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ESR 13 Demand for good governance and policy access for the poor

Reference No.:
ESR 13

Various development agencies, including the World Bank, have advocated the implementation of strategies aimed at ‘demand for good governance'. Reflected among others in the emphasis on ownership and accountability in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, activities have been initiated that focused on the aim to strengthening citizens' groups and other civil-society organisations to ‘demand' governance reform from their governments. This ESR project will identify initiatives in Sub- Saharan Africa for strengthening citizens' demand for effective public service delivery and accountability, including through mechanisms such as citizen scorecards related to the performance of government officials, participatory public expenditure management, citizens' budget tracking initiatives, et cetera. The project will investigate which demand-side initiatives have been successful and will focus on a number of case studies to investigate more in detail why certain initiatives led to greater access to policy- making for the poor while others failed.

Recruiting University:
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Netherlands

Partner University:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), Netherlands

Research Directors:
Prof. Dr. Wil Hout (International Institute of Social Studies, EUR)
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam (VU Amsterdam)

The project involves a strong collaboration between the International Institute of Social Studies of EUR and VU Amsterdam and therefore includes mandatory research stays of the ESR in Amsterdam for six months in total.
Further secondments are planned as field research periods (3 months each) in Africa, supervised by the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), and Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia).

Specific selection criteria for this ESR position:
The successful candidate has completed an internationally recognised Masters’ programme in Political Science or another relevant social science degree with an above-average GPA. The candidate has a strong background in (comparative) social science methods along with a demonstrated interest in governance, development and poverty (shown, for instance, in the Masters’ thesis), while experience in/with developing country contexts would be an advantage. Knowledge of the work of international development agencies and field work experience in sub-Saharan Africa would be an additional plus.

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