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  • Person

    David Deng

    David Deng is a South Sudanese/American human rights lawyer who spent much of the last decade engaged in research and advocacy in South Sudan. Deng’s research has touched on a broad array of issues, including the challenges and opportunities of large-scale land investment, customary law, and local dispute resolution mechanisms, citizen views on peace processes and...

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    Geoffrey L. Duke

    Geoffrey L. Duke is a South Sudanese Peace and Rights activist. He is the director of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA) and Campaign Manager of “The South Sudan We Want campaign” – an initiative fostering dialogue among South Sudanese from all walks of life about their visions, dreams and aspirations for their country. Mr. Duke has experience...

  • Person

    Agyedho Adwok Nyaba

    Agyedho Adwok Nyaba is a communication specialist who has worked in international development for over eight years, with experience in strategic communications, aid and donor coordination, civil society engagement, advocacy, conflict mediation and negotiation, migration, private sector development, and gender. Ms Nyaba has worked with UNHABITAT, IOM (HQs in Geneva)...

  • Blog post

    Don’t shoot the messenger – electricity theft and trust in Karachi, Pakistan

    We assume that more information makes markets work better. Information can provide individuals incentives to act better. However, in some situations, information on poor behaviour can lead to mistrust, not just of other people, but of the institution that delivers the message. The Karachi setting Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and industrial hub, home to 16.6...

    7 May 2019 | Adnan Haider

  • Blog post

    Should graduation programmes replace the more conventional cash transfers?

    The past decade has seen an exponential rise in social protection initiatives – mostly in the form of unconditional cash transfer programmes. In Latin America, Africa and South Asia, these emerge as promising interventions to reduce poverty. There is also a rising global trend of using conditionalities linked to such transfers to increase school enrolment, and access to...

    3 May 2019 | Hina Shaikh

  • Person

    Oliver Baden

    Oliver is the IGC’s Interim Chief Finance Officer (CFO). Prior to joining the IGC, Oliver worked within the central finance division of the LSE as a Finance Manager, covering various roles across the Finance Division. Oliver was previously a manager in the Private Clients Audit division of PwC Australia, working across a diverse client portfolio including large charities,...

  • Data Item

    Data: Evaluating policy reforms to reduce corruption

    This paper exploits quasi-experimental variation in tariffs in southern Africa to estimate trade elasticities. Traded quantities respond only weakly to a 30 percent reduction in the average nominal tariff rate. Trade flow data combined with primary data on firm behavior and bribe payments suggest that corruption is a potential explanation for the observed low elasticities....

    2 May 2019

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    Data: Foreign investors under stress: Evidence at the firm level

    Emerging market policy makers have been concerned about the financial stability implications of financial globalization. These concerns are focused particularly on behavior under stressed conditions. Do tail events in the home country trigger off extreme responses by foreign investors and is there any asymmetry between the responses of foreign investors to very good versus...

    2 May 2019

  • Blog post

    Increasing religious awareness and professional training

    The discovery of natural gas triggered violent extremism in Northern Mozambique. Could religious awareness and professional training quell violence? [caption id="attachment_28440" align="alignnone" width="768"] Figure 1: The Economist, Aug 9th 2018.[/caption] There is vast economic and political science literature on conflict and civil wars, which mostly focuses on the...

    1 May 2019 | Inês Vilela, Pedro Vicente

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Urban governance institutions: Policy options for fast growing cities

    Developing countries today are home to all of the world’s thirty fastest-growing major cities — with sub-Saharan Africa home to twenty-one of these thirty. This rapid growth has made these cities the epicentre for the battle for national prosperity, a struggle whose outcome depends on the policy choices made by city leaders. Policy options which target the...

    30 Apr 2019 | Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani