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    Data: Using SMS data to improve Ebola models and estimate the impact of Ebola on healthcare seeking behavior in Liberia

    The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa was an exemplar for the need to rapidly measure population-level health-seeking behaviors, in order to understand healthcare utilization during emergency situations. Taking advantage of the high prevalence of mobile phones, we deployed a national SMS-poll and collected data about individual-level health and health-seeking behavior...

    7 May 2019

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    Data: Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    We study how the management practices bureaucrats operate under correlate with the quantity of public services delivered, using data from the Nigerian Civil Service. We have hand‐coded independent engineering assessments of 4,700 project completion rates. We supplement this with a management survey in the bureaucracies responsible for these projects, building on Bloom and...

    7 May 2019

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    The struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of security and state formation

    South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has experienced a rocky start to its existence as an independent nation. Although fighting has reduced in most parts of the country due to the revitalised peace deal in September 2018, conflict and related violence continue. More than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, 200,000 of whom are sheltering in UN...

    14 May 2019

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    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...

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    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)...

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    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

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    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

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    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,...

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    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