The Hague Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity

Civil Registration Centre for Development, The Hague and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg

Giulia Piccolino

German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Giulia Piccolino is a post-doctoral research fellow sponsored by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. She is interested in post-conflict reconstruction and statebuilding, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining GIGA, she worked as an electoral observer for the Carter Center and as an electoral advisor for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and attended relevant training courses. These experiences arose her interest in voter registration and voter registration technologies. She subsequently conducted research on the Permanent Electronic Electoral List in Benin as part of the European Union Framework Programme 7 funded project “The economic, social and political consequences of democratic reforms. A quantitative and qualitative comparative analysis”. Her analysis of the joint civil/voter registration process in Côte d’Ivoire and the voter registration process in Benin and Ghana have resulted in two journal articles forthcoming on Development and Change and Democratization. Her work looks at the role of voter registration and registration technologies in the processes of state building and democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa.