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    Compliance, accountability, and the social contract: Studying the impacts of property tax reform in Sierra Leone

    Since the 1980s, growing interest in the potential benefits of decentralisation in the developing world reflect the potential to increase the efficiency and accountability of government operations. Yet, while there has been much attention to the potential benefits of decentralisation, results in practice have been much more mixed. A largely overlooked explanation is that...

    20 May 2021 | Wilson Prichard

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    The design of anti-poverty interventions for the ultra-poor: Asset transfers or cash transfers?

    A major challenge faced by governments in low-income countries is to permanently alleviate households from poverty. Recent evidence suggests that the “Targeting the Ultrapoor” (TUP) program pioneered by BRAC in Bangladesh has proven effective and portable across settings (Banerjee et al., 2015; Bandiera et al., 2017). As a result, there has been growing interest in the...

    20 May 2021 | Imran Rasul

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    The key to building cheap houses? The economics of building materials in Rwanda

    There is a considerable analysis gap regarding the housing building materials sector in Rwanda despite interest from Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure and two of the Ministry’s housing sector groups. Rwanda’s formal housing construction and materials industry are unable to meet the needs of the population because of a combination of high costs, insufficient supply,...

    20 May 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Fatou Dieye

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    Fragility and instability in Liberia: Understanding the root causes and potential implications

    Following the end of the civil war in 2003, the Liberian government focused on rebuilding state institutions, provision of basic services and infrastructure, ensuring good governance and rule of law, and reviving the economy among others. The economy had grown to 8.7% before it plummeted to 0.7% in 2014 due to the twin shocks of the fall in commodity prices and the...

    19 May 2021 | Brian Ganson, Abou Bakarr Kamara

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    Judicial access and development: Evidence from Pakistan

    Effective justice systems can improve the living conditions of populations by addressing violations of political rights, promoting peaceful dispute resolutions, and supporting economic governance for development. Yet, three challenges affect the Judiciary in most developing countries, and specifically in Pakistan: poor access, especially for vulnerable populations;...

    14 May 2021 | Daniel Chen, Adnan Khan, Sultan Mehmood

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    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from Uganda

    Throughout 2020, governments around the world put in place restrictions to economic activity to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, the Government implemented one of Africa’s strictest lockdowns, which lasted for two months from late March. As a result, economic activity halted throughout the country. In this project, we study how the labour market outcomes of...

    14 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi

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    Understanding the economic effects and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from a cash transfer project in Kenya

    COVID-19 is causing negative health and economic effects around the globe. Government measures to reduce transmission such as are challenging in many sub-Saharan African contexts, sparking an active debate about the most effective course of action from both epidemiological and economic perspectives. By using high-frequency phone survey data, this project aims to provide...

    12 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker, Dennis Egger

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    The impact of COVID-19 and flexible credit on SMEs: Evidence from Uganda

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of the Ugandan economy, comprising over 90 % of the private sector, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2011. This project will re-survey a sample of 2,400 SMEs in Uganda with the purpose of: Better understand the long-term consequences of increased flexibility in loan repayments, in particular: does...

    9 Apr 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Miri Stryjan, Andreas Madestam, Francesco Loiacono

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    Uganda and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

    African economies, including Uganda, are embarking on an ambitious programme of regional integration in the form of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The objective of this project is to study the implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area for Uganda using an approach that accounts for the heterogeneity of the impact across products and firms....

    31 Mar 2021 | Lawrence Edwards

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    Scoping study: Using network theory to promote adoption of new agricultural technologies in Sierra Leone

    Despite substantial improvements in agricultural productivity across the world since the 1980s, productivity levels in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have not experienced similar increases. Such agricultural stagnation has significant implications for the majority of the sub-continent’s population who are engaged in smallholder farming, as agricultural development is integral...

    30 Mar 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak