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    What the government is (and isn't) doing to fix urban issues

    What is the government currently doing about Pakistan’s staggering urban challenges? Where is more work needed? Here is an overview per issue. Housing Pakistan faces a growing housing shortfall of approximately 4.4 million units. When provided, the quality is often substandard and low income groups receive little benefit. To redress chronic housing problems,...

    15 May 2017 | Ijaz Nabi, Hina Shaikh

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    How well represented are women in Pakistan's rural volunteer organisations?

    Since the 1980s, Pakistan has followed a unique model of social mobilization that has contributed greatly towards rural development and poverty alleviation. This model of social mobilization and community participation involves setting up local community organizations at the neighborhood, village and union council (UC) levels. These organizations comprise local volunteer...

    9 May 2017 | Hamna Ahmed, Asha Gul, Saheem Khizar, Simon Quinn, Katherine Vyborny

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    Yangon’s mobility crisis: A governance problem

    A mobility crisis has arisen in Yangon, Myanmar, as growth-induced congestion is slowing travel times for the city’s widely used buses, thereby incentivising car ownership and increasing traffic further. The key cause is poor governance, which manifests itself through fragmented planning, low public infrastructure investment, and a ban on motorcycles and bicycles. Home...

    8 May 2017 | Sean Fox

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    Are apps the future of NGO service delivery?

    NGOs are increasingly adopting and supporting digital approaches to improve and extend their service delivery. In this article, Tasmiah Rahman draws on the Maya Apa App as an example of this shift and highlights how data can be used to tailor service delivery to key groups. Moving the ‘women’ issue forward Gender equality mainstreaming is at the forefront...

    25 Apr 2017 | Tasmiah Rahman

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    The inflationary impact of the grain procurement policy in India

    To smooth volatile grain prices, the Indian Government procures additional grain quantities, creating agricultural commodity buffers, often redistributed to poor households. This policy can produce a demand shock, triggering increased inflation. This blog looks at new IGC research to model the distortionary effects of such policies and potential monetary policy...

    24 Apr 2017 | Chetan Ghate, Sargam Gupta, Debdulal Mallick

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    Smart policy for women’s economic empowerment in South Asia

    In this article, Jennifer Johnson and Nalini Gulati highlight the different trajectories of women’s economic empowerment across South Asia, based on a recent policy dialogue hosted by Evidence for Policy Design. On 23-24 March, ‘Smart Policy for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ brought together policymakers, private-sector actors, and civil-society representatives...

    21 Apr 2017 | Nalini Gulati, Jennifer Johnson

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    Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks in Benin

    Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks is affected by their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. One must parse these components before designing policies for climate resilience. Agro-ecological factors are especially important, as their variation means that households with low adaptive capacity do not necessarily have high exposure or sensitivity to climate...

    20 Apr 2017 | Boris Odilon Kounagbè Lokonon

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    How inefficient land allocation in Malawi is severely depressing agricultural productivity

    New data on the relationship between resource allocation and agricultural productivity in Malawi has revealed how a minority of total cultivated land is acquired in the market while the vast majority is either directly (or indirectly) distributed via the Customary Land Act. Accordingly, the allocation of land is unrelated to farm productivity. The Customary Land Act is in...

    11 Apr 2017 | Diego Restuccia, Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis

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    Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers

    Electronic wage payments offer an alternative to traditional financial inclusion approaches for the un-banked. Addressing constraints to savings can allow wages and remittance flows to poor households to translate into greater asset accumulation and resilience to financial or consumption shock. More than two billion people around the world do not have access to electronic...

    6 Apr 2017 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

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    Post-Brexit trade and development policy

    Regardless of what one may think of the decision, the British people have voted to leave the EU – a result that throws up historic challenges as well as historic opportunities. This blog introduces the IGC's latest Policy Brief on Post-Brexit Trade & Development Policy, and why Brexit should be viewed as an important opportunity for fresh thinking. The decision to...

    3 Apr 2017 | Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier, Tony Venables