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  • Event

    The struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of security and state formation

    South Sudan, the world's youngest country, has experienced a rocky start to its existence as an independent nation. Less than three years after gaining independence in 2011 following a violent liberation war, the country slid back into conflict. Today the present crisis of war, economic downturns, human rights violations, state fragility, and internally displaced persons in...

    19 February 2019

  • Blog post

    Rethinking VAT: Making sense of Zambia’s policy U-turn on VAT

    On 28 September 2018, the Zambian Minister of Finance, Margaret Mwanakatwe, in her maiden budget address to Parliament, announced a major policy change set to turn the Zambian tax system on its head. Effective April 2019, Zambia will abolish Value Added Tax (VAT) and replace it with a non-refundable sales tax. This move re-opened a policy debate: Which consumption tax is...

    4 Feb 2019 | Twivwe Siwale

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Filling the gap: How information can help jobseekers

    This Growth Brief presents new evidence on interventions that target gaps in labour market information. It finds interventions that certify skills are particularly effective at helping jobseekers secure higher-paying jobs.

    29 Jan 2019 | Stefano Caria, Theres Lessing

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Helping young Ethiopians find jobs

    IGC researcher Girum Abebe of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute discusses a randomised evaluation of two job programmes helping young Ethiopians find jobs in Addis Ababa.

    28 Jan 2019

  • Blog post

    The politics of public sector and tax reform in Lebanon

    In Lebanon, rain from the latest storm was seen dripping through the cracks in Beirut’s bridges. This image aptly summarises the country’s deteriorating infrastructure, which is due to woeful public finances and decades of negligence. Until now, the focus has been on improving the resilience of the financial and banking systems, and immediate structural reforms, to...

    24 Jan 2019 | Moussa Saab

  • Project

    Reviewing Uganda’s 2017 National Export Action Plan

    Uganda’s Export Promotion Action Plan prioritises export-oriented growth to attain middle income status by 2020. In April 2017, the Uganda National Planning Authority (NPA) invited the IGC to review the Export Promotion Action Plan. According to the NPA, the IGC’s recommendations informed not only the Export Action Plan, but a number of other policy papers ...

    16 Jan 2019 | Ritwika Sen, Richard Newfarmer

  • Project

    IGC Public Forum on Galamsey in Ghana

    Small-scale illegal mining operations (colloquially known as “galamsey”) are destroying farmlands, forests, and water bodies in Ghana. IGC analysis showis that it would cost approximately $250 million to reclaim lands and water bodies destroyed by galamsey based on its studies in the western region.  This event shared findings from IGC Ghana-sponsored work on...

    16 Jan 2019 | James Dzansi, Henry Telli

  • Case Study: State

    Election debates to increase political accountability

    Our research has found that giving voters access to information can significantly improve their knowledge and increase democratic participation.

    15 Jan 2019

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Teacher effectiveness in Africa: Longitudinal and causal estimates

    9 Jan 2019 | Julie Buhl-Wiggers, Jason Kerwin, Jeffrey Smith, Rebecca Thornton

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Teacher pay and educational outcomes: Evidence from the rural hardship allowance in Zambia

    8 Jan 2019 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer, Mashekwa Maboshe