Danielle Resnick

Danielle Resnick is currently a Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Development Strategies and Governance Division (DSGD). She is a political scientist who focuses on the political economy of development. Key research areas include the impacts of public sector reforms on accountability and efficiency, drivers of agricultural policy volatility and reform, urban governance structures and their influence on service delivery, democratisation and political participation, and foreign aid effectiveness.

Content by Danielle Resnick
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Deepening decentralisation in Zambia: Identifying political economy constraints to reform


    8 Jul 2020 | Danielle Resnick, Gilbert Siame, Peter Mulambia, Dorothy Ndhlovu, Beverly Shicilenge, Bhavna Sivasubramanian

  • Project

    The political economy of decentralisation in Zambia

    This project will examine the constraints of implementing decentralisation policies in Zambia and enhancing the capacities of local government. Capable, autonomous, and democratic local governments theoretically offer a mechanism for redressing socio-economic inequalities by identifying citizen concerns, allocating resources accordingly, and being held accountable for...

    9 Dec 2019 | Danielle Resnick, Gilbert Siame

  • Blog post

    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

  • Blog post

    Informal workers and taxation in Zambia: Who pays and does it make a difference?

    Taxation in Africa has been increasingly covered in the news, especially with controversial attempts in countries such as Benin, Tanzania, and Uganda to tax users of social media sites and phone texting services. While the true intentions of these efforts are debatable, raising sufficient domestic revenue has long been a challenge for many African governments. A long line...

    8 Apr 2019 | Danielle Resnick

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tax compliance and representation in Zambia’s informal economy

    Despite conventional wisdom that informality is defined by being outside the tax net, informal workers in developing countries often encounter a range of taxes to community, municipal, and national authorities. They also can be coerced to make payments to non-state entities, such as party youth leagues and vigilantes, in exchange for security. This study examines...

    26 Nov 2018 | Danielle Resnick

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Tax compliance and representation in Zambia’s informal economy

    15 Nov 2018 | Danielle Resnick

  • Project

    Urban informality, tax compliance, and accountability in Zambia

    What drives tax compliance among informal sector workers in Africa? And does taxation strengthen accountability between governments and the informal sector? These questions are hugely important in Africa for a number of reasons. First, the informal sector plays a critical role in contributing to structural transformation, particularly by facilitating production and...

    18 Sep 2017 | Danielle Resnick