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  • Blog post

    Mobilising local leaders to rebuild the social compact

    The social compact between citizen and state, whereby a citizen pays taxes and receives public goods and services, is a critical link in political accountability and the development process. This link is especially salient in the context of local governments and a significant metric on which they are judged. In many developing countries, however, this link is broken. In...

    17 Jan 2020 | Asim Khwaja, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How can Skill India improve outcomes for female trainees?

    Skill India is a government programme which includes an initiative aimed at training and linking young women to employment opportunities. Not only are female participants of the programme less likely to accept a job offer than a male counterpart, but they are even less likely to accept one that involves some form of migration. This brief uses existing data to...

    16 Jan 2020 | Soledad Artiz Prillaman, Rohini Pande, Charity Banda

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Curbing leakage in public programmes: Evidence from India’s Direct Benefit Transfer Policy for LPG subsidies

    Welfare programmes often observe a high rate of leakage of public funds. Many developing countries subsidise access to essential commodities with in-kind transfer programmes, where beneficiaries receive goods at a subsidised price while non-beneficiaries have to pay the market price. The design of traditional in-kind transfer programmes itself, when it leads to a...

    15 Jan 2020 | Prabhat Barnwal

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Policy brief: Using administrative data to measure the productivity and allocation of health workers and funds: Lessons from Ghana

    Since 2018, doctors and administrators from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and academics from the University of Oxford have been working together to understand which health facilities personnel should be deployed to in order to have the greatest impact on health. This project undertook a government-academia collaboration using Ghana’s District Health Information...

    8 Jan 2020 | Binta Zahra Diop, Koku Awoonor-Williams, Anthony Ofosu, Martin Williams

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Teacher gender and the gender gap in education: The case of Mozambique primary schools

    Mozambique is characterised by a substantial gender gap in education and male dominance in the teaching profession. This study investigates the relationship between the relative lack of female teachers and the gender gap in education across the universe of Mozambican schools. Using data from the annual school census (2004-2017), the authors document a small negative...

    8 Jan 2020 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Celine Zipfel

  • Publication - Project Report

    Addressing efficiency and quality in Rwanda’s health system

    The Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) has a critical role in Rwanda’s healthcare system; to fulfil this role, it requires solid rules, analysis and provider compliance to ensure a functioning, efficient and quality healthcare system. As the major national payer, RSSB has considerable leverage over providers, and at the same time has responsibility for setting the rules...

    3 Jan 2020 | Maureen Lewis

  • Project

    Teacher rotation and student outcomes: Experimental evidence from Uganda

    On a given day, 27% of Ugandan teachers do not attend class (Chaudhury et al, 2006). Even when teachers in Uganda and other developing countries come to school, they do not necessarily teach, and students do not necessarily learn. Only three out of ten students can read and comprehend a simple story by grade three, and only eight out of ten can do so by grade seven...

    3 Jan 2020 | Kizito Omala, Frederico Finan, Ernesto Dal Bó, David Schönholzer, Isabelle Cohen

  • Project

    Experimental impacts of Tanzania’s conditional cash transfer on household investment choices (follow-up)

    Tanzania’s Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme is the second-largest government-run conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme in Africa. Funded mainly by the Government of Tanzania and the World Bank - and implemented by the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) - the aim of the PSSN is to increase income and consumption and to help vulnerable populations cope...

    18 Dec 2019 | Zoë Hitzig, Rema Hanna

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC evidence paper - State effectiveness (Draft)

    18 Dec 2019 | Oriana Bandiera, Michael Callen, Katherine E. Casey, Eliana La Ferrara, Camille Landais, Matthieu Teachout

  • Project

    Collect and archive policy and statistical documents

    In Ethiopia, obtaining important policy documents can be time-consuming. This is partly because some government documents are not available online, requiring researchers to physically go to the government offices to obtain the documents. Also, researchers may need to fill out paperwork in order to access some documents. This can tax the researchers’ time and, hence,...

    18 Dec 2019 | Yared Seid