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Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa

In 2016, several instructors in the PASGR Advanced Research Design and Policy Oriented Research Professional Development and Training programme undertook a joint research project. The idea was to ground what they teach participants on the practical application of various methods in research. The instructors identified a common problem in Africa and applied their expertise to […]

Recognise informal waste pickers to avoid future disasters like Koshe

In the fifth and final blog in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, Kassa Teshager Alemu – assistant professor at the Ethiopian Civil Service University – uses his research on the role of informal actors in Addis Ababa’s solid waste management system to reflect on the recent Koshe landslide and how a similar disaster […]

Staff Quality for Expanded Service Delivery in Ghana’s District Assemblies

In this blog, the fourth in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, Daniel Doh investigates the impact of staff motivation and competence levels within local government on the quality of service delivery in Ghana’s district assemblies Kejetia Market, Ghana. Image credit: Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Decentralisation in Ghana One of the most discussed and acted upon […]

Decentralising maternal healthcare in Kenya: who’s happy and who’s not

In this blog, the third in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, researchers from Kenya dramatize – through Kenyan storytelling – their recent study on citizens’ perceptions of the impact of decentralisation on healthcare in Kenya. The characters in the story are fictitious. Photo: Availability of ambulances at sub-County level has not only translated […]

Why are there differences within public education in Uganda?

In this blog, the second in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, Emilly Comfort Maractho reflects on the differing success of public primary education in Uganda. Last year, as I addressed the Nebbi Makerere Students Association at a function organised to help students making the best of their time at university, I spoke to […]

Electoral promises and performance in Nigerian local government

In this blog, the first in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, researchers from Nigeria share insights from their recent study on citizens’ perceptions of elected versus ‘selected’ local government officials. In 1999 Nigeria returned to democratic rule after a long spell of military rule. Democracy opened up spaces for political debates and contestations, […]

Apply for Research Design & Methods Courses (April-May 2017)

Application deadline: February 5, 2017 The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research is offering the following professional development courses in April and May 2017. Click on the links below to be directed to a specific course page. Advanced Research Design: http://www.pasgr.org/call-for-applications-advanced-research-design-course-april-2017/ Social Network Analysis: http://www.pasgr.org/call-for-applications-social-network-analysis-course-april-2017/ Action Research: http://www.pasgr.org/call-for-applications-action-research-course-may-2017/ Comparative Case Studies: http://www.pasgr.org/call-for-applications-comparative-case-studies-research-course-may-2017/ Survey Design […]

DAAD Scholarships for the Master of Research and Public Policy 2017/18

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is an independent, non-partisan pan-African not-for-profit organisation working to enhance research excellence in governance and public policy that contributes to the overall wellbeing of women and men. In its Higher Education Programme, PASGR works with twelve universities across seven African countries to implement a collaborative Master […]

Call for Applications: Action Research Course (May 2017)

Course dates: May 1 to May 4, 2017 Training location: Nairobi, Kenya Contact person: nirungu@pasgr.org (Questions/clarifications only) The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is offering a 4-day professional development course in Action Research. This training is relevant to African academics, researchers and PhD students who would like to include multiple stakeholders in […]

Call for Applications: Survey Design & Execution Course (May 2017)

Course dates: May 1 to May 4, 2017 Training location: Nairobi, Kenya Contact person: nirungu@pasgr.org (Questions/clarifications only) The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is offering a 4-day professional development course in Survey Design and Execution. This training is relevant to African academics, researchers and PhD students interested in moving from general hypotheses […]