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  • Blog post

    Balance for better: Advancing women’s political leadership

    “What we need is men and women in equal numbers, working as equals.”  This statement by Clare Short, former Secretary of State for the International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) struck me for its revelatory simplicity. When more women work, economies prosper, productivity increases, and businesses benefit from organisational effectiveness and growth. If...

    3 Mar 2020 | Laura Sili

  • Blog post

    What’s the marginal productivity of a nurse?

    Imagine you are running a national health system in a country in Africa. You run thousands of health facilities and employ tens of thousands of nurses, doctors, midwives, and other health workers. Where should you deploy these personnel to have the greatest impact on public health?  Suppose there is a rural health clinic that employs two nurses. What would improve service...

    26 Feb 2020 | Binta Zahra Diop, Koku Awoonor-Williams, Anthony Ofosu, Martin Williams

  • Blog post

    Do civil service performance incentives work: Evidence from Ghana and Zambia

    “The problem with government is that bureaucrats don’t have any incentive to perform well.” If you’ve spent much time working in or with governments in low- or middle-income countries, you’ve almost certainly heard this lament many times – and maybe even said it yourself. The idea is simple, intuitive, and powerful: People aren’t performing well; people...

    25 Feb 2020 | Martin Williams, Liah Yecalo-Tecle

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Civil service reform and performance management in Ghana and Zambia since 1990

    20 Feb 2020 | Martin Williams, Liah Yecalo-Tecle

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Monetary policy in Tanzania: Looking back on 10-years of BoT and IGC contributions

    This paper synthesises the International Growth Centre’s work on monetary policy in Tanzania during its 10 years of involvement in the region, placing it in the context of the wider literature on the topic. It begins with an overview of the primary debates around the theory and practice of monetary policy in sub-Saharan Africa since independence, including recent efforts...

    14 Feb 2020 | Matei Alexianu

  • Project

    Scoping paper and support for REB teacher recruitment process

    The Rwanda Education Board will be managing the recruitment and deployment of teachers nationwide, as previously these decisions were managed by local (district) governments. This provides an opportunity to address key sources of inefficiency that are typical of human resource challenges in civil services around the developing world including high levels of churn, low...

    13 Feb 2020 | Andrew Zeitlin

  • Project

    Support for RSSB strategy and data infrastructure

    The Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) is deeply embedded into the Rwandan economy, providing substantial financial buoyancy to the banking and construction sector, and its programmes are critical to protecting the welfare of citizens and providing citizens protections as they transition out of low productivity agriculture to higher productivity employment. However, the...

    13 Feb 2020 | Maureen Lewis

  • Blog post

    Improving teacher accountability in Pakistan’s rural schools

    Pakistan has extremely low learning levels and poor education service delivery is a driving factor. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has expressed a strong desire for evidence on how to design evaluation and oversight systems for the education sector, with the goal of improving learning. Accordingly, we conducted an International Growth Centre (IGC) supported study...

    3 Feb 2020 | Saher Asad, Masooma Habib, Naureen Karachiwalla, Katrina Kosec, Clare Leaver, Attique Ur Rehman

  • Event

    Cancelled: Why is shaping the public sector key to a better world?

    NB this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.  Good governance requires good people in government. The global goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 can only be achieved with effective governments in developing countries. Yet, low productivity and performance among civil servants significantly hinders...

    5 March 2020