March 2018 Newsletter 


In this month's newsletter:
  • Local Governance in Tunisia-Collaboration with the Jasmine Foundation
  • GLD in the Field
  • Upcoming Conferences & Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Staff Announcements
  • Publications
  • Malawi LGPI in the News
 
New GLD Jasmine Foundation Study

Tunisian Local Governance: Local observatories and the LGPI

GLD is  now partnering with the Jasmine Foundation (JF) in Tunisia to assess local governance in Tunisia.  We are working with JF to field surveys in 6 municipalities, and to examine how  JF observatory groups impact public opinion and interaction with local councils.  The JF-trained observatory groups will prepare a number of activities to inform citizens about their local councils and encourage engagement. GLD and JF will implement surveys to assess the  impact on public opinion concerning local governance in their areas. Results of the survey will inform citizens, governments and the international community about citizens’ needs, local governance, and the impact of observatories on citizen-state linkages. The project is being implemented by Dr. Tasnim Chirchi and Intissar Kherigi  of the Jasmine Foundation, and Nesrine Ben Brahim, Prisca Jöst, Kristen Kao and Ellen Lust from GLD.
More information on the Jasmine Foundation can be found here.
 

GLD in the Field
 
The photos above were taken by Ruth Carlitz, and feature a market in Mbeya City. In clockwise order, they show the exterior of the market, a vegetable stall, and interior market stalls.
Tanzania: Ruth Carlitz
GLD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ruth Carlitz, spent most of March in Tanzania. She began the month by attending an “Ideas and Evidence” event organized by the Tanzanian NGO Twaweza in Dar es Salaam from 6-7 March. She then conducted scoping work for our upcoming project on Urbanization and Social Institutions, spending a week in Mbeya region in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. She concluded her trip by returning to Dar es Salaam to attend a “Global Thinkshop on Social Accountability” organized by Water Witness International and affiliated organizations in Dar es Salaam.
Kenya: Josephine Gakii Gatua
 
Interim Posdoctoral Research Fellow, Josephine Gakii Gatua, recently conducted fieldwork in Kenya. The purpose of the trip was to identify and interview research firms that could potentially collaborate with GLD in fielding a survey, scheduled for mid-2018. She interviewed seven firms in total and gathered extensive knowledge of the research dynamics in the country. For example, in addition to being able to field the survey, some firms offered to assist in designing and sampling. During this trip, she also sought to obtain the masterplans for the road sector investment programme and electrification programme in Kenya, where emphasis was on obtaining the rural electrification programme.
 

Upcoming Events

 

SAFEResearch Workshop
The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg,
April 26, 2018

In order to encourage and support further development and awareness of the upcoming SAFEResearch Handbook, GLD and the School of Global Studies will co-host a workshop on April 26, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, please contact us. Future events include presentations at the Scholars at Risk conference, the Development Research Conference, and other venues. We would like to thank Riksbankens Jubileumsfond & Vetenskapsrådet for their support.

It is now possible to register for this event, here, and more information can be found here.

 
 
GLD's Second Annual Conference
May 31 & June 1 - Gothenburg, Sweden,

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg will hold its Second Annual Conference on May 31 - June 1, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the theme:
 
"Layered Authority"

We seek to showcase research that examines the ways in which different authorities interact, and the extent to which they complement or clash with each other. We also wish to understand how such interactions affect governance more broadly -- at the community as well as the state level. At this conference, we aim to stimulate dialogue on such questions among scholars, policymakers, and other members of the development community.

If you would like to attend the conference, and have not received an invitation, please register
here, or visit our conference website for more details.
 
 
Presentations
 
On March 22-23, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kristen Kao, presented her paper "Electoral Institutions and Identity-Based Clientelism" at the Partis politiques, elections et vote : Regards croisse entre l’Afrique et le Monde Arabe Conference, Universite Laval, Qubec, Canada.

On March 19, Nesrine Ben Brahim, served on a panel to discuss the theme: Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: Connecting, Creating, and Empowering Leadership in North Africa and the UK at the House of Lords, chaired by Lord Alderdice. 

 

On March 6-7, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ruth Carlitz and Director, Ellen Lust, attended the Twaweza Ideas & Evidence Event, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. According to the event's agenda, "The main topics of the event were organized around some of Twaweza’s core ideas, principles and areas of work. Our overall portfolio of work is wide and varied, and we are not aiming to cover it exhaustively in this event. Rather, we have chosen the topics as the main ideas that underpin Twaweza, that exercise our mind and keep us switched on and engaged."

At the conference, Ruth Carlitz presented her recently published paper, "When and Why Do Citizens Make Claims on the State? Exploring Variation in the Nature of Demand for Public Goods."

Ellen Lust served as a respondent on a panel discussing "working with grain locally: influencing sub-national governance and service delivery." 
 
 
Staff Announcements
Josephine Gakii Gatua
GLD would like to congratulate our interim researcher, Josephine Gakii Gatua, on her successful PhD defense in Economics on March 16, 2018. Her thesis, titled "Primary Health Care Interventions and Social-ties in Kenya" explored how different health care interventions influence the health and health-seeking behavior of households in Kenya. For example one of her chapters looked at how social ties affect delivery of health care in rural Kenya. We look forward to collaborating with her in the field this summer.
 
Nesrine Ben Brahim
GLD is pleased to announce that Nesrine Ben Brahim has joined us as a researcher. Nesrine holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Oxford. Before joining GLD, Nesrine was working for the Danish Refugee Council in Greece. She has worked on several research projects with Princeton University, PRIO, LSE and Oxford as well as NGOs in Tunisia and the UK.
 
 
 
Malawi LGPI in the News
The Malawi LGPI findings were recently featured in the Malawian newspaper "The Daily Times." This project was a joint effort of IPOR, the Chr. Michelsen institute in Bergen, and GLD. We're pleased that the results continue to contribute to debate in the country.

Other GLD News

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ruth Carlitz, posted a draft of her paper "When and Why Do Citizens Make Claims on the State? Exploring Variation in the Nature of Demand for Public Goods" on a blog, 'From Poverty to Power'. Her post is titled: "Which Citizens? Which Services? Unpacking Demand for Improved Health, Education, Roads, Water etc" 
 
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