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    Waste management in Asia: 1 goal, 5 cities, 5 lessons

    Asia’s cities are the engines of incredible economic growth. For many countries, they generate over 80% of GDP and improve the lives of millions of people. But this prosperity comes with a price. Take for example the more than one million tons of solid waste that cities generate every day as they grow. Without proper management, the deluge of solid waste causes severe...

    27 Jun 2017 | Andrew McIntyre

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    Has GSP plus status improved Pakistan's garments exports?

    In December of 2013, Pakistan acquired the GSP plus status from the European Union, granting member states duty-free access to 96 percent of Pakistani exports to the EU. Pakistan was the second country in all of South and Southeast Asia to receive the trade advantage, giving it a 10 to 14 percent duty advantage over major regional competitors including China, India,...

    23 Jun 2017 | Zara Salman

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    Welcome to VoxDev

    Today, the IGC launched VoxDev.org in collaboration with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and and the Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) programme.

    22 Jun 2017 | Tavneet Suri

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    Road to legitimacy: Takeaways from the Fragility Commission’s 2nd evidence session

    The road to reforming and rebuilding the legitimacy of a state and its institutions is long and difficult. Elections, even when free and fair, are only a piece of the foundation upon which a state must re-establish trust with citizens and can start to rebuild public services, infrastructure, and its economy. “People don’t need ideas, they need bread.” This statement...

    20 Jun 2017 | Emilie Yam

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    Unexpected side-effects: Urban policies and market responses

    Should cities invest in public transport systems, even if they might slow growth? Can an HOV lane reduce congestion when drivers circumvent it? Is unpredictability of police enforcement a good thing for reducing drunk-driving? These and other surprising facts were presented at the recent IGC mini-cities conference. Research highlighted below showcases the importance of...

    19 Jun 2017 | Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

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    The World Bank in the era of Trump

    With the World Bank now far from the only game in town in providing development finance, this column argues that it should focus on issues which are truly global in scope, but questions the suitability of the World Bank’s signature instrument, the sovereign loan. The international community does rely on the Word Bank for one global public good – global consensus...

    16 Jun 2017 | Ravi Kanbur

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    The cautious return of import substitution in Africa

    As import substitution becomes fashionable again in some African countries, LSE’s Pritish Behuria analyses how successfully this policy can be implemented given the evolving aid and investment landscape. The international development industry is currently experiencing turbulence and uncertainty. Donald Trump’s victory in the United States elections and the rise of...

    14 Jun 2017 | Pritish Behuria

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    Ensuring land rights through community mobilisation

    Many poor households in Bihar do not have a title to their land. Some households may not be aware of the benefits of a title, and applying for one is a challenging process. There are signs that village-level community mobilisation can play a key role in facilitating this process, but resource, administrative, and political barriers remain. Many governments guarantee their...

    13 Jun 2017 | Andre Joshua Nickow, Sanjay Kumar

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    Intra-national trade costs and economic isolation

    High intra-national trade costs prevent market integration, so reducing them can help develop local economies in remote parts of a country. Building transport infrastructure alone is insufficient. The case of Liberia demonstrates that intra-national transport costs remain significant due to high vehicle prices, vehicle repair costs, credit constraints, and...

    12 Jun 2017 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Jonas Hjort

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    Beyond a connection: Improving energy access in Indonesia with open data

    Fransiska’s business, a local bookstore in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, is frequently impacted by unpredictable electricity. Although her business is in a commercial area, the power often goes out during peak business hours. These interruptions affect her ability to run her business effectively: lights are often dim, her store gets hot because she is unable to run fans,...

    2 Jun 2017 | Davida Wood