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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

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    The impact of infrastructure improvement on urban life quality in Zambia

    This project assesses the socioeconomic impact of improvements in road quality between 2014 and 2018 in Zambia, extending the study period of a previous IGC study titled The impact of infrastructure improvement on urban life quality and firm output, covering the implementation of Link Zambia 8000. Link Zambia 8000 is one of Zambia's largest scale infrastructure...

    4 Jun 2021 | Cong Peng, Yulu Tang, Wen Chen

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    Characterising informal settlements in Lusaka

    This project supports better planning for urban expansion and public service delivery in Zambia through satellite imagery-based analysis of informal settlements. Its outcomes will fill critical knowledge gaps on the nature of informal settlements in Lusaka. The project is part of IGC Cities that Work's broader collaboration with policymakers and development partners in...

    1 Jun 2021 | Dennis Chiwele, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Shahrukh Wani

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    Mapping informal settlements in Lusaka

    The IGC has been working with UN-Habitat to support the Zambia Ministry of Local Government. This has demonstrated, as re-emphasised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a better understanding of the city’s informal settlements. A collaboration with Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) has set out to respond to the issue of...

    26 May 2021 | Mark Tabor

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    The key to building cheap houses? The economics of building materials in Rwanda

    There is a considerable analysis gap regarding the housing building materials sector in Rwanda despite interest from Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure and two of the Ministry’s housing sector groups. Rwanda’s formal housing construction and materials industry are unable to meet the needs of the population because of a combination of high costs, insufficient supply,...

    20 May 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Fatou Dieye

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    Women's mobility, job search, and employment: Follow-up evidence from a randomised control trial

    Unemployment and economically inactive people are one of the biggest challenges facing urban labour markets in low-income countries. In South Asian cities, this pattern is more pronounced across gender lines with women less likely than men to participate in the labour market, even at relatively high levels of education. This project investigates the constraints on women’s...

    18 Feb 2021 | Katherine Vyborny, Erica Field