Jenna joins GLD as our new Data Science Intern. She is currently a Master's student in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests lie in data curation and management of international development, governance, and conflict data.
Ruth Carlitz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2016. Her research looks at government responsiveness from the ‘top down’ (how governments distribute public goods) and the ‘bottom up’ (what citizens and non-governmental organizations can do to promote transparency and accountability). Ruth’s dissertation focuses on Tanzania, where nearly half of the population languishes without access to a clean and safe source of drinking water despite massive investments in this sector in recent years. In order to make sense of this disconnect, she analyzes finely-grained, geo-coded data on spending and infrastructure construction for water provision, contextualized by public opinion surveys, interviews and focus group discussions. She finds that Tanzania's strategy of decentralizing water provision to local governments has largely failed to improve access, due to political favoritism at the local level as well as a ‘demand-responsive approach’ that privileges wealthier communities. In addition to her academic research, Ruth has worked on evaluations commissioned by organizations including the World Bank, the International Budget Partnership, and the Institute of Development Studies. Ruth lived in Tanzania from 2006-2008, where she worked with the local NGO HakiElimu. She has also conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. Website: www.ruthcarlitz.com
Josephine Gakii is an economist who is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Program on Governance and Local Development in the Political Science Department at the University of Gothenburg. Her work focuses on development economics covering health, water, behavioral economics and political economy mainly in Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa. She has previous research experience from Kenya, where she worked at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) and the Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (attached to the National Aids Control Council – NACC), and with the World Bank in Tanzania. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.