Governance and Local Development Institute

“We aim to promote human welfare by conducting scientifically rigorous research across the globe. Our research focuses on answering a fundamental question: why are some communities able to provide secure environments, good education, adequate healthcare, and other factors that encourage human development, while others fail to do so? We engage with communities across the world, develop methodological tools, gather data, undertake analyses on major issues affecting societies today, and disseminate findings to academics, relevant policy-makers, and the communities in which we work.”

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Latest Publications

Street-Level Rule of Law: Prosecutor Presence and the Fight against Corruption

Empowering autonomous prosecutor’s offices is increasingly seen as a promising strategy to fight corruption. Yet we lack systematic evidence about whether they are effective at reducing corruption and, if so, why [...]


Local Gender Quotas: Measures that Facilitate or Hinder Women's Political Advancement in India

Local gender quotas may not only boost women’s representation at the local level, but at higher levels of government as well. Women’s representation at the local level may demonstrate their competence, thus changing attitudes [...]

Fellow Interview with Ayşegül Kayaoğlu

Ayşegül is a senior researcher in the DFG- funded “Global Developmental Dynamics of Social Policy“ at the University of Bremen. She is also an affiliated researcher at the ISDC and a research associate at the Economic Research Forum (ERF). Her research interests are migration, labor economics, development economics, gender and impact evaluation. We spoke to Ayşegül about her current project on social policy, her previous work with Save the Children, and what inspired her to work on migration and development economics.

Governance Uncovered

Our monthly podcast invites scholars and professionals worldwide to discuss issues related to governance and local development with host Ellen Lust.

Governance Uncovered is supported by the Swedish Research Council.