Southern African Institute for Policy and Research

Seminar: Perceptions of Service Provision and Political Behaviour in Southern, Central, and Northwestern Provinces

Seminar: I Have Built You a Bridge: Perceptions of Service Provision and Political Behaviour in Southern, Central, and Northwestern Provinces

By Erin Hern

Hosted by the Zambia Governance Foundation

Thursday, 20 March, 2014

Location: Zambia Governance Foundation

This research concerns the way public policy and state service provision influence citizen’s forms and rates of political participation. During the first stage of this research, Erin was using Zambia’s National Archives and the UNIP Archives to examine differences from province to province in the way UNIP implemented the First National Development Plan, from 1966-1972. These provincial differences in policy correspond with provincial differences in political participation, suggesting a strong link between the two. Recently, Erin implemented a survey in Southern, Central, and Northwestern provinces to examine contemporary differences in service provision, perception of governance, and political participation in different parts of the country.

This presentation will explore findings from preliminary analysis of the survey data, which was carried out with support from ZGF and ZGF partner organizations (including Environment Africa, Restless Development, and Caritas).

Erin Hern is a PhD Candidate at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She in Zambia, affiliated with the SAIPAR, from July 2013 to April 2014 to complete research for her doctoral dissertation. 

Maano alazwa amukasumbwa

Translation: "Wisdom may be found through observation of even the simplest things"

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