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    The design of anti-poverty interventions for the ultra-poor: Asset transfers or cash transfers?

    A major challenge faced by governments in low-income countries is to permanently alleviate households from poverty. Recent evidence suggests that the “Targeting the Ultrapoor” (TUP) program pioneered by BRAC in Bangladesh has proven effective and portable across settings (Banerjee et al., 2015; Bandiera et al., 2017). As a result, there has been growing interest in the...

    20 May 2021 | Imran Rasul

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    Fragility and instability in Liberia: Understanding the root causes and potential implications

    Following the end of the civil war in 2003, the Liberian government focused on rebuilding state institutions, provision of basic services and infrastructure, ensuring good governance and rule of law, and reviving the economy among others. The economy had grown to 8.7% before it plummeted to 0.7% in 2014 due to the twin shocks of the fall in commodity prices and the...

    19 May 2021 | Brian Ganson, Abou Bakarr Kamara

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    Judicial access and development: Evidence from Pakistan

    Effective justice systems can improve the living conditions of populations by addressing violations of political rights, promoting peaceful dispute resolutions, and supporting economic governance for development. Yet, three challenges affect the Judiciary in most developing countries, and specifically in Pakistan: poor access, especially for vulnerable populations;...

    14 May 2021 | Daniel Chen, Adnan Khan, Sultan Mehmood

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    Exploring interactions between national and local government taxes in Uganda

    One key concern reported by taxpayers and tax authorities in Uganda is ‘double taxation’ on different sources of income from local and national revenue authorities. One example is rental income in Kampala city, which is taxed both by the Uganda Revenue Authority through rental income tax, and by the Kampala Capital City Authority in the form of property rates. Not only...

    22 Mar 2021 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

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    Countering Islamic radicalisation in northern Mozambique: Radio campaigning and adolescent sensitisation in religious schools

    In recent years, major global violent conflicts have happened in Muslim-majority countries. Of these conflicts, a substantial and increasing share has been related to Islamist insurgents. However, the process of radicalisation and the effectiveness of measures to counteract it are widely understudied. Northern Mozambique is where a substantial discovery of natural gas took...

    18 Feb 2021 | Pedro Vicente, Inês Vilela, Alex Armand, Flavio Cunha

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    Countering COVID-19: Real-time data from Pakistan

    The on-going pandemic put a strain on the developed economy with a sharp collapse of GDP and mounting unemployment. Simultaneously, the fragile socio-economic structure of low and middle-income countries are extremely vulnerable to the pandemic's effects. Amongst the many constraints that local authorities face in responding to the pandemic, these countries have few...

    18 Feb 2021 | Ali Choudhary, Nicola Limodio

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    Estimating income losses and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis in Uganda

    COVID-19 continues to take its toll on the world and more recently, the African continent. While the continent still accounts for fewer cases or deaths, in cities such as Uganda the incidence of the disease has risen sharply. Uganda is not new to infectious diseases and has successfully battled outbreaks of Ebola, Marburg and even HIV/AIDS. Whilst COVID-19 has relatively...

    18 Feb 2021 | Nora Lustig, Stephen D. Younger

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    Formalising informal taxation: Evidence from the DRC

    Informal taxation, which often involves contributing labour toward local public goods provision, is a frequently overlooked source of local public finance in developing countries. However, in most countries the incidence of informal taxation is regressive: poor households often contribute more work hours than better-off households, and at times the most disadvantaged...

    22 Jan 2021 | Augustin Bergeron, Gabriel Tourek, Jonathan Weigel

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    Tax evasion in customs: Firm level evidence from Uganda

    Developing countries are constrained by a lack of resources to fund growth enhancing public investments. Trade taxes are one important source of tax revenues for almost all of these economies. Uganda is no exception: In fiscal year 2017/18 revenues from import duties (tariffs) alone contributed about 8.5 percent to total tax collection. For this project we propose to...

    11 Jan 2021 | Nada Eissa, Jakob Rauschendorfer, Michael Best

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    Strengthening state capacity and enhancing bureaucratic effectiveness

    Developing state capacity is essential for promoting economic growth and development. This does not only involve developing fiscal capacity of the state by improving its resource mobilization techniques but also ensuring that a well-functioning and motivated bureaucracy is in place that can deliver essential services. Over the last decade, a reasonably large literature...

    11 Jan 2021 | Zahra Mansoor, Adnan Khan