ICLD has approved six new research proposals for funding. The research projects, all of which will investigate questions especially relevant to supporting democratic participation at the local level, were awarded up to 1 million SEK each. The projects are preparing to start in spring 2020.
ICLD received a total of 129 applications in response to its summer 2019 call for policy relevant research pertaining to local democracy. The applications were reviewed internally at ICLD for quality and fit with ICLD goals, and those that best met these criteria were ranked by external reviewers who serve in the ICLD’s scientific Advisory Group. All projects relate to one or more of ICLD’s core areas (equity/inclusion, transparency, accountability and citizen participation). The research will focus on problems and opportunities where there is a potential to generate policies that can increase the influence of vulnerable people in local decision-making. The projects will be conducted in Kenya, Lebanon, North Macedonia, South Africa, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.
Another project that is receiveing the grant is studying policital will and anti-corruption in Ukraine.
Read more about all the six projects that are being funded here:
Through inclusion and transparency, to equity and quality. Improvement of the local budget processes in North Macedonia
Main applicant: Dragan Tevdovski, Co-founder of ZMAI (Association of Young Analysts and Researchers) and professor at the Faculty of Economics, Ss. Cyril and Methodious University, Skopje
Morality Policies and the Prospect for Inclusive Citizenship in Decentralized Indonesia: A Study of West Java
Main applicant: Wawan Mas’udi, Senior Lecturer, Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL), Universitas Gadjah Mada
Opening the black box of political will: Local public authorities and anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine
Main applicant: Marcia Grimes, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
Interrogating the inclusion and participation of vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe’s local democracy
Main applicant: Bernard Chazovachii, Acting Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Great Zimbabwe University
Whose voice matters for what? Local government inclusion and social accountability in post-conflict contexts
Main applicant: Hanna Leonardsson, Assistant researcher, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
Mobilising Assets to Bridge the Accountability Gap: Applying asset-based and citizen-led development for social accountability and inclusive governance in Emfuleni, South Africa
Main applicant: Hanna Nel, Professor, University of Johannesburg
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