Level Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
Duration: 14 weeks
In the last two decades there has been considerable democratic reforms made throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Each of the countries within the region have achieved these reforms through different methods and strategies, and are experiencing a political transformation in a response to the perception of deficit in democratic governance, and the demand for the public administration to include democratic processes for all citizens.
In this context, one of the most profound changes currently evolving is that local democratic governance is being pushed towards the medium of decentralisation. What this means is that spaces are being created for citizen participation, and this is opening communication between rural and urban communities, to help fairly redistribute public resources.
Local governance processes as well as decentralisation are generating new public policies agreements, where new social and political subjects are being introduced, many of which have been marginalised up until now. As a result of this new spaces for public policies civil action are evolving. This movement is creating opportunities for the rise of new actors, new management mechanisms, new institutional arrangements and new frameworks for local democratic governance, all of which are in full force for the region. This reality, has not only generated the need to rethink new institutional framework but also to redefine these functions, attributions and spaces among the different state levels, and is creating opportunities to expand and strengthen democracy locally.
The course is structured to be completed in 13 weeks and this includes 7 subject topics and 2 weeks for course introduction and closing. The introduction includes a course summary, and the closing unit invites participants to assess the course according to the below structure:
Introduction to the Virtual School System, the course and its context:
Definition and Concepts of Human Development and Democratic Governance within a Local Perspective
Local Governance, Decentralisation Processes and their link with Human Development
Public Policies, Local Governance, Decentralisation and their link with Human Development
Tools and Instruments to strengthen democratic local governance and the processes of decentralisation for human development
Reports and Inscriptions