Case Studies

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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.

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How Tradition Remade Rwanda

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

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The Changemakers

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

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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.

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Bridging Kenya’s Data Divide

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

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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.

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Outfoxing the Oligarchs in Latvia

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

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Policing Electoral Violence in India

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Changing the Code on Corruption

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

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The Anti-Godfather

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Battle for Bihar

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

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Making Up Is Hard to Do

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