Governance and Vulnerable Populations

The emphasis on electoral democracy that once characterized development theory and practice has evolved over time into a focus on governance, or the way political power is applied. With growing evidence that both democratic and authoritarian governments can effectively steer their countries toward sustainable economic development, the attention accorded to national stability, transparency, and regulatory quality has increased. There is growing agreement that the policies a government imposes (e.g. with respect to family planning, education, environmental protection, land tenure, technology, and micro-credit) can fundamentally influence a country’s development outlook. However, more comparative policy research is needed to determine what types of policies have been more effective in different developing-country contexts. Governance and policy issues in the developing world will therefore be cross-cutting elements of the Payson Center’s academic curriculum and research portfolio over the next five years.

Just as sustainable human development occurs primarily at the individual and household level, human vulnerability – to disasters, disease, conflict and environmental hazards – is a condition that must be addressed at the level of the individual.

Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:

PROOF Project

Funding provided by the PROOF Network helps to increase the sustainability of in-country institutional partners by providing supplemental resources - both to the institutions and individuals - in order for institutions to be able to retain high quality technical or academic staff and faculty. PROOF will channel a mix of resources in a fully transparent manner to both the partner institution and directly to its individual professionals, in a manner consistent with the institution's policies and in strict adherence to ethical and conflict of interest guidelines.

Start Date: 
2013

One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa

“One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa” in partnership with the One Health for Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Secretariat located at Makerere University will expand leadership capacity development, human resources development and targeted research and community engagement activities in applied research related to One Health issues across several countries in the region through the OHCEA Secretariat. The major activities of this partnership include the management and award of competitive research grants for graduate, undergraduate and faculty at OHCEA member institutions; curriculum development; tailored short term training; and leadership capacity development all with an emphasis on women empowerment.

Start Date: 
2013

Accountability Research Project

Building upon success of previous efforts, research conducted in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Northern Uganda, the Payson Center in collaboration with UC Berkeley Human Rights Center and the Institute for Transitional Justice designed the questionnaire, developed research protocols, collected and analyzed data and report compilation for research and victim needs assessment as well as the opinions and attitudes of the general population toward justice and its relationship to peace, reconcili

Start Date: 
2006

IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training

The program places accredited teaching professionals, administrators and college professors in sub-Saharan African countries to help improve the educational systems of selected nations.

Start Date: 
2004

IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training

The program places accredited teaching professionals, administrators and college professors in sub-Saharan African countries to help improve the educational systems of selected nations.

Start Date: 
2002

IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training

The program places accredited teaching professionals, administrators and college professors in sub-Saharan African countries to help improve the educational systems of selected nations.

Start Date: 
2001

IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training

The program places accredited teaching professionals, administrators and college professors in sub-Saharan African countries to help improve the educational systems of selected nations.

Start Date: 
2000

Tulane University and Kinshasa School of Public Health Partnership - Training, Research, Information Management and Community Based Program

This project focuses on the desirability of family planning and reduction of the spread of STD/HIV infections in selected countries (primarily Francophone) in West and Central Africa.  Tulane is the prime subcontractor to JHPIEGO for the Operations Research component of this project, designed to test alternative strategies for change and to promote the use of operations research as a management tool.   The contract supports applied research, integration of Operations Research into Public Health Schools, and other institution-building activities in the region.  Tulane is also responsible fo

Start Date: 
2002

Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa Growing Areas

The purpose of this Cooperative Agreement financed by the U.S. Department of Labor is to:

1. develop population estimates for the prevalence of children working in the worst forms of child labor in the cocoa growing areas of Côte d'lvoire and Ghana based on data from Tulane University's earlier survey in 2008/2009,

Start Date: 
2012

Technical Assistance and Training to the Rabia Balkhi Women's Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan

Tulane University's Payson Center conducted research regarding knowledge, skills and competencies (KSC's) for teaching hospital staff in order to identify existing gaps in training and curricula materials.  The center then conducted skills assessments and an onsite review of personnel and procedures at the hospital.  Utilizing standard US human resources formulae, the team assessed gaps and recommended amelioration techniques in an effort to raise the standards of competency of the staff and health professionals.

Start Date: 
2006

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