Posts By Tamara Failor

Notes from the Field

Incentivizing Better Local Governance in Sri Lanka

December 14, 2011

While local governments are widely viewed as critical to development because they are considered citizens’ most accessible government unit, in many developing countries these local government institutions don’t live up to their potential…

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Kandy Revitalization Project Bridges Rift between Sri Lanka’s Public and Private Sector

August 10, 2011

Nestled in a valley surrounded by tea plantations a few hours’ drive east of Colombo, Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its natural beauty and cultural significance. In July and August during the 10-day “Esala Perahera,” Sri Lanka’s most celebrated Buddhist festival…

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Water Tank Saves Sri Lankan Residents from Worst of Floods

June 22, 2011

Sri Lanka is no stranger to water-related disaster; the 2004 tsunami was only one such threat to livelihoods in the vulnerable island nation. In January and February 2011, Sri Lanka’s Northern, Eastern, and Central provinces were deluged by severe floods. Though flooding during the country’s bi-annual monsoon is a recurrent problem, the rains in the hardest-hit district of Batticaloa…

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Afghanistan’s Provincial Governors Exercise Responsiveness, Transparency

March 9, 2011

In Afghanistan, governors are responsible for coordinating security, planning and development, and administration in their provinces. While they receive restricted funding from the Ministry of Finance, most lack adequate resources…

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Shaping Mongolia’s Urban Future

December 8, 2010

Mongolia, a vast but sparsely-populated country, established centers of urban administration and governance only over the past 60 years or so. Until the mid-1940s, Buddhist monasteries and residences of nobility were the only truly fixed settlements, and virtually all citizens lived in portable structures while herding sheep, horses, and other cattle on the country’s open […]

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