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    DFI Fragility Forum 2022

    The fourth annual DFI Fragility Forum convened on 3-4 May 2022 at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, with participation of 25 Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), as well as official agencies and shareholder representatives. The Forum was co-organised by the African Development Bank, British International Investment, the International Finance...

    6 May 2022

  • Publication - Project Report

    Ask a local: Improving the public pricing of land titles in urban Tanzania

    Information on willingness-to-pay is key for public pricing and allocation of services but not easily collected. Studying land titles in Dar-es-Salaam, we ask whether local leaders know and will reveal plot owners' willingness-to-pay. We randomly assign leaders to predict under different settings then elicit owners' actual willingness-to-pay. Demand is substantial, but...

    4 May 2022 | Martina Manara, Tanner Regan

  • Project

    Increasing vaccine access and uptake in Lahore

    Lahore has been the main urban centre driving the COVID-19 case count in Punjab, Pakistan. Less than 40% of its population has received the first dose and it is in this context that Lahore District Administration has requested assistance in planning and delivering an efficient data-driven vaccination drive. This project has two aims: To develop a community and/or...

    28 Feb 2022 | Maha Rehman, Jason Abaluck, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Making public procurement more efficient

    How inefficient is public procurement, and what is the source of this inefficiency? With evidence from Pakistan, Adnan Khan explains how different public offices can pay very different prices for exactly the same good, and gives research insights on how to increase the efficiency of public procurement. The paper discussed in this video is The Allocation of Authority in...

    23 Feb 2022

  • Event

    Decentralisation in Zambia

    The International Growth Centre hosts a roundtable on 4th February 2022 in Lusaka to bring together government departments, academic expertise, and practitioner experience to discuss the government's decentralisation objective and practical barriers faced in achieving them. The roundtable is chaired by Mr Gary G Nkombo, the Minister of Local Government and Rural...

    4 February 2022

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Rebuilding the social compact: Urban service delivery and property taxes in Pakistan

    If citizens perceive little benefit from their tax payments, or if local services are disconnected from local decision-making, the social compact between citizen and state can be broken, thus creating a vicious cycle of low quality services, low levels of local tax revenue, and lack of trust in the state. This study, conducted with neighbourhoods in two of the...

    26 Jan 2022 | Mahvish Shaukat, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan

  • Publication - Project Report

    Forced displacement and human capital: Evidence from separated siblings

    We examine the impact of conflict-driven displacement on human capital looking at the Mozambican civil war (1977 - 1992), during which more than four million civilians fled to the countryside, to cities, and to refugee camps and settlements in neighboring countries. First, we present descriptive patterns linking education and sectoral employment to the various...

    21 Jan 2022 | Giorgio Chiovelli, Stelios Michalopoulos, Elias Papaioannou, Sandra Sequeira

  • Blog post

    Collecting tax revenue in Uganda: The carrot and stick story

    Text messages focused on enforcement and information are most effective at collecting tax revenue, while encouragement affects the average taxpayer only with visible benefits. We collaborated with the Ugandan Revenue Authority to test whether and what types of text message reminders help raise government revenue. Specifically, we used an experiment to test how effective...

    19 Jan 2022 | Isabelle Cohen, Nicholas Musoke

  • Alsonainah, Sana'a, Yemen
    Publication - Project Report

    Options for an economic track of the Yemen peace process (Arabic)

    خيارات المسار الاقتصادي لعملية السلام في اليمن To read this publication in English click here.

    18 Jan 2022 | Rafat Al-Akhali, Moussa Saab, Camilla Sacchetto

  • Publication - Project Report

    Options for an economic track of the Yemen peace process

    This report has been prepared by the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) State Fragility initiative following a request of Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Yemen in coordination with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General to Yemen (OSESGY) to explore options for an economic track to the Yemen Peace process. This work is based on...

    18 Jan 2022 | Rafat Al-Akhali, Moussa Saab, Camilla Sacchetto