Leading the March 2013 edition of Ideas for Growth is the news that the UK government recently announced a major £51 million investment to the ICG to enable us to expand our work from 12 to 15 countries. The first recipient of this new funding is Liberia, the IGC's newest partner country. To assist Liberian policy-makers in tackling these issues, the IGC will provide frontier, research-based advice in four main focus areas: natural resource management for inclusive growth; strengthening state capabilities and improving governance and
The UK government has announced a major £51million investment to the International Growth Centre (IGC) to enable it to expand its work from 12 to 15 countries.
The IGC is pleased to announce Liberia as an official IGC partner country, following continuous engagement with stakeholders during 2011 and 2012. Liberia has been relatively successful in achieving basic economic revival, peace and security since the end of civil war in 2003. However, it remains one of the lowest income countries in the world. The main challenges to sustainable growth and development remain poor infrastructure, very limited human and institutional capacity and a non-diversified economy.
Elections throughout the developing world are smeared with widespread allegations of cheating. In 2009 there was widescale electoral fraud in the Afgahn national elections, which led to a loss of faith in the democratic process and by extension, the newly installed government.
The January issue of the IGC's monthly newsletter features research by Jessica Gottlieb (Stanford University) on how voter education can raise democratic accountability in Mali as the country attempts to restore democracy and peace. We also looked at how Pakistani football-makers respond to innovation promotion in Sialkot, as well as how the government can encourage this to make sure the country retains its place as a leading producer of balls for the world's most-loved sport.
Around four out of every 10 footballs worldwide are made in Pakistan. But now the game is changing...