A range of issues on governance, participation, and accountability, including: citizenship, planning, economic investment, rights, and environmental impact.

Advocacy at the community level, Tanzania.
This research is exploring practical ways in which citizens in low income countries can hold their local leaders to account for their performance in delivering basic services and in reducing poverty.

Urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa are growing rapidly. While there has been considerable attention paid to the challenges of African mega-cities, the experiences of smaller urban areas have been relatively neglected. Secondary cities, with populations of less than half a million, are absorbing two-thirds of all urban population growth in Africa.

Ethiopia 2009
Exploring the relationship between parliament, parliamentarians and the public, this project aims to investigate the extent to which poverty reduction depends on an effective parliament with MPs engaging with the public.
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What political and institutional conditions are associated with effective poverty reduction and development in Liberia post-conflict, and what can domestic and external actors do to promote them?

In Indian cities many people live in marginal areas, with insecure housing, and inadequate provision of most public services, such as water and sanitation, electricity, garbage collection and policing.

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How has state building-oriented research sponsored by DFID influenced and interacted with UK governmental policies targeting fragile, post-conflict environments? Field research was conducted in three country case studies: Afghanistan, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

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