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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How data can improve property tax implementation in Rwanda

    Rwanda introduced a new property tax law which entered into force on 1 January 2019. This property tax sought to increase municipal revenues from a low base and empower local government as part of a wider decentralisation process. IGC and the consulting firm GOPA, funded by GIZ, generated a prototype Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) for Kigali applying machine...

    21 Jun 2022 | Jonathan Bower, Kaspar Kundert, Patrick McSharry, Paul Brimble

  • Blog post

    Scaling up development finance can bring peace in fragile countries

    The number of people living in poverty in fragile and conflict-affected countries is estimated to reach 360 million by 2030. Lifting people out of poverty in places affected by low government capacity, poor infrastructure and high political and economic risk and uncertainty is a critical challenge and key to addressing global problems such as conflict, migration,...

    21 Jun 2022 | Rafat Al-Akhali

  • News Item

    DFI Fragility Forum 2022

    The fourth annual DFI Fragility Forum convened on 3-4 May 2022 at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, with participation of 25 Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), as well as official agencies and shareholder representatives. The Forum was co-organised by the African Development Bank, British International Investment, the International Finance...

    6 May 2022

  • Publication - Project Report

    Ask a local: Improving the public pricing of land titles in urban Tanzania

    Information on willingness-to-pay is key for public pricing and allocation of services but not easily collected. Studying land titles in Dar-es-Salaam, we ask whether local leaders know and will reveal plot owners' willingness-to-pay. We randomly assign leaders to predict under different settings then elicit owners' actual willingness-to-pay. Demand is substantial, but...

    4 May 2022 | Martina Manara, Tanner Regan

  • Blog post

    Can internet access lead to improved economic outcomes?

    The Infra4Dev Conference, jointly organised by the World Bank and the International Growth Centre on March 3rd-4th 2022, brought together the academic and policy-making community to exchange knowledge and insights regarding the roles that infrastructure can play in catalysing development. Professor Jonas Hjort (Columbia University and University College London) provided the...

    5 Apr 2022 | Jonas Hjort, Camilla Sacchetto

  • Blog post

    How much do we know about the development impacts of large-scale integrated transport infrastructure?

    The Infra4Dev Conference, jointly organized by the World Bank and the International Growth Centre on March 3rd-4th 2022, brought together the academic and policy-making community to exchange knowledge and insights regarding the different roles that infrastructure can play in catalyzing development. Professor Stephen Redding, of Princeton University, provided the framework...

    23 Mar 2022 | Stephen Redding

  • Project

    Increasing vaccine access and uptake in Lahore

    Lahore has been the main urban centre driving the COVID-19 case count in Punjab, Pakistan. Less than 40% of its population has received the first dose and it is in this context that Lahore District Administration has requested assistance in planning and delivering an efficient data-driven vaccination drive. This project has two aims: To develop a community and/or...

    28 Feb 2022 | Maha Rehman, Jason Abaluck, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Making public procurement more efficient

    How inefficient is public procurement, and what is the source of this inefficiency? With evidence from Pakistan, Adnan Khan explains how different public offices can pay very different prices for exactly the same good, and gives research insights on how to increase the efficiency of public procurement. The paper discussed in this video is The Allocation of Authority in...

    23 Feb 2022

  • Event

    Decentralisation in Zambia

    The International Growth Centre hosts a roundtable on 4th February 2022 in Lusaka to bring together government departments, academic expertise, and practitioner experience to discuss the government's decentralisation objective and practical barriers faced in achieving them. The roundtable is chaired by Mr Gary G Nkombo, the Minister of Local Government and Rural...

    4 February 2022

  • Publication - Policy Brief

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

    If citizens perceive little benefit from their tax payments, or if local services are disconnected from local decision-making, the social compact between citizen and state can be broken, thus creating a vicious cycle of low quality services, low levels of local tax revenue, and lack of trust in the state. This study, conducted with neighbourhoods in two of the...

    26 Jan 2022 | Mahvish Shaukat, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan