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  • Project

    Assessing the long-term effects of participation in a gender transformative programme in adolescence: A follow-up study of young men in Bihar

    Working with young men from an early age has been proposed as a potential solution to transform traditional gender norms. However, programmes to change gender norms among young men remain sparse in India and elsewhere. A review of interventions to engage young men revealed that most evaluations tend to have shorter follow-up periods. Also, they lack differential...

    17 Dec 2019 | K. Santhya, Francis Zavier

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    SMEs involvement in public procurement

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a huge potential for job creation, growth and innovation. The strong involvement of SMEs in public procurement allows unlocking this potential for the economy. It also allows contracting authorities to considerably broaden their potential supplier base, therefore enhancing competition on public contracts and counterbalancing...

    17 Dec 2019 | Bernard Hoekman, Bedri Tas

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    The impact of career opportunities on aspirations and educational outcomes

    Issues surrounding recruiting and motivating a high-performing public workforce are central to efforts to improve state effectiveness. The research team conducted a national recruitment experiment in Zambia - embedded in the 2012 launch of a new cadre of community health workers (CHW) - the Community Health Assistant (CHA). In contrast to volunteer CHWs, CHAs are government...

    17 Dec 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Edward Davenport

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    Digital literacy, land rights, and agricultural productivity in Bihar

    E-governance is the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) into the management of public programmes. It has altered the landscape for rights protection and service delivery. However, the success of some e-governance initiatives hinges on citizen engagement, which depends on digital literacy, knowledge of rights, and self-efficacy in claiming...

    17 Dec 2019 | Andre Joshua Nickow, Sanjay Kumar

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    Supply chains, international trade, and gaps in tax compliance

    The Rwandan Government is engaging in on-going trade reforms and discussions which continuously vary the cost of importing types of goods from specific countries of origin. These reforms imply changes in the amount of revenue that the Government collects at the border, which currently remains a substantial source of revenue to fund essential public goods. The concern over...

    17 Dec 2019 | Anders Jensen

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    A roadmap for closing gender gaps in Bihar – Gender Responsive Budgeting

    Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is a critical global accountability framework to plan, allocate, programme, and monitor adequate resources by governments to fulfil their commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE). In India, GRB has charted a significant path since 1992. The Five-Year Plans - starting from the Eight Plan (1992-97) - have recognised...

    17 Dec 2019 | Shrijna Dixon, Yamini Mishra

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    Can police enforcement reduce child marriage? Evidence from India

    Child marriage severely affects female well-being across the developing world, yet its causes remain poorly understood. Research that does examine the determinants of child marriage tends to focus on cultural- and economic factors that are difficult, if not impossible, to directly affect public policy. Inspired by interviews with local NGO workers specialised in the...

    16 Dec 2019 | Tanushree Goyal, Sam Van Noort

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    Peer-review of Jordanian local administration law

    The Draft Local Administration Law for 2019 (the Draft Law) is intended to replace the Law on Decentralisation (Law No. 49 of 2015) and the Law on Municipalities (Law No. 41 of 2015). In this regard, it combines the provisions of the previous two laws with respect to governorates, municipal councils, and local councils. It also places responsibility for the Draft Law under...

    16 Dec 2019 | Enid Slack, Ron Kanter

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    Government mobile salary payments in Afghanistan

    Governments must pay their employees for states to function. The current salary payment system in Afghanistan involves a combination of cash transfers and bank-based electronic funds transfers (EFTs). It is subject to frequent delays and, in some cases, severe leakage. Mobile Salary Payments (MSPs) hold the potential to simplify and improve the payment process, as...

    11 Dec 2019 | Michael Callen

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Information and electoral accountability

    Do more informed voters elect more qualified candidates? Numerous studies of varying scale and context reveal mixed evidence. Evidence appears stronger for structural interventions and mass communication than for more targeted interventions. Democracy is said to give citizens agency, as elections make it possible for them to remove poorly performing politicians....

    11 Dec 2019 | Guy Grossman, Macartan Humphreys, Valerie Mueller