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    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

  • Person

    Arvind Kumar Chaudhary

    Shri Arvind Kumar Chaudhary is an Indian Administrative Officer of the 1995 batch, who currently works as the Principal Secretary of the Rural Development Department of the Government of Bihar. He has previously worked in different capacities in departments such as Social Welfare, JEEViKA, and Office of the Chief Electoral Officer Bihar.

  • Project

    Women's mobility, job search, and employment: Follow-up evidence from a randomised control trial

    Unemployment and economically inactive people are one of the biggest challenges facing urban labour markets in low-income countries. In South Asian cities, this pattern is more pronounced across gender lines with women less likely than men to participate in the labour market, even at relatively high levels of education. This project investigates the constraints on women’s...

    18 Feb 2021 | Katherine Vyborny, Erica Field

  • Project

    Countering Islamic radicalisation in northern Mozambique: Radio campaigning and adolescent sensitisation in religious schools

    In recent years, major global violent conflicts have happened in Muslim-majority countries. Of these conflicts, a substantial and increasing share has been related to Islamist insurgents. However, the process of radicalisation and the effectiveness of measures to counteract it are widely understudied. Northern Mozambique is where a substantial discovery of natural gas took...

    18 Feb 2021 | Pedro Vicente, Inês Vilela, Alex Armand, Flavio Cunha