Sylvia I. Bergh (a Swedish national) is Associate Professor in development management and governance at the ISS. She completed her D.Phil. thesis in Development Studies at the University of Oxford in 2008, focusing on decentralisation and local governance in Morocco. Previously, she worked at the World Bank, both in the President's Office in Washington D.C. and in the Morocco Country Office. Her 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, she obtained an M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford in 2001. She has extensive consultancy experience, including for UNIFEM (evaluating the Gender Responsive Budgeting Program in Morocco) and Dutch NGOs (on democracy promotion in Morocco).
Sylvia is currently working on an NWO-ICSSR financed research project on 'Service with Accountability: Examining public service characteristics in differing political regimes'. She is in particular focusing on social accountability initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa region, including projects using the Community Score Card methodology in Morocco.
Areas of Interest: Decentralisation and local governance, capacity building and institutional sustainability, participatory approaches to rural development, natural resources management and collective action (water governance in particular), project implementation and evaluation, donor policies and aid harmonisation, migration and developmental impact of remittances. Geographical focus: Morocco, Middle East and North Africa region, Uganda, Suriname, Georgia
S. Bergh (2006). Les rapports entre la dégradation des ressources naturelles et l'exode rural: le cas du Maroc [French summary of conference paper in English]. Revue Marocaine d'Etudes Internationales, 14, 129-132.
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
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
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
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 (2020). Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: Strategies of Centralization and Decentralization [Bespreking van het boek Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: Strategies of Centralization and Decentralization]. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 52(3), 590-592. doi: 10.1017/S0020743820000446
S. Bergh (2013). Empowered Participation or Political Manipulation? State, Civil Society and Social Funds in Egypt and Bolivia by Rabab El-Mahdi [Bespreking van het boek Empowered Participation or Political Manipulation? State, Civil Society and Social Funds in Egypt and Bolivia by Rabab El-Mahdi]. Development in Practice, 23(1), 152-153. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2013.753032
S. Bergh (2011). Anne-Meike Fechter and Heather Hindman (eds): Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers. The Challenges and Futures of Aidland [Bespreking van het boek Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers. The Challenges and Futures of Aidland]. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 23(2), 532-534. doi: 10.1007/s11266-011-9224-2
S. Bergh (2011). Sue Kenny and Matthew Clarke (eds.) (2010): Challenging Capacity Building: Comparative Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan [Bespreking van het boek Sue Kenny and Matthew Clarke (eds.) (2010): Challenging Capacity Building: Comparative Perspectives.]. Development in Practice, 21(3), 445-446.
S. Bergh (2010). Book review of ''Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity'' ed. by Singerman, D [Bespreking van het boek Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity]. Review of Middle East Studies, 44(2), 258-259.
S. Bergh (2007). Book Review of "The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations" by D. Lewis [Bespreking van het boek The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations; 2nd ed.]. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 18(3), 308-309.
S. Bergh (2004). Book Review of "Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises" by R. Paton (ed.) [Bespreking van het boek Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises]. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 15(2), 213-214.
S. Bergh (2004). Book Review of "A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe" (B M. Garc Arenal and G. Wiegers eds., Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) [Bespreking van het boek Book Review of "A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe" (B M. Garc¿Arenal and G. Wiegers eds., Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)]. Canadian Journal of History, 39, 118-120.
S. Bergh (Ed.). (2013-2012) Mediterranean Politics, 17(3).
W.P. Vloeberghs & S.I. Bergh (2021). Weapons of discontent? Sketching a research agenda on social accountability in the Arab Middle East and North Africa. (Preprints, ISS working papers. General series, no 671). The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies
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 & 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 & 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 (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 (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). 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 (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). 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 (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). 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). 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). 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 (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). 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 (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 (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 (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 (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).
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). 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).