Evaluating Local Governance

Funded by: USAID Country: Malawi Date Range: 2016-2017 Project Lead: NDIGD Notre Dame Collaborators: Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, NDIGD

In 2015, the Government of Malawi announced a Public Sector Reform agenda that included changes needed to increase accountability and transparency throughout the government. The agenda creates an opportunity for reform that could improve local services for average Malawians. Through a USAID-funded project titled UBALE, Catholic Relief Services aims to engage local governments to improve their capacity to serve the local communities, particularly through training sessions for local government committee members.

NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialists are working with Jaimie Bleck, Ford Family Assistant Professor of Political Science, to evaluate the program. In doing so, they will work closely with Catholic Relief Services and its partners to evaluate the efficacy of the training sessions. Researchers will also seek to determine if the committee members’ use of uniforms impacts how the community responds to them. Finally, NDIGD is researching the perception of gender and leadership to better inform the cultural context of the project, particularly as it relates to women’s willingness to take on leadership roles.

Baseline data collection will be held in May of 2016, and endline data will be collected in May of 2017. 

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