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Colette Nyirakamana, PhD Candidate, Political Science

PhD Candidate, Colette Nyirakamana awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SGS Grant in Aid of Travel Research and Field Study Fund

Congratulations to Colette Nyirakamana for receiving both OGS and SGS Grant for Travel Research to examine the financial capacity of local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa!

Oct 02, 2017

 The Ontario Graduate Scholarship provides funding to full-time students at the master's and doctoral levels. It is a merit-based scholarship for students with an A- or above average.

The School of Graduate Studies Grant in Aid of Travel Research and Field Study fund are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that have clearly defined objectives and methods, and that meet the criteria established. 

Colette’s research examines the financial capacity of local governments in Sub-Saharan African countries, an important element of devolution reforms. Her work seeks to explain why despite the availability of financial resources, local actors in urban municipalities are unable to raise revenue. Drawing from urban governance theories, administrative capacity and political influence approaches, her work highlights the challenges related to local revenues mobilization and presents various strategies for local actors to strengthen financial autonomy. Colette’s work is important as it highlights both financial weaknesses in Sub-Saharan African local governments to implement development projects and also strategies for local actors to decrease reliance on international organizations.  

All the best Colette, in your fieldwork in Sub-Sahara Africa!