Posts tagged as: public services

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    Tendering trash: Lessons in urban waste management from Indian cities

    South Asian cities are urbanising rapidly. With this, overflowing landfills and trash laden streets are becoming more common. Local governments and municipal corporations, many marred by inadequate financing and low capacity, are the first to be held responsible for this mismanagement, from which further negative spill overs occur. These can include high incidences of...

    17 Mar 2020 | Oliver Harman, Sidharth Santhosh

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    The social cost of electricity price increases in Zambia

    The Zambian electricity sector has struggled with frequent power outages since 2016, largely due to declining generation capacity at the main hydropower stations at Kariba. With the worsening drought in recent months, the power deficits have increased, forcing the state power utility ZESCO to announce increased load shedding of up to 15 hours per day in most residential...

    29 Jan 2020 | Mashekwa Maboshe

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    Mobilising local leaders to rebuild the social compact

    The social compact between citizen and state, whereby a citizen pays taxes and receives public goods and services, is a critical link in political accountability and the development process. This link is especially salient in the context of local governments and a significant metric on which they are judged. In many developing countries, however, this link is broken. In...

    17 Jan 2020 | Asim Khwaja, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan

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    Identity, norms and narratives and state bureaucracy

    The process of building state effectiveness and legitimacy is lengthy and far more complex in transitional societies and contexts of fragility. A lack of legitimacy makes it more difficult to build key public organisations (e.g. taxation authorities, police, and judiciary). Public services are crucial for societies to reduce poverty, build resilience to shocks, and prevent...

    22 Oct 2019 |

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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