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  • Project

    Public Sector Performance and Motivation

    Civil servants’ performance contracts (‘imihigo’) are intended to improve the speed and quality of Rwanda’s government programming This project analysed the current imihigo system and makes recommendations for its improvement The researchers recommended designing performance contracts in light of the ‘causal chain’ that will deliver the desired...

    21 Feb 2016 | Andrew Zeitlin, Clare Leaver, Pieter Serneels

  • Blog post

    Hidden inequality: Data unmasked

    New data on median incomes suggests that traditional data on mean income might be skewing measures of inequality and poverty. Today's blog, by IGC Country Economist Sally Murray takes a look at the hidden depths of inequality in Nigeria, as uncovered by newly published data collected by the Center of Global Development. Off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria, land is...

    19 Feb 2016 | Sally Murray

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Funding political parties in Ghana: Nature, challenges and implications

    11 Feb 2016 | Kingsley S. Agomor, Daniel Appiah, Emmanuel Kojo Sakyi

  • News Item

    Higher salaries worsened police corruption in Ghana, according to IGC-funded research

    Rather than reducing police corruption, research funded by the International Growth Centre finds that raising police salaries actually increases levels of police bribery on Ghanaian roads. As part of an ambitious policy reform experiment in 2010, Ghana doubled police salaries, in part, to reduce petty corruption on its highways. However, after analysing the amount of...

    9 Feb 2016

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Do higher salaries lower petty corruption? A policy experiment on West Africa’s highways

    9 Feb 2016 | Jeremy Foltz, Kweku Opoku-Agyemang

  • Project

    Is Bihar the new poster boy for Public Distribution System reforms?

    India spends almost 1 percent of its GDP on providing food subsidy to the poor. This is India’s largest welfare programme both in terms of the budgetary outlay and the number of people covered under it. Afterall, the recent National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 aims to cover 75 percent and 50 percent of rural and urban population respectively. However, a large number...

    2 Feb 2016 | Chinmaya Kumar, Pankaj Verma

  • Project

    Can raising salaries reduce police corruption in Ghana?

    This IGC research exploits one of the most ambitious civil service policy reforms in Africa to ask whether raising salaries for corrupt officials improves or worsens petty corruption outcomes in developing countries. In one of the most ambitious public sector reform experiments in Africa, the Ghana government doubled its police officer salaries in 2010 in part to mitigate...

    19 Jan 2016 | Jeremy Foltz

  • Blog post

    The removal of South Africa’s finance minister is bad news for the country

    The fallout from President Jacob Zuma’s decision to remove South Africa’s respected Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene was felt immediately in the foreign currency markets where the rand suffered an immediate and dramatic fall. Caroline Southey, editor of The Conversation Africa, asked Alan Hirsch what the appointment of David van Rooyen means for the National Treasury...

    15 Dec 2015 | Alan Hirsch

  • Event

    Public lecture on challenges of economic reforms in complex democracies

    The IGC-Zambia, in collaboration with the Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) held a joint Public Lecture on the Challenges of Economic Reforms in Complex Democracies at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka. The primary objective of this public lecture was to discuss the Political Economy of Development by showcasing the challenges of economic reforms in democracies, using South...

    25 November 2015