Welcome to GLD

The uprisings in the Middle East have opened previously unavailable possibilities to study and engage in issues of governance and local development. The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) fosters interdisciplinary research on Arab governance and local development.

Upcoming Event

AIMS-GLD-Arab Barometer Conference on Linking Public Opinion and Political Action
May 30 - June 1, 2015

Recent Events

Launch of CEMAT/UNDEF and LGPI Tunisian Public Opinion Surveys
April 28, 2015
Tunis, Tunisia
Presentations: UNDEF launch presentation (Arabic/English); Regional Youth Issues in ArabicRegional Youth Issues in EnglishTransitional Justice Issues in ArabicTransitional Justice Issues in English

GLD Second Annual Conference: Service Provision in a Changing Arab World
April 9 & 10, 2015
Yale University – New Haven, CT
Sterling Memorial Library
Introductory RemarksFull Summary


"Trust, Voice, and Incentives : Learning from Local Success Stories in Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa," by Hana Brixi, Ellen Lust, and Michael Woolcock, World Bank, April 2015.

"‘The Children of the State’? How Palestinians from the Seven Villages Negotiate Sect, Party and State in Lebanon," by Nora Stel, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, April 17, 2015.