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Zena Mouawad

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PhD Student

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

Germany

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Research Project

Organizational impediments to coordination in the United Nations inter-organizational relations: In pursue of a nexus between humanitarian aid and development assistance.

This research aims at examining coordination and inter-organizational relations of UN agencies in a context of synergies between humanitarian aid and development assistance in selected countries. In a context of continuous atomization of actors and policy silos in the aid landscape, the United Nations and its specialized agencies and funds hold particular organizational set ups to pursue their mandates and address multidimensional challenges. Working together is rather a critical issue constantly criticized by partners, member states and donors. Despite the application of several mechanisms to coordinate work at all levels of implementation, the work in the field is frequently not clearly defined, falling in overlaps and competition for funds and prestige between agencies. With the basis set on the regime complexity approach, this research discusses and interpret inter-organizational relationships considering the pathologies of international organisations as an instrument to understand organisations´ behaviour in coordinated programmes. Studies on the pathologies of international organisations describe management dysfunctional behaviours as undermining factors that hinder efficiency. Throughout the assessment of the many coordination mechanisms, organizational set-ups and the diversity of actors, this research will interpret theories and drawn empirical insights on the means the UN holds to coordinate action to strengthen resilience. The analysis will build on heuristics from in-depth analysis, ethnography and process tracing of organizational networks focusing on the interaction within and across agents coordinating and being coordinated. This will ultimately explain what factors and how pathologies of international organisations perpetuate organizational impediments to coordination in the field.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul

Research Interest

  • International organizations and inter-organizational relations theory;
  • Post-development theory;
  • Global governance and transnational studies;
  • Ethnography;
  • Qualitative methods;
  • Complexity and multi-level analysis;
  • The humanitarian-development nexus and the SDGs;

Vita

2015 ‑ present:   Knowledge Management and Community of Practice Facilitator - UN Volunteer and Consultant - various positions
2017 ‑ 2018:   Junior Research Officer at the International Labour Organization - Geneva, Switzerland
2016:   Research Intern of the Bi- and Multilateral Cooperation Department at the German Development Institute (DIE) - Bonn, Germany
2016:   MA in Development and Governance, Duisburg-Essen University - Duisburg, Germany
2016:   Summer School in Development Policy, Bonn University - Bonn, Germany
2016:   Research Intern at Käte Hamburger Kolleg - Centre for Global Cooperation Research - Duisburg-Essen University - Duisburg, Germany
2013 - 2015:   Project Analyst at the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) - Brasília, Brazil
2012:   MBA in Project Management, ESAD Escola de Administracao e Negócios - Brasília, Brazil
2008 ‑ 2012:   United Nations in Brazil - various positions
2006:   Bachelors Diplom in International Relations, UNICURITIBA - Curitiba, Brazil

Awards

2015 ‑ 2016:   DAAD Public Policy and Good Governance Masters Scholarships Programme - Helmut Schmidt

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Latest Publications

Raffael Beier: Towards a New Perspective on the Role of the City in Social Movements. Urban Policy after the 'Arab Spring', in: City, 22 (2018) 2, pp. 220-235

Diotima Chattoraj: Experiences of Sri Lankan Tamils Displaced to Colombo: Three Narratives, in: eTropic Vol. 17 No. 1 (2018)

Ruth Knoblich and Dr. Tobias Schonwetter: Rising Middle-IP Powers dissolving the North/South polarization in the international IP system (blog article on the IP Unit's blog-website)

More information: "Publications / New Publications"

IEE on Tour

June 08 - July 15:
Ruth Knoblich
at Cape Town and Pretoria / South Africa, for lecturing in the MADM Programme; field research; and attending a conference

June 16 - 24:
Dr. Tobias Thürer
at Cape Town University / South Africa, for the 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

June 25 - 26:
Zena Mouawad
at the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn/Germany, attending the 2nd International Research and Policy Workshop on Migration and Development: "Forced Migration Process: trends, concepts and patterns"

June 25 - 30:
Raffael Beier
at the National Distance Education University (UNED), Madrid/Spain, participating in the ESA RN 37 III. Midterm Conference "Inequality and uncertainty: current challenges for cities" (presenting 'Pictures of Contrast – Casablanca's Tramway between Urban Inclusion and Exclusion')

IEE on Field Research

Anne Siebert has a research stay at the International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague/Netherlands, from May to June 2018.