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GLD Newsletter
January 2020

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  • GLD Grants
  • Podcast: Can Soccer Bridge Religious Divides
  • GLD in Ghana
  • And Much More!

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Apply For A GLD Short Term Research Grant

**Applications must be submitted by March 31**

GLD is offering a limited number of research fellowships for scholars for short-term research on Governance and Local Development. Awards averaging 25,000 SEK will be offered to support research travel for projects related to critical governance issues. Themes include, but are not limited to:
  • Local governance challenges
  • Service delivery as it varies across local contexts
  • Relationship between state and non-state actors
  • Level of corruption and citizens’ perceptions of it
  • How citizens solve disputes with officials, families, and friends and how state or non-state actors are involved
  • Participation in local elections and political campaigns
  • How security services are provided in transitional periods and/or under weak central states

Please send your CV, research proposal, and a writing sample in English to by 31st March.

For more information click here.

Working Paper: Do Women Face a Different Standard? The Gender and Corruption Factors in the 2014 Presidential Elections in Malawi

Incumbency advantage is a key characteristic of African politics. Since the reintroduction of multiparty elections in 1994, corruption has been a persistent feature of the various administrations in Malawi. From this perspective, the incumbent president Joyce Banda of the People’s Party’s (PP) loss of the presidency after two years in office is a puzzling outcome of the 2014 elections. The paper explores why the incumbency advantage did not accrue to Banda, drawing from national public opinion surveys and focus group discussions conducted after the 2014 elections. We argue that, while faced with a major corruption scandal, ‘Cashgate’, Banda paid a heavier price than male incumbents facing corruption scandals before her. Her electoral fate is consistent with studies demonstrating that women holding political offices are scrutinized more than men and, when they transgress female gender stereotypes of incorruptibility, they are judged to a higher standard.

Read the full working paper.

Podcast: Can Soccer Help Bridge Religious Divides?



Episode 10: This month we talk to Salma Mousa (PhD candidate, Stanford University) about her latest research which looks at the relationship between Christians and Muslims in postwar societies. Her research tries to understand if tolerance and prejudice can be changed through interaction between these groups. The study has been recently published as a GLD working paper called “Creating Coexistence: Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq” and can be found via the link below.

Salma Mousa is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Political Science at Stanford University. A scholar of comparative politics, her research focuses on migration, conflict, and social cohesion. Salma's three-paper dissertation investigates strategies for building trust and tolerance after war. Leveraging field experiments among Iraqis displaced by ISIS, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Palestinians in Israel, she shows how social contact can change real-world behaviors — even if underlying prejudice remains unchanged. She argues that war hardens political attitudes and beliefs about the outgroup. Nevertheless, contact can restore everyday coexistence after violence. Related studies of different forms of contact in other settings, like American classrooms and British soccer clubs, similarly conclude that prejudicial behaviors may be easier to shift than attitudes.

Selected Work:

Mousa, Salma. (2019). Creating Coexistence: Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq. GLD Working Paper Series, 2019(26). Available here.


Project Update: Governance Under Decentralization

GLD affiliated scholar Marwa Shalaby (Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison) held very productive meetings in Morocco with party cadres, parliamentarians, former female candidates, and winners of local councils’ seats, as part of GLD’s Local Governance in the Middle East project funded by Hicham Alaoui Foundation. 
Workshop Opportunity 
Democracy & Autocracy Emerging Scholars Workshop
The APSA Democracy and Autocracy Emerging Scholars Research Development Workshop provides an opportunity for early career scholars from lower and middle income countries to advance current research towards publication, participate in the APSA Annual Meeting, and develop scholarly networks with colleagues. "Emerging Scholars" include advanced graduate students, post-docs, and pre-tenure faculty based at universities or research institutes in lower to middle income countries.

The program will take place as an all day APSA short course on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in San Francisco, CA, and it is expected that participants will attend the APSA Annual Meeting that follows from September 10-13, 2020. Participants are also expected to attend the Democracy & Autocracy Business meeting (date TBA).

To be considered for participation, please complete this form AND email the two necessary items (CV and research manuscript) by Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 5:00PM (EST) to
New Funding for Phd Research
GLD is very happy to announce that one of our PhD students, Prisca Jöst, received the POMEPS TRE Grant for PhD students. The grant will be used for a field experiment on poverty and participation in Tunisia, which involves neighborhood clean-up events in three different neighborhoods in Tunis. The experiment will be conducted in the Spring of 2020. 

We are excited to follow the progress of this project and updates about the experiment will follow. 
Security Awareness & First Aid Training -
For Researchers

Staff Announcements

Thank you Purushottam!

We would like to thank our most recent intern  Purushottam Adhikari for their excellent work at GLD. We hope you keep in touch and look forward to seeing you in the future! 

Enjoy Senegal!

Welcoming our New Interns!

(Left-Right: Axel Tengwall, Olivia Östlin, and Lali Dvali)

Axel Tengwall
I am 23 years of age, I grew in the southern part of Sweden and moved to Gothenburg after high school. Politics, economics and social change has always been dear interests to me, which is why I  went to university to study history and global studies. Specifically, I´m interested in political economy and critical security studies. This spring I will take my bachelor´s in global studies and proceed with a masters.   

Olivia Östlin
I am currently pursuing my bachelors in Political Science at Lund’s university. This spring I am doing an internship at GLD and I am excited to spend my last semester at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. During my university studies I have had the possibility to combine my interest for international relations, human rights and sustainable development. I hope that my time at GLD and at the Department of Political Science will teach me more about the subjects that I am interested in. I am also looking forward to the experience of working at a research institute.


Lali Dvali
I am currently studying a master`s program in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg. I have always been interested in the character of international relations and how these relations are regulated by norms and institutions. I have also had an interest in local factors affecting development of states. The latter influenced my choice to complete  courses in Caucasus Studies and African Studies with insights into local and external factors influencing the democratization and development of regions. I also find social institutions very interesting to study. As a region, Africa is of my biggest interest.



And Finally...

GLD in Ghana

(Top Image - Left-Right: Ellen Lust, GLD Director; Irene Appiah Kubi, Registrar; John-Paul Adjadeh, Registrar, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Karen Ferree, GLD Visiting Scholar)

GLD Director Ellen Lust and Visiting Scholar Karen Ferree visited Ghana this month to meet with local researchers and policymakers. During the five-day working visit they held meetings with Omanhene Daasebre Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng, the former chairman of the UN Statistical Commission and current chief of the New Juaben region; Professor Dzodzi Tsikata, director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana; Professor Richard Asante, a research fellow at the Institute of African Studies; and multiple members of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD). We are extremely grateful for this assistance of John-Paul Adjadeh, Registrar of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, who guided them around Eastern Ghana and served as their primary point of contact with the University of Ghana and the Ministry of Chieftaincy.



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