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Dr. Bettina Bunk


Short CV

  • Since 2013: Associate Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs, in the project „Civil Society Organizations as Supporters of Authoritarian Rule? A Cross-Regional Comparison (Vietnam, Algeria, Mozambique)“, responsible for the case study of Mozambique

  • 2006 - 2009: Project Manager of the pilot project generationaktiv (funded by the Robert-Bosch-Foundation)

  • 2005 - 2006: Amazonas Programme German Development Service (DED) in cooperation with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Forum of the Eastern Amazon Region (FAOR), Belém, Brazil

  • Since 2004: Freelancer for different governmental and non-governmental organisations (i.a. German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES))

  • Education: Doctoral candidate at the University of Potsdam, Chair of International Politics, dissertation topic: Governance and Local Economic Development in South Africa and Mozambique; Master of Arts in political science and sociology at the University of Constance; Master of Arts in Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Institute for Social Development, South Africa; Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), Departamento de Sociologia, Portugal; Master Theses on participation of civil society in local political structures and decision-making processes in Mozambique and South Africa

  • Fellowship and doctoral fellowship of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

Current Research

  • Comparative research on democracy and political regimes

  • Authoritarianism and civil society development in Mozambique

  • Governance, decentralisation, civil society participation, participatory budgeting

  • Local government development and local economic development in South Africa and Mozambique

  • Main regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa

Countries and Regions

  • Mozambique

  • South Africa

Media Contributions