Showing all Projects in Cities

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    The spatial dynamics of land use change in Kigali: Calibration, impact, and policy impliations

    Kigali has unusually advanced land use planning and formality, through national land registration, district land use plans, and a detailed Kigali City masterplan. This study assesses 1) to what extent buildings comply with the masterplan; 2) to what extent residents are aware of the masterplan; and 3) what solutions to increasing masterplan compliance would be...

    18 Nov 2015 | Klaus Deininger, Daniel Ayalew Ali, Marguerite Duponchel

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    Low cost housing for Africa's cities? The impact of the Government Condominium Scheme in Ethiopia

    Cities in Africa face severe shortages of affordable formal housing. It is estimated that Ethiopia’s current housing deficit in urban areas is about a million units, and that only 30 percent of the current housing stock is in decent condition. Many of the capital city’s inhabitants live in sub-standard housing conditions without access to important urban services. In...

    8 Oct 2015 | Berihu Assefa Gebrehiwot, Simon Franklin, Alebel Weldesilassie

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    Mobile banking and remittances among garment workers in Bangladesh: An experimental study

    Mobile money has been shown to have a positive impact on household poverty reduction. However, little experimental evidence exists on the impacts of mobile money on household financial and risk management. We used a randomised experiment to study the adoption, impacts, and perceptions of mobile money in Bangladesh. We found that mobile money adoption has positive...

    5 Oct 2015 | Abu Shonchoy, Jean N. Lee, Jonathan Morduch, Hassan Zaman

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    Tanzania: Impact of low-cost urban land tenure formalisation

    At close to 80%, Tanzania has one of the highest levels of urban informality world-wide. Informal land rights in urban areas are a major obstacle for sustainable urbanisation in a number of ways, in particular by (i) undermining the scope for generation of own-source revenue by local governments; (ii) raising the costs and reducing the benefits of forward-looking urban...

    5 Oct 2015 | Klaus Deininger, Daniel Ayalew Ali, Justin Sandefur

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    Construction industry and construction materials industry in Mozambique

    Mozambique’s  construction sector has one of the strongest growth outlooks across Sub-Saharan Africa However, there are several significant barriers to the development of the construction industry in the country Researchers suggest the establishment of an Interministerial Forum of the Construction Industry Mozambique’s construction sector has...

    9 Sep 2015 | Rogerio Quintella, Vasco Nhabinde, Novella Maugeri

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    Public transport and urban labour market integration: A randomised control trial

    A well-integrated citywide public transport network contributes to economic growth by reducing transport costs and travel time, facilitating specialisation of firms and workers, and decreasing the cost of economic transactions.  Yet, despite increasing urbanisation, most of Pakistan’s cities suffer from a poorly connected public transport network. In Lahore,...

    4 Sep 2015 | Erica Field, Katherine Vyborny

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    Social networks, property rights, and public services in the slums of Patna and Jaipur

    Despite their rapid growth, knowledge about slums – processes of settlement; trajectories over time; social, political and economic dynamics – remains rudimentary. Planners in India distinguish between declared and undeclared (or notified, recognised, and unrecognised) slums, but events have overtaken these gross distinctions, resulting in the emergence of five and...

    28 Aug 2015 | Anirudh Krishna, Erik Wibbels

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    The growth of cities in India, 1870-2020

    This project addressed three questions: What is the relationship between urbanisation and economic growth in India? Why is India urbanising slowly? Why are some Indian cities growing faster than others? The project assembled and analysed a unique database of urban agglomerations spanning a century, and districts and states across several decades. ...

    19 Aug 2015 | Chinmay Tumbe

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    Water connections in urban Zambia: Measuring the private and social benefits of water

    The rapid growth of cities on the African continent brings tremendous economic potential, facilitating the spread of innovation, industry and education. However, this promise is blighted by significant negative externalities associated with big city density, including congestion and contagious disease. There is a view among urban economists that one of the most...

    14 Aug 2015 | Edward Glaeser, Nava Ashraf, Bryce Steinberg, Abraham Holland

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    Dynamic cities: What role do urban local governments play in improving urban service delivery performance in Africa and Asia?

    In most countries, urban areas are the engines of economic growth and provide spaces for social transformation and political inclusion. This is the case because dynamic and prosperous cities are able to attract and retain both the talent and the capital investments necessary to attract businesses and sustain high productivity levels by offering high quality urban services...

    14 Aug 2015 | Jamie Boex, Devanne Brookins, Benjamin Edwards, Ammar A Malik