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  • Publication - Working Paper

    Does energy access increase resilience against COVID-19?

    This working paper is based on research co-financed by IGC and Energy Economic Growth (EEG) in Sierra Leone and led by the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The research compares 54 communities that received solar PV powered mini grids under a FCDO / UNOPS programme with 54 similar communities without mini-grids. The aim was to assess the economic impact of the...

    10 Feb 2022 | Laura Langbeen, Joseph Levine, Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Lennart Sattlegger, Maarten Voors

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal settlements in Lusaka

    Over the past two decades, the number of Lusaka’s residents living in highly dense informal settlements has nearly tripled to about 1.4 million as of 2020, which is nearly 62% of Lusaka’s current population. Approximately 38% of Lusaka’s land that is in residential use is informal. This is spread across the city’s 94 townships or compounds, with 22 of these...

    2 Feb 2022 | Dennis Chiwele, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Shahrukh Wani

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Rebuilding the social compact: Urban service delivery and property taxes in Pakistan

    If citizens perceive little benefit from their tax payments, or if local services are disconnected from local decision-making, the social compact between citizen and state can be broken, thus creating a vicious cycle of low quality services, low levels of local tax revenue, and lack of trust in the state. This study, conducted with neighbourhoods in two of the...

    26 Jan 2022 | Mahvish Shaukat, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan

  • Publication - Project Report

    Forced displacement and human capital: Evidence from separated siblings

    We examine the impact of conflict-driven displacement on human capital looking at the Mozambican civil war (1977 - 1992), during which more than four million civilians fled to the countryside, to cities, and to refugee camps and settlements in neighboring countries. First, we present descriptive patterns linking education and sectoral employment to the various...

    21 Jan 2022 | Giorgio Chiovelli, Stelios Michalopoulos, Elias Papaioannou, Sandra Sequeira

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Zambia’s Constituency Development Fund: Policy considerations

    The significant expansion of Zambia's Constituency Development Fund in the 2022 budget provides an important opportunity to make service delivery more responsive to public needs, strengthen decentralised local institutions, and promote economic development. This policy paper, drafted at the request of the Government of Zambia, outlines recommendations for policymakers to...

    21 Jan 2022 | Katherine E. Casey, Andrés Felipe Rodríguez, Camilla Sacchetto , Shahrukh Wani

  • Alsonainah, Sana'a, Yemen
    Publication - Project Report

    Options for an economic track of the Yemen peace process (Arabic)

    خيارات المسار الاقتصادي لعملية السلام في اليمن To read this publication in English click here.

    18 Jan 2022 | Rafat Al-Akhali, Moussa Saab, Camilla Sacchetto

  • Publication - Project Report

    Options for an economic track of the Yemen peace process

    This report has been prepared by the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) State Fragility initiative following a request of Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Yemen in coordination with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General to Yemen (OSESGY) to explore options for an economic track to the Yemen Peace process. This work is based on...

    18 Jan 2022 | Rafat Al-Akhali, Moussa Saab, Camilla Sacchetto

  • Adam Cohn / Fruit Vendors, Faisalabad Night Market, Pakistan
    Publication - Project Report

    As multilateralism ebbs, preferential trade agreements are on the rise

    Early proponents of FTAs/PTAs were of the view that they could somewhat circuitously support the cause of multilateralism that was then and now seen as the first best approach to trade liberalization and the one that minimizes the risk of trade diversion. That optimism has faded. The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) has requested IGC-Pakistan to support a study on a...

    7 Jan 2022 | Shahid Yusuf

  • Publication - Project Report

    Leveraging public-private partnerships for service delivery

    From 2010 onwards, the Government of Punjab set up a range of government-owned public sector companies (approximately 56 companies registered under Section 42 of the Companies Act 2017) to deliver specific public services such as waste management, public transport, parking regulation, infrastructure development, and skills training among others. This project attempted to...

    16 Dec 2021 | Umair Javed, Bakhtiar Iqbal, Ijaz Nabi

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    IGC's work in Zambia

    This publication documents ongoing work by the IGC in Zambia.

    10 Dec 2021 | Shahrukh Wani, Twivwe Siwale