• Evaluator - Team Leader

Dr Mascha Rauschenbach

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Mascha Rauschenbach started working as an evaluator at the Competence Centre for Methodology in 2018. Before her work at DEval she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of International Relations of Prof Sabine Carey at the University of Mannheim. Here she researched and taught in democratization, conflict research, election-related violence, African politics and on the political economy and the impacts of development cooperation. She received her doctorate on campaign strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa from the University of Mannheim in 2015 and her diploma (Masters) in Languages, Economics and Cultural Studies from the University of Passau in 2010. Mascha Rauschenbach has extensive experience in the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. During various field research stays in Cameroon and Ghana she conducted a survey experiment, created an event data set, conducted quantitative content analyses, and conducted focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Ms. Rauschenbach gained relevant practical experience in development cooperation during internships at the Goethe-Institut in Togo and the GIZ in Cameroon, for which she conducted studies on the impact of a decentralisation process on local development.

Key qualifications

Thematic focus

Democratisation/ elections in developing countries.

Development cooperation in the area of climate change/protection and energy


Methodological focus

Qualitative and econometric approaches of impact assessments

Regional focus

Sub-Saharan Africa

Selected publications

BenYishay, A.; Sayers, R.; Singh, K.; Goodman, S.; Walker, M.; Traore, S.; Rauschenbach, M. and Noltze, M. (2024), "Irrigation Strengthens Climate resilience: Long-term Evidence from Mali Using Satellites and Surveys, PNAS Nexus, Volume 3, Nummer 2, February 2024, https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgae02.

Daxecker, Ursula & Rauschenbach, Mascha (Forthcoming). “Election Type and the Logic of Pre-Election Violence: Evidence from Zimbabwe, ” Electoral Studies. [Link]

Noltze, M., und M. Rauschenbach (2019), "Anpassungen an den Klimawandel: Erreicht die deutsche Finanzierung die besonders betroffenen Länder?". DEval Policy Brief 01/2020. Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (DEval), Bonn. [Link]

Noltze, M., und M. Rauschenbach (2019), Evaluierung von Maßnahmen zur Anpassung an den Klimawandel. Portfolio- und Allokationsanalyse. Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (DEval), Bonn.

Rauschenbach, Mascha (2015), "The Importance of Preaching to the Converted: The Strategic Use of Campaign Rallies, Campaign Promises, Clientelism, and Violence in African Elections", Doktorarbeit, Universität Mannheim.

Rauschenbach, Mascha & Paula, Katrin (2019). “Intimidating voters with violence and mobilizing them with clientelism”, Journal of Peace Research 56 (5), 682-696. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343318822709.


Portrait von Dr. Mascha Rauschenbach
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Dr Mascha Rauschenbach

Evaluator - Team Leader

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-942

E-mail: mascha.rauschenbach@DEval.org

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