Case Study Contest

The 2015 IALG

“Good Practice” Case Study Contest

I. Objectives

The “Good Practice” Case Study Contest is to encourage young students and professionals in local administration to undertake studies at the field level on “good practices” that help solve local social and economic problems in order to improve the quality of life of its citizens. There are many such “good practice” examples that could be of great benefit to local administrators, especially in developing countries, if they are properly documented and distributed. The Contest is also to encourage young students and professionals to go into the field, identify issues at the local level, and analyze how they are resolved by local administrators and/or by local communities.

The Contest is supported by the “Good Practice” Case Study Contest Award Fund based on the financial contribution from an anonymous donor, as well as future individual or institutional donations.

II. Awards

The three prizes in 2015 will consist of:

  • First Prize: a cash prize of US$350 (three hundred fifty dollars), conference lodging for three nights and a Certificate of Commendation.
  • Second Prize: a cash prize of US$200 (two hundred dollars) and a Certificate of Commendation.
  • Third Prize: a cash prize of US$100 (one hundred dollars) and a Certificate of Commendation.

  For the three prizewinners, the registration fee for the 2015 International Conference on Local Government will be waived.

 The three winning case studies will be published in the Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies.

 III. Qualifications of Contestants

  1. All contestants, including all authors in the case of multiple authors, must not have reached the age of 30 years as of the deadline for submission – 30 June 2015. Since this award is to recognize and promote outstanding scholarship among young students and professionals, this requirement will be strictly enforced.
  2. The contest is open to:
    1. senior class undergraduates or graduate students working toward an MA or PhD at an accredited institution;
    2. individual members of IALG;
    3. up to five employees of an Institutional Member of IALG; and
    4. up to five submissions each from institutions with MOUs with College of Local Administration (COLA) of Khon Kaen University.

 IV. Selection Process

The Selection Committee,  appointed by the Chairperson of IALG, will review all the case studies submitted and select and rank the best three, taking into account the following:

  1. Appropriateness or relevance of the case chosen to the conference theme and topics;
  2. Analytical quality;
  3. Quality of information/data collected;
  4. Organization of the case study, including adherence to parameters; and
  5. Writing and presentation quality.

The theme of the conference is: "Dynamics of City Management: Lessons in citizen engagement, government transparency and innovative public services.”

 Suggested areas of study are:

  • Public policy;
  • Social media in local governance;
  • Representation, participation, deliberation, and conflict resolution;
  • Local economic development and financial management;
  • Local wisdom, culture, and social capital;
  • Transformational leadership and community development;
  • In search of the principles of governance at the local level;
  • Environment and local natural resources;
  • Local population: an enabling or disabling factor in national development;
  • Domestic violence and social services; or
  • Local involvement in public healthcare and education reforms.

The deadline for the submission of the contest case studies is 30 June 2015 and the Conference is scheduled for 19-20 September 2015. The notification to the winners will be made by 7 August 2015.

V. Focus, Length and Format of Contest Submission

Each submission should primarily be based on field observation and/or interview data rather than theoretical or conceptual discussion. It can be partially based on secondary data analysis. It should highlight the following:

1. Definition of an issue or issues to be solved at the local level, including the magnitude of financial implications;

2. How such issues and problems were solved, as well as how much external and domestic resources were required; and

3. Lessons learned, highlighting organizational principles.

The length of each paper should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words and should have an abstract of not more than 250 words. The paper can be accompanied by up to ten (10) pages of tables, figures and references or bibliography. In order to encourage writing discipline among the contestants, any paper exceeding these limits may be disqualified. The case study should be written ONLY in English. The paper should also be accompanied by a brief (not more than one page) biography of the author(s) indicating the date and place of birth, nationality, and current academic and/or professional affiliations. It should contain information regarding the financial support, if any, for the case study to be submitted and whether the study, in any version, has been or will be published elsewhere.

Authors are to follow the Instructions to Authors (

VI. Management of the Contest

The Secretary-General of IALG manages the Contest, including the Award Fund, through his Secretariat. The Secretariat will receive all the contest entries and send them to the Chair of the Selection Committee for review and assessment. Upon the decision of the Selection Committee, the Secretary-General will notify the three finalists by 7 August 2015. The awards will be officially announced and presented at the annual IALG Conference in Khon Kaen, Thailand, 19-20 September 2015.

All entries or queries about the Contest should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and clearly identified as GPA Entry in the subject line of the email.

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