William Hogan

United Nations Logistics Adviser
National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone
Focus Area(s): 
Elections
Critical Tasks: 
Training
Interviewers: 
Ashley McCants
Country of Reform: 
Sierra Leone
Town/City: 
Freetown
Country: 
Sierra Leone
Date of Interview: 
Friday, August 1, 2008
Abstract 

William Hogan discusses his experiences as a United Nations logistics adviser for Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission.  He talks about the potential for institutions like the commission to become dependent on aid organizations and donors, and the problems that this presents for creating sustainable and independent institutions, as well as for ensuring that the programs reflect the interests of the country and not the interests of donors.  Hogan emphasizes the importance of long-term capacity building and the need for self-criticism among civil servants within the commission, in order for them to grow in their capacity and in their functional independence.  He mentions the difficulties with working through linguistic barriers and with limited tools and infrastructure, and concludes by emphasizing the importance of understanding each country’s unique characteristics and context in policy decisions.     

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Profile: 
At the time of this interview, William Hogan was a United Nations logistics adviser to the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone.  He joined the U.N. as a volunteer in 1993 and served in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Cambodia and Mozambique.   Subsequent to this interview, Hogan worked in Moldova, Kenya and Tanzania with the U.N., and in Uganda on the South Sudan referendum.  He then worked in the Solomon Islands with AusAID as the election operations adviser to the Electoral Commission.   In his native Australia, Hogan spent about 15 years at the Electoral Commission.

 

Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Australian
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William Hogan
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Keywords 
Election Management Body
Donor Relations
polling supplies
training
UN Policies
Voter Registration
rural voter registration