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    Urban property tax reform in Punjab

    The Punjab Government is considering reforming its property tax valuation system and is analysing the impact of potentially shifting from the ARV-based system of property valuation to a capital value-based valuation system. Specifically, the government requires support in understanding the distributional and revenue consequences of this shift. Amongst the levers of tax...

    4 Jun 2021 | Ali Abbas, Ali Cheema

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    The impact of infrastructure improvement on urban life quality in Zambia

    This project assesses the socioeconomic impact of improvements in road quality between 2014 and 2018 in Zambia, extending the study period of a previous IGC study titled The impact of infrastructure improvement on urban life quality and firm output, covering the implementation of Link Zambia 8000. Link Zambia 8000 is one of Zambia's largest scale infrastructure...

    4 Jun 2021 | Cong Peng, Yulu Tang, Wen Chen

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    Tracking the real-time effects of COVID-19 on savings and lending in Rwanda

    A growing and extensive literature has been tracking the economic effects of COVID-19 using real-time data coming mostly from private sector providers, looking mostly at mobility measures, labour market dynamics and consumption patterns (Chen et al. 2020; Chetty et al. 2020). However, this literature mostly focuses on the US and Europe, with much less available about the...

    4 Jun 2021 | JoséeLuis Peydro, Andrea Presbitero, Patrick Hitayezu, Franklin Allen

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    Characterising informal settlements in Lusaka

    This project supports better planning for urban expansion and public service delivery in Zambia through satellite imagery-based analysis of informal settlements. Its outcomes will fill critical knowledge gaps on the nature of informal settlements in Lusaka. The project is part of IGC Cities that Work's broader collaboration with policymakers and development partners in...

    1 Jun 2021 | Dennis Chiwele, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Shahrukh Wani

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    Mapping informal settlements in Lusaka

    The IGC has been working with UN-Habitat to support the Zambia Ministry of Local Government. This has demonstrated, as re-emphasised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a better understanding of the city’s informal settlements. A collaboration with Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) has set out to respond to the issue of...

    26 May 2021 | Mark Tabor

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    Leveraging public-private partnerships for service delivery in Pakistan

    Citizens' expectations for the government to deliver increasingly complex services has grown considerably, which has also exposed serious limitations of the current governance system to deliver these services. A method of bridging the gap between demand and delivery in Punjab was through the creation of public sector companies, licensed under Section 42 of the Companies...

    21 May 2021 | Ijaz Nabi

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    An analysis of the East African Community’s (EAC) supply chain trade

    One of the goals of the East African Community (EAC) is to support the growth of regional value chains. This project will give an overview of the current state of its supply chain trade. It will then look at intra-EAC trade within four priority value chains for the EAC- Leather, Cotton, Iron and Steel and Wood and would conclude with a case study of Uganda’s integration...

    21 May 2021 | Jaime de Melo

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    Electric mobility and transport leapfrogging in Kigali, Rwanda

    Rapid advances in technology, seen in fast-charging electric buses, electric motorbikes with replaceable batteries, dock less bicycles and scooters, and a host of other innovations, may have led to a greater change to way we think about urban transport over the last 5 years than over the previous 50. Whether these technologies succeed in helping address climate change,...

    21 May 2021 | Andrew Sudmant, Andrew Gouldson

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    Complementarities in the provision of public services: Evidence from Zambia

    How can limited resources be employed most efficiently for the sake of development? In its National Development Plan, the Government of Zambia strives to establish an integrated approach to national development that coordinates development across sectors. This, however, requires understanding synergies in the provision of public services across sectors. While the effects...

    21 May 2021 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter

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    Determinants of global air pollution exposure

    Air pollution is harmful to health and growing literature suggests it is also harmful to productivity. This project aims to understand the determinants of exposure, that is, concentrations of people living in polluted places. We plan to assess the reduction in exposure that follows from policy interventions affecting urbanisation, power generation, transportation,...

    21 May 2021 | Matthew Turner, Lint Barrage