As part of the Local Public Sector Alliance’s efforts to promote high-quality, policy-relevant research on issues related to decentralization and local development around the world, in 2021/22, the Alliance offered a number of awards for outstanding papers on decentralization and local development. Although the award was open to all, the award was targeted at young scholars and emerging researchers from around the world. In addition to region-specific outstanding paper awards, the Alliance also offered a Global Outstanding Decentralization Paper Award.
We are excited to announce that Michael Mbate (Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme in New York) was selected as the winner of the Global Outstanding Decentralization Paper Award (2021/22) for his working paper “Fiscal decentralization and redistribute politics: Evidence from Kenya”. Michael’s submission previously won the Outstanding Decentralization Paper Award for Sub-Saharan Africa. This global recognition comes with a total cash prize of US$1,000 (including the regional award).
As part of the LPSA Outstanding Paper Awards for 2021/22, regional awards were provided to winners in Asia, in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as well as in Europe and Central Asia. Teh top award in each region came with a cash prize of US$500. In addition to Mr. Mbate, three regional awards were made.
Rajib Timalsina (Tribhuvan University, Nepal), was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Decentralization Paper Award for the Asia Region (2021/22), for his working paper “Local Perspectives, Global Goals: Reflections from Citizen-led Assessments on Responsive Local Governance in Improving Learning Outcomes in Nepal”.
Vanessa L. Deane, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Urban Planning at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, received the Outstanding Decentralization Paper Award for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region (2021/22), for her working paper Towards a Decentralized Haitian State.
Camille Barras, a Ph.D. candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Decentralization Paper Award for Europe and Central Asia (ECA Region), for her working paper Decentralization and political participation: Evidence from Ukraine.