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    Kampala, where Urbanisation is not synonymous with industrialisation

    7 December 2016 | Douglas Gollin, Astrid Haas

    Many Sub-Saharan African cities have been growing at unprecedented rates. For example, according to the most recent census, in Kampala, the estimated resident night-time population currently lies at 1.5 million people. Some projections from the World Bank suggest that the city could expand to an estimated 9.1 million people by 2050. This figure does not include those people...

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    Shock and oh damn

    28 November 2016 | Pronab Sen

    In this article, Pronab Sen, Country Director for the India Central Programme of the International Growth Centre, argues that India’s recent demonetisation has penalised virtually the entire informal sector, and perhaps damaged it permanently. At the stroke of the midnight hour of 9 November 2016, India lost 86% of its monetary base. The media – print, electronic and...

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    Why new skills and partnerships are needed for implementation of the New Urban Agenda

    23 November 2016 | Denise Chan

    Over 30,000 participants descended upon Quito, Ecuador last month to take part in the Habitat III conference that celebrated the 'New Urban Agenda', the UN’s global manifesto on sustainable urbanisation for the next 20 years. The document, agreed by governments and adopted in Quito, sets out wide-ranging and ambitious challenges to all nations and cities, but it provides...

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    The cost of air pollution in South Africa

    22 November 2016 | Katye Altieri, Samantha Keen

    Developing countries like South Africa have a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in productivity losses and mortality due to high concentrations of air pollution, namely, fine particulate matter (PM). A recent IGC study indicates that 7.4% of all deaths in South Africa in 2012 were due to chronic exposure to fine PM, costing the country up to 6% of its GDP. High...

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    Rural-to-urban migration: improving labour market prospects

    16 November 2016 | Amanda Jinhage

    A conference co-hosted by the IGC and the Stanford Center for International Development yielded multiple insights on the potential benefits of migration to cities for generating economic growth in developing countries. Reducing transport costs through transport subsidies and better roads allows people to work urban jobs with higher wages. Leading researchers gathered to...

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    “Inequality harms cooperative efforts. In India we see the problems this creates at local, state and national level” – Pranab Bardhan

    15 November 2016 | Pranab Bardhan

    Professor Pranab Bardhan recently visited LSE’s Economic History Department to speak about research gaps in the interface between history and development. While he was on campus, Sonali Campion from LSE South Asia interviewed him about the value of interdisciplinary approaches to social science questions, and the insights that his research sheds on key debates in India...

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    Expanding Indian public health insurance above the poverty line

    10 November 2016 | Gabriella Conti, Cynthia Kinnan, Ramanan Laxminarayan , Anup Malani, Alessandra Voena

    Since 2008 India’s public health insurance policy has covered the poorest quarter of the population, and the government wants to expand the policy to include households above the poverty line. Disentangling the health and financial effects of the policy is vital to establishing a cost-effective expansion of eligibility for this insurance. Considering the inherent risks...

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    Commodity price shocks in times of crisis: securing growth in sub-Saharan African economies

    7 November 2016 | Julians Amboko

    Sub-Saharan Africa faces the lowest growth forecast registered by the region since 1994. The recent commodity price plunge has investors worrying over prospects of the region’s major economies. Depressed export earnings constrain an already limited capacity to buffer shocks. The region needs to deepen its credit markets, particularly in its low-income countries, to...

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    Aarogyasri programme: Public health insurance and community networks

    2 November 2016 | Tarun Jain, Sisir Debnath

    The burden of non-communicable, tertiary diseases in India is increasing as its population of prosperous and aged people increases. Private health insurance is largely limited to upper middle class patients, while publicly financed health insurance has failed to attract lower-income patients. New evidence from the Aarogyasri Programme in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh,...

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    Power politics and energy trade

    1 November 2016 | Mr. Ravinder, Deb Chattopadhyay, Morgan Bazilian

    The Himalayan divide In early October, the Indian Government declared its intention to sign the Paris Climate deal. By ratifying the agreement on October 2nd, India will always be remembered as a key country that helped push the global climate deal into force. Still, the work of limiting greenhouse gas emissions at a time where the country is growing and modernising...

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