My PhD Dissertation

The Public Administration in Rwanda and Burundi in the age of international policies for good governance; an anthropological comparative approach

ehessThesis Director: Giorgio Blundo

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS – School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences)


Structural Adjustments implemented by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) within developing states have a normative structure based on Weberian principles of governance. They aim at the modification of public services management towards a state organizational functionning matching the occidental ideology of good governance. However, this state reform exerts a socio-cultural impact which affects existing solidarities ( accountability modes) and modify the relation between the State, the Administration and the Citizens (governance modes).

My aim is to analyze the transposition of international norms of good governance into the bureaucratic procedures in Rwanda and Burundi, studying the implementation of good governance principles throughout decentralization. The findings and recommandations of the thesis will be relevant to optimize the implementation process of structural adjustment plans on decentralization and increase knowledge on its socio-cultural consequences.

Research Areas:

  • Political anthropology of the state
  • Decentralization, governance and public service’s delivery
  • Anthropology of transitional processes  and state’ structural reforms
  • Sociology of the organisation and behavioral norms, functionnalism


Welcome on my website!


Thank you for visiting my website. I am a specialist in governance issues and strategic research.
I hold a PhD in anthropology, currently working as a senior adviser for the U4 Anti-Corruption Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute.

You can find on this website a few publications, some personal information as well as my CV.

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Le Laboratoire de la Gouvernance

Logo-3cmDuring my trip in Lebanon, I had the opportunity to meet a young man which status were quite unusual: he was Mininster of Economy for the Youth Shadow Government! Thanks to the sustain of the civil society, in particular the An Nahar Newspaper which welcome the association in its building, this NGO succeeded to be legally recognized as an association of public interest and to obtain institutional fundings. Its aim is to promote and represent interests of the Young Lebanese and enforce them towards the real government and the media. I then decided to create a similar structure in France, because young french people also deserve a better representation within the actual political system. Since December 2011, this project has been developped though an NGO called Le Laboratoire de la Gouvernance. It is only the beginning of the project but it promises to be particularly interesting. Your good will and your help are very welcome!