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    Tracking the economic consequences and response to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

    This project implements a phone survey to capture the economic impact of COVID-19 and policy responses in Sierra Leone. The objectives of the survey are: To get a quick assessment of the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Sierra Leone. To track the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis over the next 6 months To possibly evaluate...

    13 May 2020 | Macartan Humphreys, Wilson Prichard, Maarten Voors, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Peter van der Windt, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi

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    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

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    Lessons from Public-Private Partnerships in Lebanon

    In 2019, the IGC in Lebanon partnered with the High Council of Privatization (HCP) at the Prime Minister’s Office to draw lessons from previous privatisation attempts. Lebanon has traditionally relied on its banking system to attract capital inflows into the local economy. Ongoing political deadlock and regional turmoil have regressed position as a financial hub in the...

    12 May 2020 | Stéphane Straub

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    Economic impacts of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers and the agricultural value chain in Kenya

    Social distancing protocols present economic and health risks to the rural poor in developing countries. These include: food shortages distortions in food and input prices disruption in the availability of inputs high levels of unemployment In Kenya, COVID-19 has restricted both human movement and trade. The Kenyan Government's concern is that enforced...

    5 May 2020 | Tomoko Harigaya, Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Hannah Timmis, Siyao Jessica Zhu, Kaitlyn Turner

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    Knowledge is power: A scoping study on women’s safety

    Bihar is ranked 3rd highest in terms of the percentage of women (nearly 43.2%) who experienced physical, sexual or emotional spousal violence (NFHS-4, 2017). Moreover, evidence suggests that the actual, as well as the perceived threat of women being attacked outside the home often deter them from working outside (Sudarshan, 2009; Chakraborty et. al, 2018). These alarming...

    11 Mar 2020 | Debayan Pakrashi, Chitwan Lalji, Sarani Saha

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    Addressing financial inclusion in rural India: the role of information and peer pressure

    Financial inclusion is considered to be an important aspect of the promotion of economic growth. Despite a significant increase in formal financial account ownership in recent years, a vast majority of adults in developing countries, and in particular women, still do not use them regularly. The aim of this project is to understand the factors that influence the usage of...

    11 Mar 2020 | Asadul Islam, Marcel Fafchamps, Debayan Pakrashi

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    Defining the contours of a spatial strategy for Balochistan

    Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province by area and the least inhabited in terms of population. It is endowed with abundant natural resources (such as coal, copper, and gold) and is the largest supplier of natural gas. Two-thirds of the country’s coastline is also along its southern border. It sits at the intersection of key regional trade routes and corridors and...

    10 Mar 2020 | Nasir Javed, Fizzah Sajjad, Hasaan Khawar, Ijaz Nabi

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    She Wins - Electing women in ethnically divided societies: The case of Bihar

    Prior research on gender and politics in India focuses on efforts to increase the number of women holding office. Few researchers, however, have addressed why, in ethnically diverse democracies like India, some women candidates are successful while others are not. Existing research does little to differentiate women candidates by constituency characteristics, much less by...

    10 Mar 2020 | Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Arindam Banerjee, Anjali Thomas

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    Improving the efficient use of national resources: A cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) exercise to guide the Ministry of Health’s decisions

    The incidence of and resulting deaths from malaria globally have decreased in recent years with the help of malaria control programmes, but the economic impact of malaria is still estimated to cost the African continent $12 billion every year. Direct costs of malaria include a combination of personal and public expenditure on both prevention and treatment of the disease....

    1 Mar 2020 | Elisa Maffioli, Angela Miller

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    Scoping paper and support for REB teacher recruitment process

    The Rwanda Education Board will be managing the recruitment and deployment of teachers nationwide, as previously these decisions were managed by local (district) governments. This provides an opportunity to address key sources of inefficiency that are typical of human resource challenges in civil services around the developing world including high levels of churn, low...

    13 Feb 2020 | Andrew Zeitlin