Gender, Governance and Participation in Malawi

The project on Gender, Governance and Representation is a collaborative effort between the Program on Governance and Local Development at Gothenburg, Ragnhild Muriaas and Lise Rakner at the Department of Comparative Politics in Bergen, Norway, Vibeke Wang at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, and Boniface Dulani at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. The study seeks to understand the drivers of governance and service provision at the local level, paying particular attention to the attitudes toward and experiences of women. It will draw on qualitative case study research, a public opinion survey that includes core components of the Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI), and elite interviews at the municipal level. It is part of a larger cross-national project led by the Chr. Michelsen Institute on the impact of gender based aid on representation as well as the efforts to measure local governance cross-nationally through the LGPI. This study is particularly important in Malawi today, as elected local councils were only reintroduced in 2014 and debates over decentralization are on-going.

Funded by:

Swedish Research Council, and the Chr. Michelsen Institute via the Research Council of Norway.