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  • Publication - Project Report

    Uganda's energy sector: A fiscal risk

    This paper explores the fiscal risk posed by the electricity sector in Uganda. While it will highlight a number of relevant effects, it is not primarily focused on the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on the energy sector’s performance. Firstly, Uganda’s economic development over the past two decades and the government’s current debt position are introduced....

    25 Feb 2021 | Menno Jan van der Ven

  • Blog post

    Powering up energy investments in fragile states

    On 24 February, 2021, IGC’s Council on State Fragility and the g7+ Group of 20 fragile and conflict-affected countries launched the Call to Action: Powering up energy investments in fragile states. On this occasion, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (former President of Liberia), Namita Vikas (Founder and managing Partnrs, auctusESG) , David Cameron (Former Prime Minister, United...

    24 Feb 2021 | Siobhan McDonough , Camilla Sacchetto

  • News Item

    15 current and former heads of state call for clean energy in fragile states

    David Cameron, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Donald Kaberuka – co-chairs of the Council on State Fragility – spearhead Call to Action with the g7+ Group of conflict-affected states. Foreign aid donors and private companies need to ramp up investments in clean energy to break the cycle of poverty and support recovery from COVID-19 in fragile states, urges a new global...

    24 Feb 2021

  • News Item

    The passing of Professor Benno Ndulu

    The IGC is saddened to learn that Professor Benno Ndulu passed away yesterday 22 February 2021 in Tanzania. Professor Ndulu was an IGC Senior Advisor and Visiting Professor at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. He led the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) from 2008 to 2018. As Governor, he transformed the institution, championing transparency and robust economic research...

    23 Feb 2021

  • Person

    Siobhan McDonough

    Siobhan McDonough is a Master of Public Policy student at the University of Chicago. In her previous role, she worked in India and Zambia for IDinsight, a data analytics and advisory organisation focusing on anti-poverty programs. She worked with social sector research teams across seven global offices to launch IDinsight’s blog and write and disseminate articles, policy...

  • Blog post

    How the pandemic can be a catalyst for city climate action

    Recovering from the socioeconomic shock of COVID-19 will not be easy. Effective decisions on where to put investment will be the key to unlocking greater prosperity for developing cities. We discuss what actions developing cities could focus on to kickstart their economies while helping the global fight against climate change. The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic...

    23 Feb 2021 | Serge de Gheldere , Oliver Harman

  • Blog post

    The value of a ‘seat at the table’: Elite interference in Lebanon’s public procurement

    Elites in weak bureaucracies have ample incentives to interfere in public procurement. New research from Lebanon shows how billions of dollars in foreign infrastructure funding are more likely to be contracted to firms that are politically well-connected. To improve public infrastructure procurement, greater accountability from elites is needed. The explosion at...

    22 Feb 2021 | Mounir Mahmalat , Sami Atallah, Wassim Maktabi

  • Publication - Project Report

    Public infrastructure procurement in post-conflict power-sharing arrangements: Evidence from Lebanon’s Council for Development and Reconstruction

    Post-conflict power-sharing arrangements not only allocate political power but also economic resources among powerful elites. Previous research on such economic arrangements has largely focused on the access of powerful elites to natural resources, such as to oil fields or mines. This article investigates the mechanisms of rent allocation of another major source of...

    19 Feb 2021 | Mounir Mahmalat , Sami Atallah, Wassim Maktabi

  • Event

    IGC India online event: Strengthening Social Protection

    Over the last several decades, the Government of India has introduced several cash transfer programmes to improve social welfare outcomes. While social protection programmes in India have helped to reduce poverty significantly, there is limited credible evidence on the impact of these programs on outcomes. In the webinar, we discuss implementation challenges and policy...

    1 March 2021