The Local Institutions, Governance and Development (LEGD) research group is interested in exploring how local institutions can enable effective participatory governance and development.
In most parts of the developing and emerging societies, the lack of effective, inclusive and accountablegovernance has kept communities in persistent abject poverty. While governments have tried different models of governance, recent studies have demonstrated that the ‘top-bottom’ approaches employed so far have achieved very little in terms of policy alignment. Development policies most often are rigid and fail to consider the dynamic and complex nature of the society. In the same way, development targets most often also do not consider indigenous rights and views in the planning and implementation phase. Communities continue to be distant from their leadership on key decision making, while a ‘rights based approach’ to development has been sacrificed for short term economic developmental goals. This program, seeks to invite government, civil society, the private sector and academia to participate in dialogues and collaborative research partnerships that seek to generate solutions, and most importantly, inclusive multi-stakeholder solutions to solving contemporary and emerging governance/developmental challenges. In terms of policy design, this program lays emphasis on the following targets:
- Participatory and inclusive development
- Human rights and governance
- Indigenous people and the right to development
In view of the above targets, the program seeks to provide training and scholarship at the disposal of affected groups and communities.