In planning its Covid-19 response, Sierra Leone needed to consider the needs of its most vulnerable citizens. Surveys conducted by the MIT Governance Lab and the Institute for Governance Reform tried to capture their voices.
Daniela Beltrame, Rodrigo Cordova-Ponce, Alisa Zomer
New exploratory research seeks to understand the relationship between people and government during the pandemic, specifically in informal contexts — conceived broadly as communities and activities existing and operating outside formal government regulations or legal frameworks.
The lack of a centralized, up-to-date database of people in Nairobi’s informal economy and nepotism are hampering citizens’ access to government cash assistance, worsening economic hardships and frustrations.
The Committed to Caring program, an initiative of the Office of Graduate Education, published a profile of MIT GOV/LAB Faculty Director Lily Tsai honoring her commitment to graduate student mentorship.
The fourth annual PBD conference featured judicial, urban, bureaucrat, and misinformation panels, along with workshops on dispute resolution and party worker recruitment. Graduate student research was highlighted at a poster session.
We are pleased to announce the four recipients including lead principal investigators Natalia Bueno; Tanushree Goyal; Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner; and Gwyneth McClendon, O’Brien Kaaba, and Elizabeth Sperber.
To build a stronger evidence base, MIT GOV/LAB is piloting an open call for research proposals on topics related to citizen engagement and government accountability in a diversity of contexts. August 31 deadline.
We are convening a third annual PBD conference with panels and workshops on gender, violence, citizen-coordination, and political behavior. This year we also have a poster session featuring graduate student research.
PRESS RELEASE: MIT GOV/LAB will serve as a research collaborator to evaluate a pilot re-entry project focusing on mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders with the Middlesex Sheriff's Office.
Our Data Science to Solve Social Problems series continues with Jake Porway on how DataKind uses data science and artificial intelligence to empower civic society and drive government transparency and accountability.
Can training citizens and government officials together create a more constructive relationship between the two key stakeholders? Reporting back from the field on the building blocks of good local governance.
According to Boston Police and ACLU of Massachusetts, over 72,000 people in Boston were stopped and frisked between 2008 and 2013. With a text and a tweet, Team Friskers hopes to bring awareness to this issue.
We are hosting a conference Friday, October 28, 2016 examining issues of racial and intergroup relations, determinants of political participation, partisanship and mobilization as well as the influence of informal institutions and elites on attitudes and behaviors.
Can election debates aimed at youth voters help activate the largest, nascent voting block in Uganda? Twaweza and Youth Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda organized #WhatWouldYouthDo political debates to engage youth voters.
How do ordinary Tanzanian citizens see politics and government? What do Tanzanian citizens think of as “engagement” and “participation” in politics? How do citizens interact with parties and political elites?