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    Will politics drive or impede urbanisation in Pakistan?

    28 September 2016 | Hina Shaikh

    Pakistan is amongst the most urbanised countries of South Asia, experiencing a consistent and long-term demographic shift to urban centres. Long neglected, urban development and planning have only recently become part of the policy discourse, largely as the urban electorate has expanded significantly. What next? The need for urban planning is gradually gaining policy...

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    High incidence of violent crime may drive geographic chronic poverty

    27 September 2016 | Carlos Rodríguez-Castelán, Adán Martínez-Cruz

    Exposure to crime disproportionately affects poorer communities. In the case of Mexico, poorer municipalities have fewer resources for comping with the associated risks of high incidence of crime, leaving them trapped in poverty. Violent crime may directly affect economic activity through a multiplicity of factors, such as deteriorating health conditions, lower school...

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    When development threatens royal legitimacy

    20 September 2016 | Adam Weinstein

    In the last year, an increasing number of news reports suggested that Saudi Arabia is in a financial bind. Scholarships for foreign study have been cut and government handouts lowered. Increasingly, the Kingdom is looking to diversify its economy and modernise its business sector. But is real development possible within a Saudi political system in which the Royal Family’s...

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    Should I stay or should I go

    14 September 2016 | Marco Ranzani, Vasco Molini, Dan Pavelesku

    Rapid migration flows into urban and peri-urban areas will be an on-going driver of the economic transformation that drives Ghana’s economy forward. Recognising this, policies that support better management of urbanisation will have to ensure improved services, transportation, and housing for growing urban populations. 'Should I stay or should I go' is the question that...

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    Impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Uganda

    12 September 2016 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Wolf, Jon Jellema, Nora Lustig

    President Yoweri Museveni would like Uganda to be a middle-income country by 2020. As the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and Uganda’s own National Development plans, make clear, however, income per capita is only one criterion by which an advanced economy should be judged. Uganda should strive to lift more people out of poverty as well as close the income gap...

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    Dilemma of capping bank interest rates in Kenya

    8 September 2016 | Kamal Bhattacharya, Tavneet Suri

    Post signing of the Banking (Amendment) Bill 2015, Kenyans were full of hope and expectations of lower interest on their loans and higher earnings on deposits. Like with so many regulatory actions, the outcome for the people will depend on the implementation of the law. In this case, the fate of the law will rely heavily on financial institutions, and  implementation...

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    Africa stands to benefit from new trade deals and, possibly, from Brexit

    5 September 2016 | Sarah Logan

    Brexit may have significant and positive trade implications for Africa. Renewed emphasis on economic integration through regional trade blocs could support economic growth. The last few months have seen some significant developments for African trade and integration. These advances come at a crucial time for African countries, which have been particularly hard hit by...

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    Corruption in construction

    1 September 2016 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Astrid Haas

    The construction industry is the backbone of economic growth in many developing countries. Given the magnitude of funds that are funneled annually into infrastructure projects, scope for corruption and profiteering are high. Governments need greater tools to audit and monitor public spending and better manage public-private partnerships in the construction...

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    Can poll results sway elite opinion on Tanzania's resource boom?

    30 August 2016 | Justin Sandefur, Jennifer Richmond

    Even the most ardent defenders of democracy sometimes worry that populist pressure may lead to short-sighted (or populist) economic policy choices – especially in a low-income country in the midst of a resource boom. This is the third post in a three-part blog series on political transparency of natural resource management. Get caught up on the series with part I...

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    The political paradox of cash transfers

    25 August 2016 | Justin Sandefur, Nancy Birdsall, Mujobu Moyo

    Impact evaluations show cash transfers are effective. But polls show Tanzanians would rather have government services. This is the second post in a three-part blog series on political transparency of natural resource management.  Cash transfers are all the rage among international development experts, and for good reason. In Tanzania, which is our focus...

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