For the People, By the People in Indonesia
How one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt countries gave power over funding to its poorest citizens.
How Tradition Remade Rwanda
The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.
How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.
Redrawing the Map for Democracy
How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.
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.
Outfoxing the Oligarchs in Latvia
How a tiny Baltic republic succeeded in taking its oligarchs down a peg.
Policing Electoral Violence in India
How India's elections administration used “vulnerability mapping” to stop trouble before it happened.
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.
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.
Avoiding War Number Two in Liberia
A war-torn country is not a broken country. How Liberia pulled off its 2005 election.
Changing the Code on Corruption
How a Brazilian government commission tried to fight back against sleaze.
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.
Taking on the Gangs in Cape Town
How local officials in a township in post-apartheid South Africa confronted the challenge of gang violence.
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.
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.
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.