The Governance and Local Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) project aims to create a better understanding of local governance in the region. It brings together scholars from Europe, the MENA region and the US to explore a diverse set of issues including why some communities do better at providing services, resolving conflict, or engaging in environmental issues than others, as well as how authority and governance procedures vary across space and time. At a time when the discourse on the region focuses on national and international forces affecting refugee crises and terrorism, it reminds us that individuals ‘live locally’ and that governance varies greatly at the subnational level. The collaborators employ a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches and examine a diverse set of cases.

The Governance and Local Development in the Middle East and North Africa project will result in an edited volume.  The volume will explore subjects such as comparative decentralization, state building and power, gender, service provision and social cohesion in the MENA.

Collaborators on the volume are; Christina Parreira (Harvard University), Steven Brooke with Monica Komer (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Aytug Sasmaz (Harvard University) with Julia Clark (World Bank) and Alexandra Blackman (NYU Abu Dhabi), Prisca Jöst (University of Gothenburg), Marika Sosnowski (University of Melbourne), Intissar Kherigi (Jasmine Foundation), Ahmed Al Mukheini, Salma Mousa (Stanford University), Marwa Shalaby (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Lindsay Benstead with Adel Hamazia (Portland State University), Matt Buehler (University of Tennessee) and Sylvia Bergh (International Institute of Social Sciences) with Francesco Colin (Erasmus University).The volume is co-edited by Professor Ellen Lust and Senior Researcher Kristen Kao. 

This project is funded by Moulay Hicham Foundation (1.7 million SEK (approx. 187.6 thous. USD)



  • Middle East and North Africa Workshop, Sarajevo, August 7-9, 2019