Showing all Projects in Cities

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    How gender and migrant status affects collective action among street vendors

    Cities across sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing an influx of migration from rural regions and abroad, creating challenges for sustainable growth and development. Ensuring the economic and social incorporation of these foreign or rural migrants into the urban political economy is a critical challenge. While migrants face intense market competition (livelihood) in some...

    11 Mar 2022 | Alice Xu, Shelley Liu

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    Integrated resilient development in a coastal city: The case of Accra

    The floodwater in Accra, the capital of Ghana, accumulated dramatically in 2015 due to the densification of its drainage networks, waste dumping, and the missing discharge capacity throughout the Odaw Basin. After the floods in 2015, a CityStrength Diagnostic was performed by engaging a wide range of stakeholders and concluded that a programme to improve overall drainage...

    11 Mar 2022 | Hsi-Chuan Wang

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    Data and research as key enablers for city policy: A case study of Cape Town

    The City of Cape Town is widely recognised as a city that is making large strides in advancing the use of data and research in critical policy decisions including planning, implementation, and service delivery. This project seeks to document the use of data and evidence in policymaking in Cape Town over the past 20 years, since the Metro became a Unicity in 2000. The...

    20 Jan 2022 | Carol Wright, Victoria Delbridge

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    Digitalisation of local revenues in Malawi’s cities

    Malawi is still at the beginning of its urbanisation trajectory. As growth takes place and urbanisation increases, critical investments in infrastructure and service delivery will be required to ensure urban centres become engines of prosperity rather than sites of overcrowding and congestion. These investments require revenues, and recent reforms to improve local revenue...

    20 Jan 2022 | Lennart Fleck, Victoria Delbridge

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    A field experiment on integrating rural migrants in cities: Mapping the city of Quelimane

    The current rapid urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to lead to both economic development and political destabilisation. How can local leaders integrate rural migrants into labour markets with minimal harm to existing residents? And how does rural-urban migration change the political incentives and behaviour of local leaders, existing residents, and migrants...

    22 Nov 2021 | Frederica Mendonça, Wayne Sandholtz, Alex Armand, Pedro Vicente

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    Improving tax compliance in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    A pre-condition for sustained public service provision is the mobilisation of reliable tax revenues to pay for these public services, often referred to as fiscal capacity. There is extensive literature examining tax mobilisation and compliance in developed countries, where fiscal capacity is already high due to pre-existing norms around compliance. However, it has little to...

    4 Aug 2021 | Wilson Prichard

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    Neighbourhoods of opportunity? Moving to public housing in Addis Ababa

    Governments all over the world use housing assistance programmes to improve the living standards of the poor. In Ethiopia, like many developing countries today, these programmes take the form of large-scale household estates built in new neighbourhoods by the government and then given away either at subsidised prices or for free. These programmes may directly improve the...

    15 Jul 2021 | Simon Franklin

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    Responsive policymaking in Pakistan: Decision-making around infrastructure in Balochistan

    IGC Pakistan is supporting the Government of Balochistan (GoB) in developing the contours of a spatial strategy to guide the province's budgetary allocations and development priorities while reflecting Balochistan’s needs and strengths. A previous IGC study has helped set the context for a new framework for growth in Balochistan based on a spatial and data-driven approach...

    11 Jun 2021 | Nasir Javed

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    Rebuilding the social compact: Urban service delivery and property taxes in Pakistan

    Developing countries face a critical challenge as they urbanise: how can local governments tasked with delivering public goods and services meet the needs of rapidly growing urban populations? We ask whether strengthening the link between urban service provision and tax collection can create a virtuous cycle of sustainable development. We introduce a series of...

    8 Jun 2021 | Mahvish Shaukat, Adnan Khan, Benjamin Olken

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    Urban property tax reform in Punjab

    The Punjab Government is considering reforming its property tax valuation system and is analysing the impact of potentially shifting from the ARV-based system of property valuation to a capital value-based valuation system. Specifically, the government requires support in understanding the distributional and revenue consequences of this shift. Amongst the levers of tax...

    4 Jun 2021 | Ali Abbas, Ali Cheema