Adjunct Lecturer of Public Administration
Gundula Loffler entered the Wagner doctoral program in 2009. Her research interests are in institutional issues of local finance and decentralization reform; participatory local governance and accountability; modes of delivery and aid effectiveness. She completed her coursework and comprehensive exams in the fields of public policy, international development and mixed methods and is currently preparing her dissertation proposal.
Prior to joining NYU Wagner, Gundula worked in development assistance for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Egypt, Syria and Germany on issues such as participatory development, decentralization, slum upgrading and urban management. She spent three years in Cairo as advisor on capacity development for local governance. Gundula holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the University of Konstanz in Germany and a Masters in City and Regional Studies from Rutgers University.
Financing Local Government in Developing Countries
Many developing countries have been significantly reforming the scope and organization of the public sector in recent years. This course critically examines the changing structures and operations of government fiscal systems in developing countries, with particular emphasis on the growing trend to strengthen sub-national levels. Major topics include: understanding broader national fiscal reform processes; determining an appropriate division of fiscal responsibilities among levels of government; evaluating mechanisms for decentralized government revenue mobilization; and, assessing prospects and options for pursuing decentralization and intergovernmental fiscal reform. The course focuses on economic analysis, but attention is also given to political, institutional and cultural considerations that are critical for effective policy design and implementation.