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Christian Arandel

Program Director, Governance and Civic Engagement

Christian Arandel works in promoting good governance and strengthening democratic institution worldwide. He joined RTI in 2002 as a local governance specialist. From 2005 to 2008, he was chief of party for the Morocco Local Governance Project, a 3-year USAID-funded project to improve transparency and local governance in three regions and ten municipalities in the country. Mr. Arandel has over 15 years of experience in local governance and municipal management through his work in the Middle East, North and West Africa, and the United States. He has worked on local governance and decentralization policy issues with a focus on improving local participatory governance, promoting transparent management of local resources, strengthening municipal performance, and promoting gender-sensitive and equitable local development. Before RTI, Mr. Arandel was regional manager of the MENA region for the Urban Management Programme, a United Nations program supporting local governments in the Near East and North Africa.


MUP, Urban Planning and International Development, Housing and Community Development, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Diploma, Advanced European Studies, College of Europe; Diploma, Political Science–International Relations, Institut d'Etudes Politiques.

Latest Publications

Arandel, C., Brinkerhoff, D.W., & Bell, M.M. (2015). Reducing fragility through strengthening local governance in Guinea. Third World Quarterly, 36 (5):985-1006.
Arandel, C. (2003). Iraq local governance project: Lessons learned from post-conflict governance experiences: Local Governance Project. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International. U.S. Agency for International Development, Contract No. EDG-C 00 03-00010-00
El-Batran, M., & Arandel, C. (1998). A shelter of their own: Informal settlement expansion in Greater Cairo and government responses. Environment and Urbanization, 10 (1):217-232.
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  • Local Governance
  • Participatory Strategic Planning
  • Urban Management
  • Transparency