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Department of Politics and International Studies

Mr Felix Marco Conteh

BA History and Sociology (University of Sierra Leone), MA International Development (Bradford)


Felix Conteh
Mr Felix Marco Conteh
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Thesis title:
Governance Reforms in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of the Conception, Design and implementation of the Decentralization programme and its Impacts – A Political Economy Approach
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Felix Conteh is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London. His PhD analyses the origins, motives and implementation of Sierra Leone’s decentralization programme, and its impacts. Felix has worked for Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission, where he served as Regional Manager until August 2010.

PhD Research

The dominant literature on decentralization in the developing world, largely focuses on the normative arguments that justify or critique the policy, especially in relation to efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery and its potential to embedding ‘democracy’. However, little research has been conducted on the political economy front, to investigate the underlining and often very influential factors that remotely drive such programmes.
This research therefore attempts to explore the motivations of the various actors (the political class; donors, political parties, civil society and local politicians etc.), in pushing forward the decentralization agenda in Sierra Leone - investigating the incentives which influenced the various actors to decentralize or support the process. The study also investigates the extent to which decentralization may or may not have altered the political landscape, in relation to effective, accountable and strong local governance structures, capable of opening up spaces for citizens’ participation in politics, planning and development.

PhD Publications

  • Conteh, F.M. 'Chiefs, NGOs and Alternative Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in Post-conflict Sierra Leone'. Review of African Political Economy. Forthcoming 2014.
  • Conteh, F.M and Harris, D. Swings and Roundabouts: the Vagaries of Democratic Consolidation and 'Electoral Rituals' in Sierra Leone. Critical African Studies. Forthcoming 2014.


  • Member, Freedom of Information Coalition (FOI) , Sierra Leone
  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholar, Centre for Policy Studies – University of Sierra Leone, Centre for Management and Policy Research – Sierra Leone, Political Science Association of Sierra Leone


Local governance, political economy, corruption and international development