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Call for Research Proposals on Strengthening Local Democracy in India
September 25, 2017 - 18:36
The ICLD’s purpose, as part of Swedish development co-operation, is to promote local democracy in low and middle-income countries. In this context, local democracy principally concerns decentralization, strengthening of local institutions, human rights and collaboration between local actors. Decentralization entails devolution of finance, functionaries, and decision making power to local elected political bodies, both rural and urban. Combating poverty through a rights-based and participatory approach is a priority. Capacity building is a key word. ICLD calls for research projects of relevance to local politicians, civil servants and citizens striving to improve local democracy.
In Asia, research focusing on the following countries are eligible for ICLD funding: India, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.