Gerardo Berthin is a political scientist with extensive experience in both applied democratic governance and in research and evaluations.  He has been a program officer/director/manager and/or technical adviser for various large and complex policy reform and democratic governance programs. As a practitioner he has worked in over 40 countries in Africa, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe for a number of international development organizations.  Both as a practitioner and academic he has acquired extensive experience in the governance reform field, particularly as related to topics such as local governance, decentralization, transparency and accountability, as well as citizen participation.

He has conducted several governance assessments, to incorporate activities into donor and/or government strategies and is the author and co-author of more than 100 publications, including UNDP national human development reports, books, contributing chapters in books and reports, assessments and evaluations, articles and technical manuals on various democratic governance areas.  He has directed academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, has taught courses and been a lecturer and instructor in over a dozen universities and academic institutions in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

He has degrees from George Washington University (Washington D.C.), Georgetown University (Washington D.C.), and the University of Chicago. He has also completed the Executive Program for Leaders in Development at the J.F.K School of Government in Harvard University.

This is a conversational blog written and maintained by Gerardo Berthin, a political scientist, who specializes in applied governance policy issues. This personal reflection is not intended to reflect the positions of organizations he is and/or was affiliated with. All pictures unless otherwise noted are attributed to the author.