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    Heike Harmgart

    Dr. Heike Harmgart is heading EBRD’s activities in Jordan since the beginning of the Bank’s expansion to the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region. EBRD started investing in Jordan end of 2012 and has since then committed over USD 1.3 bn in investments, close to half in the energy sector with a special focus on renewables. With the launch of EBRD’s activities in...

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    Susan Razzaz

    Susan Razzaz is an economist based in Amman, Jordan.  She is currently working with an inter-ministerial committee representing ministries of planning, education, health, labor and social assistance to develop Jordan's  National Social Protection and Poverty Reduction Strategy.  Susan recently retired from the World Bank where she worked in Jordan, Palestine, Syria,...

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    Nick Tsivanidis

    Nick Tsivanidis is a Research Programme Director for the IGC’s Cities research programme. Nick is Assistant Professor of Real Estate and Economics at University of California, Berkeley. His research uses new sources of data to understand the process of urbanization in emerging economies. His recent research includes: examining the impact of Bus Rapid Transit on...

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    HE Yousef Shawarbeh

    Yousef Shawarbeh is the 40th and current mayor of Amman, Jordan.

  • Blog post

    Improving Tanzania’s power quality: Can data help?

    For many Tanzanians, the sun sets and it’s pitch black – in fact, according to government data at least two-thirds of Tanzanians don’t have access to electricity. For those who do, many experience problems with reliability and quality of service – i.e. power cuts, and fluctuations in power supply that can damage equipment. This affects people’s daily lives and...

    25 Mar 2019 | Ben Garside, Davida Wood

  • Project

    Search and matching frictions for day labourers

    The majority of households living in extreme poverty receive some income from causal day labour, picking up short jobs, typically 1-5 days, in construction, agriculture or manual labour. In South Asia, this is even starker, with 98% of households living below $1 a day engaging in casual labour. This labour market is characterized by low pay, short contracts, fixed wages...

    20 Mar 2019 | Christina Brown

  • Blog post

    Technology and the future of work in developing economies

    2018 has been a year for critical debates on the impact of emerging technology on jobs and the imminent threats and challenges of automation. Although the prospects of development and fast-approaching opportunities are advocated by many tech optimists, they have often been eclipsed by gloomier forecasts, such as “The robots are coming”, “Underestimating AI could be...

    20 Mar 2019 | Laura Sili

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    Public finance to improve outcomes

    Pakistan continues to face significant social and economic challenges. Provision of basic services such as health and education falls short of international standards, while women and the poor are often wholly excluded from accessing these services. At a time when the government is under pressure to demonstrate fiscal restraint, a strong public financial management system...

    15 Mar 2019 | Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Saving microfinance through innovative lending

    The traditional microfinance model has had limited impact on the income and productivity of borrowers. More innovative and flexible lending models can boost entrepreneurship and welfare.

    13 Mar 2019 | Vikas Dimble, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak