Political Governance

Kelly Bidwell (Innovations for Poverty Action) presented on behalf of Katherine Casey (Stanford Graduate School of Business). Two discussants responded, Michael Kargbo and Yasmin Jusu-Sheriff, and the session was moderated by Justice Salimatu Koroma. Ms Bidwell presented results of studies of quota systems for women in government and studies showing how the provision of information by civic groups can encourage voter action and enhance accountability. Ms Jusu-Sheriff said that Ms Bidwell’s presentation gives hope that even with a less educated populace, transformation can occur from the bottom-up.