Direct delivery of public services (i.e. by entities other than government)

Method: Microfinance

Microfinance encompasses a broad category of financial products and services offered to poor or socially marginalized individuals. Unlike other products and services under the banner of 'alternative financial institutions', microfinance typically serves those living in poor countries or communities where access to "high-quality financial products and services, including not just...
In 2012, plans for the construction of a new Mental Health Center of Denver began under the title ‘The Dahlia Project.’ Initially, fundraising was the only form of community engagement pursued by organizers; however, in-depth public consultations became necessary to proceed with the development when local residents protested against the...
Summary After emerging from a toxic civil war and 25 years of dictatorship, Uganda has seen increased economic and social stability over the last few decades. This nation is viewed by many as an example of how microfinance can shape and influence socio-economic issues in a developing country. Microentrepreneurs form...
Self-governance is the exercise of power or control over oneself without external interference.
After the passing of the Localism Act by the UK Parliament in 2011, power over planning and development was largely devolved to community and local governments. The Civil Parish of Wing quickly embraced the Localism Act's provisions, embarking on a series of public consultations to plan their neighbourhood's future development.
Problems and Purpose The “ Repúblicas” (republics) of Coimbra are students’ community houses, whose history dates back to the origins of Portuguese university, in the XIV century. They are spaces of living and conviviality with a specific culture, generated by a centuries-long tradition. The republics are the most ancient and...
Community committees are representative bodies established as intermediaries between an area’s residents and a higher level of government.
Participatory rural appraisal is a citizen-centred method of development. The process empowers locals by including them directly in the issue identification and evaluation process and, in many cases, in the final implementation and post-construction monitoring.
This case documents the work of the Community Committee of El-kfoor village, which improved government transparency and accountability by acting as a key communication channel between the El-kfoor Community Development Association (CDA) and community members. The CDA and community members collaboratively solved pressing environmental sanitation and waste management issues.
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