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    Humans of policy research: Personal stories from implementing and government partners of the Ethiopia Industrial Park Community impact evaluation

    Policymakers, government partners, and local stakeholders play a critical role in the success (or failure) of an impact evaluation. Often motivated by a desire to have better evidence for decision making, policymakers engage with research teams on the development, design, and implementation of these impact evaluations. By working together, researchers can make sure that...

    7 Oct 2019 | Morgan Hardy, Christian Meyer, Kayleigh Campbell, Eyoual Tamrat

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    The politics of strengthening local government: Lessons from Zambia

    Decentralisation of government functions can improve accountability and service provision, but this pursuit presents key political challenges. Due to greater decentralisation, local governments around the world are increasingly expected to play a major role in tackling key development challenges, from mitigating climate change to improving access to healthy diets. The...

    2 Oct 2019 | Danielle Resnick

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    Mission creep and motivation among community health workers in Pakistan

    Poor communication and multiple tasks from the Department of Health and Lady Health Worker Programme managers renders workers unsure of their mission and unmotivated. Pakistan is home to high child mortality rates. According to the Pakistan Social and Living Measurement (PSLM) Survey 2014-15, in rural Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in ten children suffer a bout of diarrhoea...

    1 Oct 2019 | Yasir Khan

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    It’s good to talk: Improving industrial relations in Myanmar’s garment sector

    Myanmar’s garment sector has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years and is one of the government’s priority export sectors. However, rising industrial disputes, over issues such as working conditions and pay, pose a threat to the industry’s ability to export goods to major markets. An event co-organised by the IGC in Myanmar looked at the possible ways to improve both...

    27 Sep 2019 | Jamie Green, Siddhartha Basu

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    Can paying taxes be social? Lessons on the social dimensions of tax compliance among MSMEs in Zambia

    Zambia’s open-air markets bustle with commercial activity. Over time, bonds have formed among operators, creating social networks, shared social norms, and, in some cases, social organisations capable of articulating the needs and aspirations of those who work in these communities. As one walks through Kalingalinga market—one of approximately 80 markets in...

    16 Sep 2019 | Dan Pemstein, Brigitte Seim, Twivwe Siwale

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    Non-price energy conservation and household energy consumption: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh

    Household electricity consumption accounts for 40% of global energy related CO2 emissions and this is expected to grow globally by 58% by 2030 if no measures are introduced (Rasul & Hollywood 2012).  Residential energy consumption is also made worse by a supply-demand mismatch in developing countries. Bangladesh Bangladesh is rated the 6th most vulnerable nation to...

    13 Sep 2019 | Ahsanuzzaman A, Liang Choon Wang, Asad Islam

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    When price is not the whole story: Why rural consumers in Rwanda have low demand for electricity

    At first glance, the 7th Sustainable Development Goal seems uncontroversial: “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.” However, delve into the recent literature on electrification in sub-Saharan Africa and you will discover a growing number of studies that call into question where electrification should fit as a policy priority. In...

    13 Sep 2019 | Megan Lang

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    Pre-paid electricity metering and its effects on the poor

    Pre-paid meters for electricity or water are spreading rapidly in the developing world. Households that switched from post-paid monthly bills to pre-paid meters in South Africa, reduced their electricity usage drastically. Given that the energy demand of households is typically relatively unresponsive to prices, the question arises as to where these reductions came from....

    11 Sep 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Kathryn McDermott, Anja Sautmann

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    Flexible payment plans for improved access to off-grid energy in Pakistan

    There are approximately 144 million individuals in Pakistan who reside in either completely off-grid areas – areas that are too far away to connect to the grid - or in ‘bad’-grid areas where load shedding exceeds 12 hours per day (IFC, 2015). Households and businesses in off-grid and bad-grid areas spend an average of 14% of their monthly disposable income on kerosene...

    9 Sep 2019 | Jacopo Bonan, Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said

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    Insights to inform urban planning in Rwanda

    The economic geography of Rwanda is characterised by relatively low levels of urbanisation (estimated at about 19% in 2016-2017), a high urbanisation growth rate, high population density and the urban dominance of Kigali City, the capital. Rwanda has urbanised rapidly over the past decade and will continue to experience further urban growth in the near future. Urbanisation...

    27 Aug 2019 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Marion Richard, Dimitri Stoelinga