Case Studies

Case Studies

How Tradition Remade Rwanda

The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.

Daniel Scher |

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The Changemakers

How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.

Rushda Majeed |

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Redrawing the Map for Democracy

How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.

Rachel Jackson |

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Bridging Kenya's Data Divide

How Africa’s tech leader made it from PDFs to paperless.

Rushda Majeed |

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Liberia Leans In

In a country where rape has been used as a weapon of war, reformers are making special efforts to turn women into cops.

Laura Bacon |

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Outfoxing the Oligarchs in Latvia

How a tiny Baltic republic succeeded in taking its oligarchs down a peg.

Gabriel Kuris |

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Policing Electoral Violence in India

How India's elections administration used “vulnerability mapping” to stop trouble before it happened.

Michael Scharff |

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Cooling Ethnic Conflict in Guyana's Elections

Guyana's 2001 presidential election left the country deeply divided along ethnic lines. In 2006, they decided to try something new.

Varanya Chaubey |

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Paving the Way for Mandela's Election

Organizing the first post-apartheid election in 1994 took a lot of logistical planning and political inclusion. But it also took a lot of creativity in finding  solutions to the numerous problems that arose.

Amy Mawson |

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Avoiding War Number Two in Liberia

A war-torn country is not a broken country. How Liberia pulled off its 2005 election.

Michael Scharff |

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Changing the Code on Corruption

How a Brazilian government commission tried to fight back against sleaze.

Deepa Iyer |

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The Anti-Godfather

How a mayor set out to save a Sicilian city from neglect and Mafia influence.

Laura Bacon |

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Rebooting the Bureaucracy in Georgia

As Georgian voters prepare to vote in a crucial parliamentary election, a look back at one of the signature programs of President Mikheil Saakashvili. 

Richard Bennet |

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Taking on the Gangs in Cape Town

How local officials in a township in post-apartheid South Africa confronted the challenge of gang violence.

Richard Bennet |

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The City with a Short Fuse

How a shrewd politician defused ethnic tension and improved public services in one of Indonesia’s most dysfunctional cities.

Rushda Majeed |

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The Great Ballot Box Caper

How do you conduct an election when contending political forces don't agree on the rules? An unlikely study in compromise from Northern Ireland in 2005.

Michael Scharff |

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Rebuilding the Police in Kosovo

In the wake of its war with the Serbs, Kosovo faced a yawning law enforcement gap. Here's how the international community helped an embyronic country rebuild its police.

Morgan Greene |

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The Battle for Bihar

Sleaze still plagues India. But one place is fighting back.

Sudip Mazumdar |

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Making Up Is Hard to Do

As the Arab Spring countries are about to learn, reconciliation is hard, grinding work.

Charles Villa-Vicencio |