Cities and Local and Regional Governments.

Key reports and data sources:

Relevant Posts on this site:


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