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  • Publication - Case study

    A quick, cost-effective approach to land tenure regularisation: the case of Rwanda

    Secure, legally enforceable and marketable land rights are critical for cities in developing countries to be able to ensure that urban land is allocated to its most productive use. However, often these cities grapple with multiple overlapping as well as informal tenure systems that ultimately hinder sufficient public and private investment from taking place. The challenge,...

    13 Mar 2019 | Thierry Hoza Ngoga

  • Publication - Policy paper, Synthesis paper

    Policy options for informal settlements

    Across the developing world, the pace of urbanisation has outstripped the ability of governments to faciliate decent, affordable housing, resulting in unplanned and often illegal settlements. This paper brings together economic research and cross-country experience to inform trade-offs policymakers face, both in addressing existing informal settlements, and in preventing...

    12 Mar 2019 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

  • Blog post

    From transport to growth corridor: Do communities benefit from the Central Railway Transit Corridor in Tanzania?

    The government of Tanzania has embarked on a journey to revive the railways, through its investment in the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) on the central corridor. The 2,561 km Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line will connect the port of Dar es Salaam to Tanzania's land-locked neighbours (Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and Eastern DR Congo). The project is estimated to cost $14.2...

    12 Mar 2019 | Josaphat Kweka

  • Person

    Rayner Tabetando

    Rayner Tabetando is  a development economist with interest in applied microeconometrics. Rayner holds a PhD  from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. In the past, he has worked as a  research fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and  served as research assistant at JICA research institute in Tokyo. Rayner most recently worked as a...

  • Event

    SGB Evidence Fund practitioner-researcher matchmaking workshop

    July 2019, Nairobi, Kenya. Full details TBA.  To aid in the development of new practitioner–researcher collaborations, the SGB Evidence Fund will organise annual matchmaking events between practitioners running programmes that support the growth of SGBs, and researchers interested in private sector development. One geographic-specific matchmaking event will be held...

  • Blog post

    Is the rule of law good for women? Evidence from micro-entrepreneurs in Lusaka, Zambia

    The rapidly growing cities of the developing world can be an engine for private sector growth (Krugman, 1991; Glaeser, 2011). However, the positive externalities of living in urban areas become lost opportunities when people cannot safely trade with each other. This can happen either because of lack of mutual confidence or weakness in the rule of law. Across countries,...

    11 Mar 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Edward Glaeser, Alexia Delfino

  • Event

    Webinar: Announcing the Small and Growing Business Evidence Fund

    Miss the webinar? Watch it back here: https://vimeo.com/323484896 Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 Time: 9:00 EST, 13:00 GMT Join ANDE and the International Growth Centre for a webinar introducing a new fund to expand the evidence base for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector. The fund will support collaborations between researchers and practitioners to...

    13 March 2019

  • Data Item

    Data: Effects of Climate Change on Low-lying and Flood-prone Areas: The case of Bangladesh

    Exposure to abnormal floods is believed to have negative short- and long-term consequences for welfare and health in poor countries, and such impacts are likely to grow worse with continued anthropogenic climate change. However, two common proxies for flood exposure, self-reported exposure and rainfall, are problematic. This paper describes a method for constructing...

    1 Mar 2019

  • Data Item

    Data: Democracy and Income: A Time Series Analysis with Special Reference to Africa

    Africa experienced a wave of democratization over the past 20 years and this increase in democracy, we find, positively and significantly affects income per capita. Our dynamic panel data results suggest that countries only slowly converge to their long-run income values as predicted by current democracy levels, however. African countries may therefore be currently too...

    1 Mar 2019