dr. (Sylvia) SI Bergh

dr. (Sylvia) SI Bergh
Associate Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic staff unit
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0704260769
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bergh@iss.nl

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I am currently part-time Associate Professor in Development Management and Governance at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where I have worked full-time since 2007.

Since 1 September 2020, I also hold the position of senior researcher at the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance at The Hague University of Applied Sciences/De Haagse Hogeschool (THUAS/HHS).

I completed my D.Phil. thesis in Development Studies at the University of Oxford in 2008, focusing on decentralisation and local governance in Morocco. Previously, I worked at the World Bank, both in the President's Office in Washington D.C. and in the Morocco Country Office. My academic background includes a strong focus on the Middle East/North Africa region; having gained a First Class degree in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1999, I obtained an M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford in 2001. I also have extensive consultancy experience, and have published widely on local state-society relations, including The Politics of Development in Morocco: Local Governance and Participation in North Africa (I.B. Tauris, 2017).

I currently lead a project addressing the effects of heatwaves on vulnerable populations in The Hague, financed by a €69,3k subsidy from the Municipality of The Hague (total budget €99k). The project aims to enhance our understanding of the impact of heatwaves on vulnerable population groups living in The Hague, and to counter the effects through appropriate health risk communication by the municipality. In addition, by identifying simple and affordable “frugal” innovations in the Hague and globally, developed by and for local citizens, the project aims to formulate practical policy recommendations. Professor Thea Hilhorst, Professor Peter Knorringa, Dr. Erwin van Tuijl, and Ashley-Richard Longman also are also involved in this mixed-methods project that will adopt citizen science techniques, household surveys and Participatory Action Research.

My other recent and current research explores how and with what effects global models of ‘social accountability’ are deployed in various contexts (among others, in Morocco and India) and sectors (education and health) by NGOs and donors including the World Bank. Such social accountability initiatives aim to ensure greater citizen participation in service delivery (including social protection), and ultimately, increased effectiveness of these services leading to poverty reduction.

I am currently leading a small research project on this topic (with Dr. Ward Vloeberghs), collaborating with local researchers in Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon, funded by a €15k grant from the ISS’s Research Innovation Facility (RIF). Furthermore, as part of an earlier NWO-funded research project for which I was co-applicant, I have co-organized an international conference on the ‘State of Accountability’ at ISS and we are in the final stages of editing a volume (under contract with Edward Elgar) with the most innovative papers covering various aspects of accountability and interactive governance.

Finally, I am currently also contributing to a three-year research and advocacy project funded by The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by the CHS Alliance and ISS (with Prof. Thea Hilhorst) on ‘Closing the Accountability Gap: Better Protecting Survivors/Victims of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment’. We are working with local researchers in Palestine, Bangladesh and Ethiopia on perception surveys and participatory action research to monitor the Common Humanitarian Standards on Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) and to improve accountability relations between international humanitarian aid agencies, national/local stakeholders, and beneficiaries themselves.

In my position at ISS, I focus on PhD and MA thesis supervision in these and related fields of research.

My most recent publications include:

Bergh, S. I. (2021) ‘Democratic decentralization and local development: insights from Morocco’s advanced regionalization process’ in Crawford, G. and Abdulai, A.-G. (eds.) Research Handbook on Democracy and Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 482-501. (Open Access)

 

Naficy, A., Bergh, S.I., Akhavan Alavi, S.H. et al. (2021),  Understanding the Role of Outsiders in Community-Based Development Interventions: A Framework with Findings from Iran. Voluntas (online first; open access)  

 

Iguma Wakenge, C, M-R. Bashwira Nyenyezi, S.I. Bergh, and J. Cuvelier (2021), ‘From ‘conflict minerals’ to peace? Reviewing mining reforms, gender, and state performance in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’, The Extractive Industries and Society (online first; open access) 

 

Vloeberghs, W. and S. I. Bergh (2021), ‘Weapons of discontent? Sketching a research agenda on social accountability in the Arab Middle East and North Africa’, ISS Working Paper No. 671, The Hague, NL: International Institute of Social Studies. 

Shalaby, M. and S. I. Bergh (2020) ‘Power to the People? The Right to Information Law in Morocco’ blog published by Sada online journal on 30 September 2020 and re-posted by the ISS blog on 16 October 2020 

 

Bergh, S. I. (2020) ‘Building a Euro-Mediterranean partnership with, not for, cities’, CIDOB briefings No. 24, July 2020 

 

Bergh, S. I. (2020) ‘Morocco’s Decentralization Experience’, in The Dynamics of Decentralization in the MENA: Processes, Outcomes, and Obstacles, E. Lust, K. Kao et al (eds), The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) Working Paper 31, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 23-39.  

 

Bergh, S. I. (2019). ‘Social accountability, citizenship, and social protection in the MENA region: Exploring the linkages’, in: R. Jawad, N. Jones and M. Messkoub (eds.): Social policy in the Middle East and North Africa: From social assistance to universal social protection (London: Edward Elgar), 220-242 (Open Access).  

See also the related policy brief:  

Bergh, S. I. (2019). ‘Community Score Cards: A tool to improve education service delivery?’ Policy Innovation Case Studies No. 2, Middle East & North Africa Social Policy Network 

 

  • S.I. Bergh (2010). Interview with Celia M. Reyes: Local Philippine governments tackle gender inequality: To know is to be empowered. Capacity.org, 40 (August), 8-9.

  • S.I. Bergh (2017). The Politics of Development in Morocco: Local Governance and Participation in North Africa. London: I.B. Tauris

  • S.I. Bergh (2021). Chapter 26: Democratic decentralization and local development: insights from Morocco’s advanced regionalization process. In G. Crawford & A.-G. Abdulai (Eds.), Research Handbook on Democracy and Development (pp. 482-501). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar doi: 10.4337/9781788112659.00039
  • S.I. Bergh (2019). Social accountability, citizenship, and social protection in the MENA region: Exploring the linkages. In R. Jawad, N. Jones & M. Messkoub (Eds.), Social policy in the Middle East and North Africa: The New Social Protection Paradigm and Universal Coverage (pp. 220-242). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar [go to publisher's site]
  • S.I. Bergh & S. Ahmadou (2018). Claiming spaces for acts of citizenship: recent experiences of activists in Morocco. In N.A. Butenschøn & R. Meijer (Eds.), The Middle East in Transition: The Centrality of Citizenship (pp. 91-114). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar doi: 10.4337/9781788111133
  • K. Biekart & S.I. Bergh (2016). Can consultants be civic innovators? Exploring their roles as auditors and allies. In K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics) (pp. 67-86). Abington, UK: Routledge
  • A. Tandian & S.I. Bergh (2014). From temporary work in agriculture to irregular status in domestic service: the transition and experiences of Senegalese migrant women in Spain. In T-D. Truong, D. Gasper, J. Handmaker & S. Bergh (Eds.), Migration, gender and social justice: perspectives on human insecurity (Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, 9) (pp. 47-68). Heidelberg: Springer
  • T. Truong, D. Gasper, J.D. Handmaker & S.I. Bergh (2014). Migration, Gender, Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Insecurity. In T-D. Truong, D. Gasper, J. Handmaker & S. Bergh (Eds.), Migration, gender and social justice: perspectives on human insecurity (Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, 9) (pp. 3-26). Heidelberg: Springer doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-28012-2
  • S. Bergh & A. Tandian (2013). From Temporary Work in Agriculture to Irregular Status in Domestic Service: The Transition and Experiences of Senegalese Migrant Women in Spain. In T Truong, D. Gasper, J. Handmaker & S. Bergh (Eds.), Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Security (pp. 47-67). Berlin: Springer
  • S. Bergh (2012). Governance Reforms in Morocco - Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism? In A. Kadhim (Ed.), Governance in the Middle East and North Africa: A Handbook. London: Routledge
  • S. Bergh (2010). Morocco case study. In A. van de Pas, S. Rottenberg & K. Hassan (Eds.), Beyond Orthodox Approaches: Assessing Opportunities for Democracy Support in the Middle East and North Africa (pp. 17-27). The Hague: NIMD / Hivos
  • S. Bergh (2008). Middle East and North Africa Region: Case Study Morocco. In Globalisation and economic success: policy lessons for developing countries (pp. 356-392). Johannesburg: The Brenthurst Foundation, E. Oppenheimer & Son

  • S. Bergh (Ed.). (2013). The Redeployment of State Power in the Southern Mediterranean: Implications of Neoliberal Reforms for Local Governance (A special issue of Mediterranean Politics). London and New York: Routledge

  • S.I. Bergh & C.L.A. Willemse (Eds.). (2016-2016) Contemporary Islam, 10(3).
  • S. Bergh (Ed.). (2012-2012) Mediterranean Politics, 17(3).

  • S.I. Bergh (2018, juni 7). The Redeployement of State Power in the Southern Mediterranean - Implications for Local Governance. Barcelona, Aula Mediterrània 2017-2018 - Series of lectures held at the European Institue of the Mediterranean (IEMed). [go to publisher's site]
  • S.I. Bergh (2015, juni 15). Decentralisation and regional inequalities – evidence from The Netherlands and Morocco. Tunis, Seminar 'Quelle réforme de la gouvernance publique pour un développement local et regional meilleur?’.
  • S.I. Bergh & K. Biekart (2015, maart 19). Can (Evaluation) Consultants be Civic Innovators? Exploring the Shift from Auditors to Allies. Wageningen (Netherlands), Conference on Monitoring and Evaluation for Responsible Innovation, at Wageningen University.
  • S.I. Bergh (2014, februari 20). Research and Policy Influence: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Policy. Rabat, Morocco, Workshop on ‘Strengthening Research Capacities and Networks for Social Policy in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Region'.
  • S.I. Bergh & D. Rossi-Doria (2014, april 6). Plus ça change? Observing the Dynamics of Morocco’s ‘Arab Spring’ in the High Atlas. Amman, Jordan, International conference on ‘Bringing People Back In Politics: the Role of Civil Society, Organizations and Political Parties in a Post-‘Arab Spring’ Context'.
  • S.I. Bergh & D. Rossi-Doria (2014, juni 23). Plus ça change? Observing the Dynamics of Morocco’s ‘Arab Spring’ in the High Atlas. Bonn, 14th General Conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).
  • S.I. Bergh (2013, november 18). Decentralisation and local governance in the Euromed region. Brussels, Belgium, Meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM – launched by the EU’s Committee of the Regions).
  • S.I. Bergh (2013, september 12). Social movements in Morocco and the 2011 Constitution: Assessing the Linkages. Florence, Italy, 4th conference of the GDRI-DREEM on ‘Evaluation of Economic Policies and Institutional Changes in Mediterranean Countries'.
  • S.I. Bergh (2013, oktober 25). Final discussant’s comments. Berlin, Workshop on 'Dispossession and Collective Action: Neoliberal (Re)Structurings of the Rural in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey'.
  • S.I. Bergh (2011, december 1). The National Human Development Initiative in Morocco: Some implications for local governance. Washington D.C., USA, Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting.
  • S.I. Bergh (2011, april 6). Undermining the potential for representative democracy in the name of “participatory democracy”? The case of the National Initiative for Human Development and regime stability in Morocco. Florence, Italy, Twelfth Mediterranean Research Meeting.

  • S. Bergh (2009). The 2009 Municipal Elections in Morocco: Some observations on the interplay between formal and informal institutions in a rural area. Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2009: Boston (2009, november 24).
  • S. Bergh (2009). Participation and decentralisation in the World Bank¿s `Good Governance¿ Agenda ¿ some unintended consequences for local governance in Morocco. 5th (Post-) Doctoral Workshop on the World Bank: Washington DC (2009, april 27).
  • S. Bergh (2009). Local Co-Governance Innovations in Morocco and Brazil - some Insights from a Comparative Analysis. Presented at the workshop entitled ‘Spaces for Change? Decentralization, participation, and local governance in MENA’, held at the Tenth Mediterranean Research Meeting: Florence, Italy (2009, maart 25 - 2009, maart 28).
  • S. Bergh (2008). Invited to contribute a session entitled 'Decentralisation et approches participatives au Maroc: quelles implications pour la gouvernance locale?' to the course 88/06 'Decentralisation rurale et gouvernance locale', organised by Wageningen International and The Royal Tropical Institute, Wageningen (NL), 12 September 2008).
  • S. Bergh (2008). Decentralisation reforms and participatory approaches to rural development: Implications for local governance in Morocco (Paper presented at ISS Development Research Seminar, 27 February 2008).
  • S. Bergh (2008). The emergence of hybrid political orders as a result of government and donor policies – The case of ''civil'' and ''political'' societies in rural Morocco. Global Conference of the International Peace Research Organization (IPRA): Leuven, Belgium (2008, juli 15 - 2008, juli 19).
  • S. Bergh (2008). Policy Incoherence in the 'Good Governance' Agenda: the Case of Decentralisation and Community-based Development in Morocco. 12th EADI General Conference on ''Global Governance for Sustainable Development: The need for Policy Coherence and new Partnerships": Geneva (2008, juni 24 - 2008, juni 28).
  • S. Bergh (2008). Can there be a developmental state in Morocco? Finding the right balance between autonomy and embeddedness (Paper presented at the 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference on Democracy, Governance and Conflict: Dilemmas of Theory and Practice, Swansea University, UK, 1 - 3 April 2008; Paper available at: http://www.psa.ac.uk/2008/pps/Bergh.pdf). 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference on Democracy, Governance and Conflict: Dilemmas of Theory and Practice: .
  • S. Bergh (2008). Decentralisation reforms and participatory approaches to rural development: Implications for local governance in Morocco' (Paper presented at the School of Economics, University of Nottingham, Development Economics Seminar, 21 May 2008).
  • S. Bergh (2008). Assessing the scope for partnerships between local governments and civil society: lessons from Morocco (Paper presented at the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference on Innovation in the Public Sector, as part of the panel organized by the EGPA Study Group on Local Governance and Democracy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 3-6 2008; Paper available at: http://www.eur.nl/fileadmin/ASSETS/fsw/Tufan/EGPA2008/Papers/PSG4/Bergh.pdf).
  • S. Bergh (2008). What are the conditions for Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) at the local level in rural Morocco? (Paper presented at the International Conference on Decentralization, Local Power and Womens Rights: Global trends in participation, representation and access to public services, organized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Mexico City, 18-21 November 2008).
  • S. Bergh (2007). Overcoming Tensions in Local Development: the Scope for Synergies between Decentralization and Participatory Approaches in the Case of Morocco (Paper presented at the conference on "Development Dialogue 2007: Development and its Discontents" organised by Institute of Social Studies The Hague on 4 July 2007).
  • S. Bergh (2007). Public administration capacity to implement 'participatory' development policy: Evidence from Morocco (Paper presented at the conference on "European Conference on African Studies: African Alternatives: Initiative and Creativity beyond Current Constraints organised by Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) African Studies Centre Leiden on 11 - 14 July 2007).
  • S. Bergh (2007). Assessing the potential for synergies between decentralization and participatory development projects: the case of Morocco (Paper presented at the conference on "Making Institutions Work for the Poor? Annual Conference of the Norwegian Association for Development Research" organised by Chr. Michelsen Institute and Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU) Bergen, Norway on 5-7 November 2007).
  • S. Bergh (2006). Morocco Case Study (Paper on the Moroccan economy and implications for Africa). Conference "Globalisation and Economic Success: Policy Options for Africa" (invited and sponsored by the Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa): Cairo (2006, november 13 - 2006, november 14).
  • S. Bergh (2006). Theory-Based Evaluation of Institutional Sustainability in “Participatory” Development Projects – A Case Study from Morocco. Paper presented at the EASY-ECO Conference on ''Improving the Quality of Sustainable Development Projects'': Saarbrücken (2006, oktober 12 - 2006, oktober 14).
  • S. Bergh & S. Pellissery (2006). Participation discourse as the bridge between individual freedom and group rights: Comparative experiences from development projects in India and North Africa. Paper presented at the 2006 International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association: Groningen (2006, augustus 29 - 2006, september 1).
  • S. Bergh (2006). Conceptual Issues in Capacity Building: A Case Study on Local Government and Village Associations in Morocco. Paper presented at the 4th Development Dialogue at the Institute of Social Studies on "Capacity Building in Practice: Does It Really Matter for Development?'': The Hague (2006, juni 9).

The Hague Unviersity of Applied Sciences HHS

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Sep/2020
End date approval
Sep/2023
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THE HAGUE
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employment next to my part-time EUR appointment

4152 Development Policies and Practice

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4152 Development Policies and Practice
Year
2020

Global Poverty, Local Solutions

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Global Poverty, Local Solutions
Year
2020

Board of Examiners

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Board of Examiners
Year
2020

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General Information
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2020

4392 GDP: Working towards the RP

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4392 GDP: Working towards the RP
Year
2020

3105 Research Paper Preparation

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3105 Research Paper Preparation
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2020

5401 Research Paper

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5401 Research Paper
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2020

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Major GDP
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2020

SpringerPlus

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Social Sciences section
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Member Editorial Board
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Feb/2015
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Jun/2016

British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

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Community Development Journal

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Ad Hoc Reviewer

Democratization

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Ad Hoc Reviewer

Development and Change

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Ad Hoc Reviewer

Journal of Development Studies

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Ad Hoc Reviewer

Forum for Development Studies

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Gender, Technology and Development

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Human Resources For Health

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Ad Hoc Reviewer

ISS Working Paper

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Since January 2014, I am the editor for the Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI) working paper series that is published as part of the ISS Working Paper Series.
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European Journal of Development Research

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Jan/2016

Cogent Social Sciences

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Member of the inaugural editorial advisory board of the Geography, Planning & Development section of Cogent Social Sciences, published by Taylor & Francis
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Oct/2016

Journal of Social Policy

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Public Management Review (online)

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Ad Hoc Reviewer

Mediterranean Politics

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Sep/2016

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Erasmus University Rotterdam
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International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
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