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    Saving microfinance through innovative lending

    The traditional microfinance model has had limited impact on the income and productivity of borrowers. More innovative and flexible lending models can boost entrepreneurship and welfare.

    13 Mar 2019 | Vikas Dimble, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

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    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

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    Value Added Tax in developing countries: Lessons from recent research

    The Value Added Tax has become one of the most important instruments of revenue mobilisation in the developing world. A recent and growing body of research highlights its strengths and some of the challenges it faces. Today, Value Added Taxes (VAT) exist in more than 160 countries, including in many developing countries that have modernised their tax systems in the past...

    6 Jun 2018 | Francois Gerard, Joana Naritomi

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    Management delivers: Why firms should invest in better business practices

    There is a stark difference in firm productivity and growth between developing and advanced economies. Improving the management of firms in developing countries can help bridge this gap. New research shows that introducing management practices to firms can have lasting impacts on their productivity and growth. When Indian firms adopted management practices, their...

    28 Mar 2018 | Nick Bloom, Leonie Dressel, Emilie Yam

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    Making the most of urban land

    Land is a city’s most valuable resource, but is liable to be badly misused.  As cities grow, land risks becoming occupied without coordination or supporting infrastructure, while a few lucky landowners enjoy rising values created by the entire city. Active policy can change this. Urban policymakers face decision on land policy that will dramatically shape the future...

    16 Mar 2018 | Paul Collier, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

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    Seeding success: Increasing agricultural technology adoption through information

    Modern agricultural technologies have enormous potential to drive poverty reduction and economic growth, but adoption remains low in many countries. New models of information sharing could help resolve this. With over half of working adults in sub-Saharan Africa employed in agriculture, improving agricultural productivity is an important way to raise living standards. This...

    19 Dec 2017 | Kelsey Jack, Julia Tobias

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    Trading up: The benefits of exporting for small firms

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provide the majority of jobs in developing countries, yet they have low productivity and exports. International trade can spur the growth of SMEs. SMEs employ a large proportion of the labour force in developing countries. Compared to large firms, however, few SMEs export – direct exports represent just 3% of total SME...

    22 Nov 2017 | David Atkin, Amanda Jinhage

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    Financing fast-growing cities

    Many developing country cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. To respond to this unplanned, rapid expansion, it will be beneficial for city authorities both to expand existing revenue sources and explore new financing options to match higher demand for public services. Cities like Kampala, Uganda, will triple in size by the year 2050, according to estimates...

    27 Jun 2017 | Astrid Haas, Paul Collier

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    Beyond borders: Making transport work  for African trade

    Africa has seen massive trade liberalisation in the last three decades. But the success of translating reduced tariffs into increased international trade has been limited and geographically unbalanced. One of the main reasons for this is the high cost of moving goods within countries. While the rest of the developing world has been tapping into global value chains and...

    30 Mar 2017 | Dave Donaldson, Amanda Jinhage, Eric Verhoogen

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    Rewarding bureaucrats: Can incentives improve public sector performance?

    This brief synthesises lessons from the latest research on strategies to improve the performance of public sector workers, including government administrators and frontline service providers, such as teachers and health workers. The focus is on strategies for recruiting and motivating the public sector workforce.

    23 Mar 2017 | Oriana Bandiera, Adnan Khan, Julia Tobias