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Governance Publications

Grassroots women’s accountability mechanisms: strengthening urban governance through organising and partnerships
By Rachael Wyant & Katarina Spasić
March 2015
This article builds on case studies and lessons learned from 18 months of the Huariou Commission’s Transparency & Accountability Initiative, with specific reference to initiatives in Metro Manila, Philippines, Thankot, Nepal and Jinja, Uganda. Here, organised groups of grassroots women have established innovative, community-driven mechanims to participate in and monitor decision-making and service delivery in cities.


Seeing Beyond the State: Grassroots Women’s Perspectives on Corruption and Anti-Corruption
By Best Practices Foundation and Huairou Commission
October 2012
In order to better understand corruption from the perspective of women at the grassroots level, the Huairou Commission undertook a study of 11 communities across eight countries in partnership with UNDP’s Global Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness (PACDE).


Transforming Development: Creating Synergies between Grassroots Women and Institutions of Governance
By Best Practices Foundation and Huairou Commission
This publication is part of a series of tools, publications, and resource support that the Huairou Commission has developed to promote horizontal learning amongst grassroots women’s groups and to document and share their strategies and lessons with policymaking and development institutions.


L2L Manual
Edited by Sarah Silliman
After three years in the making, Huairou Commission announces the release of the Local-to-Local Dialogue Resource Manual: A Guide for Grassroots Women-Led Engagement with Local Government and Decision Makers.


Final Report: Global Summit on Grassroots Women’s Leadership and Governance
By Carolina Pinhiero, edited by Sarah Silliman
June 2011

The Summit, co-sponsored by UNDP and the Dutch Foreign Ministry MDG 3 FUND, marked the accumulation of a decade of work empowering women in low-income communities worldwide to improve their living conditions, transform their communities, and exchange their experiences with women across various regions of the world.


Global Summit Outcome Document
By Huairou Commission
March 2011
Outcome Statement from the Grassroots Summit on Women’s Leadership and Governance, March 3-5, 2011.


Grassroots Women and Decentralised Governance: Change through Partnership
Edited by Sangeetha Purushothaman, Sarah Silliman, Soumita Basu, Sanjeev Pillay on behalf of the Huairou Commission
The grassroots initiatives from five different countries provide insights into the participation of local communities in decentralized decision making and local governance.


MDG Results and Recommendations Booklet
By Sarah Silliman
The Huairou Commission calls for sustained investments in women’s organizations to accelerate progress and realization of the MDGs by 2015.


Huairou Commission Midterm Review of MDG3 Accountability Initiative
By Renee Kantelberg and Josephine Tsui
August 2010
This report highlights the findings of the external Midterm Review of The Huairou Commission’s MDG3 Accountability Initiative (MDG3AI), funded through a grant from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Initiative supports the members involved to use a bottom up approach that engages locally active grassroots groups in initiating and sustaining projects.


Report on the MDG3 Challenge Grants 2009
By Klara Ibarra and Sarah Silliman
Winter/Spring 2010
The Huairou Commission MDG 3 Accountability Initiative: Centre-Staging Grassroots Women in Realizing the MDGs.


Herramientas para la Promocion de Ciudades Seguras Desde la Perspectiva de Genero
By Centro de Intercambio y Servicios Para el Cono Sur (CISCSA)
La Guía sistematiza las reflexiones y aprendizajes que tuvieron lugar en el marco del Programa Regional Ciudades sin Violencia para las Mujeres – Ciudades Seguras para Todos, implementado el año 2004.

The Local to Local Dialogue: A Tool for Strengthening Women’s Capacity to Negotiate and Partner with Local Authorities (Ecuador)
By Sarah Silliman
July 2009
As part of a one year pilot initiative, the Huairou Commission coordinated and facilitated a Local to Local Dialogue Training in Quito, Ecuador for women leaders in Latin America to learn and exchange good practices, build their knowledge and develop advocacy strategies to dialogue with local government and make change in their local communities.


The Local to Local Dialogue: A Tool for Strengthening Women’s Capacity to Negotiate and Partner with Local Authorities (Ghana)
By Sarah Silliman
March 2009
From March 17th to 20th, over forty women leaders, representing grassroots women’s self-help groups, and women-focused CBOs and NGOs from twelve countries across West, East and Southern Africa met for the Community Facilitators Training on the Local to Local Dialogue.


Grassroots Women’s Leadership and ‘Deepening Democracy’: the Huairou Commission’s Local to Local Dialogue Replication
By Dahlia Goldenberg
November 2008
This article in Gender & Development Oxfam Journal examines how grassroots women’s organisations in Uganda, Kenya, and Russia have successfully adapted the Local to Local Dialogue method to their local contexts, empowering and recognising poor women as community leaders.


From Beneficiaries to Stakeholders: Grassroots Women’s Groups Drive the Demand for Good Governance Through Pro-poor Development
By Prema Gopalan, Suranjana Gupta, Shannon Hayes, and Birte Sholtz
June 2008
The paper frames the issue of governance from the perspective of grassroots women‘s groups addressing settlement development.


Guia Metodologica de Manual “Herramientas para la Promocion de Ciudades Seguras desde la Perspectiva de Genero”
By Fundacion Guatemala
Este trabajo se enmarca dentro de la ejecución de la Primera Fase del Programa Ciudades Seguras en la República de Guatemala, la cual se ejecutó en la segunda mitad del año 2008.


Local to Local Cookbook: A Resource Manual on National Roundtables; the Guideline Used in the Network of Mother Centres in the Czech Republic
By Rut Kolínská
October 2007
Roundtable discussion on guideline used in the network of Mother Centres in the Czech Republic. 


Gender Budgeting: A Key to Making Cities More Accountable to Women; An Example from Caloocan City, Philippines
By Grassroots Women’s Empowerment Center (GWEC) and the Caloocan City Government September
This paper focuses on how the grassroots and professional women came together as pioneers in advancing women’s rights and well-being in the City of Caloocan and how they challenged the local government to make the gender and development budget work for women.


From Dialogue to Engagement, from Programs to Policies: Grassroots Initiatives on Women, Children, and Development in Poor Communities in the Philippines: The DAMPA Experience
By Damayan ng Maralitang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA)
September 2004
Paper presented at the Grassroots Women’s International Academy (GWIA), 7-11 September 2004, Barcelona, Spain.


Local to Local Dialogue: A Grassroots Women’s Perspective on Good Governance
By Suranjana Gupta
March 2004
Local to Local Dialogue sets out to understand how women in different parts of the world are grappling with the practical ways to claim their citizenship.


Capacity Development of Grassroots Networks to Become Effective Partners in Local Governance for Poverty Eradication: Lessons from Below
By Sangeetha Purushothaman
For grassroots networks to become effective partners to local government, capacity development is needed for civil society, local government and other financial institutions that support grassroots initiatives. 

Advancing Governance Through Peer Learning and Networking: Lessons Learned from Grassroots Women
By Monika Jaeckel
Grassroots women’s groups worldwide are redefining governance and development in their communities. Center staging grassroots women’s practices, supporting their leadership and mainstreaming their perspectives are key to sustainable development.