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    Tying rapid response to smart testing: Empowering local government response in Pakistan’s COVID-19 outbreak

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments across the world have been grappling with how to determine the prevalence of the virus in their own countries and introduce policy responses that will best mitigate its impact. No ‘optimal’ testing strategy has emerged and a shortage of tests has limited the information on population prevalence and transmission...

    1 Jun 2020 | Asim Khwaja, Jishnu Das, Adnan Khan

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    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

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    Lessons from Public-Private Partnerships in Lebanon

    In 2019, the IGC in Lebanon partnered with the High Council of Privatization (HCP) at the Prime Minister’s Office to draw lessons from previous privatisation attempts. Lebanon has traditionally relied on its banking system to attract capital inflows into the local economy. Ongoing political deadlock and regional turmoil have regressed position as a financial hub in the...

    12 May 2020 | Stéphane Straub

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    Economic impacts of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

    News of a new virus started coming out of China towards the end of 2019. By mid-March 2020, the world went into varying levels of lockdown with immediate and severe economic impacts , particularly for certain sectors most reliant on person-to-person contacts such as restaurants, cafes, sporting events, non-essential retail, and travel and tourism. No country was immune to...

    27 Apr 2020 | Dominique van der Mensbrugghe

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    Knowledge is power: A scoping study on women’s safety

    Bihar is ranked 3rd highest in terms of the percentage of women (nearly 43.2%) who experienced physical, sexual or emotional spousal violence (NFHS-4, 2017). Moreover, evidence suggests that the actual, as well as the perceived threat of women being attacked outside the home often deter them from working outside (Sudarshan, 2009; Chakraborty et. al, 2018). These alarming...

    11 Mar 2020 | Debayan Pakrashi, Chitwan Lalji, Sarani Saha

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    Addressing financial inclusion in rural India: the role of information and peer pressure

    Financial inclusion is considered to be an important aspect of the promotion of economic growth. Despite a significant increase in formal financial account ownership in recent years, a vast majority of adults in developing countries, and in particular women, still do not use them regularly. The aim of this project is to understand the factors that influence the usage of...

    11 Mar 2020 | Asadul Islam, Marcel Fafchamps, Debayan Pakrashi

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    She Wins - Electing women in ethnically divided societies: The case of Bihar

    Prior research on gender and politics in India focuses on efforts to increase the number of women holding office. Few researchers, however, have addressed why, in ethnically diverse democracies like India, some women candidates are successful while others are not. Existing research does little to differentiate women candidates by constituency characteristics, much less by...

    10 Mar 2020 | Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Arindam Banerjee, Anjali Thomas

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    Improving the efficient use of national resources: A cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) exercise to guide the Ministry of Health’s decisions

    The incidence of and resulting deaths from malaria globally have decreased in recent years with the help of malaria control programmes, but the economic impact of malaria is still estimated to cost the African continent $12 billion every year. Direct costs of malaria include a combination of personal and public expenditure on both prevention and treatment of the disease....

    1 Mar 2020 | Elisa Maffioli, Angela Miller

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    Identifying bottlenecks in public investment in Uganda

    The Ugandan government has doubled its funding of public investments between 2011 and 2017, however, public investments remain plagued by inefficiencies that limit their contribution to value addition and GDP (Ayebare, forthcoming). Estimates from the World Bank in 2016 suggest that due to inefficiencies in public investment management in the preceding decade, every dollar...

    15 Feb 2020 | Peter Carroll

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    Scoping paper and support for REB teacher recruitment process

    The Rwanda Education Board will be managing the recruitment and deployment of teachers nationwide, as previously these decisions were managed by local (district) governments. This provides an opportunity to address key sources of inefficiency that are typical of human resource challenges in civil services around the developing world including high levels of churn, low...

    13 Feb 2020 | Andrew Zeitlin