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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

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    Tax capacity and state accountability: Firm owner and taxpayer responses to information

    How can low-cost methods of encouraging tax compliance in developing countries be most effectively constructed to encourage both new and current taxpayers? How does taxation lead to the demand for governmental accountability? There are various studies which have measured the impact of government-sponsored messages on the behaviour of firms and taxpayers. Generally, threats...

    11 Dec 2019 | Isabelle Cohen

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    Preventing Islamic radicalisation in Mozambique: Through faith or employment?

    The economics and political science literature on conflict and civil wars is vast. Mostly, it focuses on the causes of the outbreak and duration of conflicts and distinguishes between (lack of) economic opportunity and grievance motivations. The generalised consensus is that economic variables are highly correlated with (and even affect) the outbreak of conflict (e.g....

    11 Dec 2019 | Pedro Vicente

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    Incubation of capabilities to run centralised assignment mechanisms in Rwanda: A Prototype for the case of teacher assignment

    Effective deployment of skilled and motivated teachers can play a crucial role in ultimately fostering learning and as a consequence economic growth, reducing teacher attrition and turnover rates, and increasing teacher satisfaction and performance. The literature on matching has studied many of the specific challenges related to the teacher deployment problem, and...

    10 Dec 2019 | Christoper Neilson, Andrew Zeitlin, Felipe Saint-Jean

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    Developing a forecasting and policy analysis system for Tanzania

    The aim of this project is to provide technical support to the Research Department of the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) with their development of a new modelling tool, the Forecasting and Policy Analysis System (FPAS).  The FPAS is being designed to assist the BoT in the formulation and implementation of monetary policy as it makes the transition from a monetary policy framework,...

    10 Dec 2019 | Christopher Adam