Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
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BlogHow can developing countries pay for the SDGs?
With official development assistance under strain, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require developing countries to rely increasingly on their own resources...SDGs Sustainable Development Goals Millennium Development Goals
Journal ArticleBypassing Government: Aid Effectiveness and Malawi’s Local Development Fund
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
Journal ArticleAid Impact and Effectiveness: Introduction and Overview
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessDonors Fragile states Climate change
Working PaperInstitutional bypass and aid effectiveness in Africa
Many practical and action-oriented international roadmaps to improve the quality of aid and its delivery and impact on development—including the Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action, and Busan Partnership—emphasize a more active inv...Aid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
Working PaperUnderstanding the boom: A framing paper
A significant natural resource discovery creates excited popular expectations of imminent wealth. But the size of a boom is usually overestimated and the delay in receiving revenues is underestimated...Developing countries Institutions Macroeconomics
Working PaperUnderstanding the boom: Country study—Tanzania
There are large volumes of gas offshore Tanzania, which has raised hopes of a boom. But those hopes look set to be disappointed. A boom would depend on there being a sizeable flow of revenue to government from producing and exporting gas...Developing countries Institutions Natural resources
Working PaperInstitutions and Asia’s development: The role of norms and organizational power
The role of institutions in Asian development has been intensely contested since Myrdal’s Asian Drama, with later contributions from institutional economics and developmental state theory...Institutions Organizations Political settlements
Book ChapterPolitical economy and governance
From the book: Extractive IndustriesNatural resources Extractives Political economy
Working PaperRevisiting the methodology of Myrdal in Asian Drama 50 years on
This paper reviews the main methodological innovations in Asian Drama ...Gunnar Myrdal Institutions
Working PaperFiscal capacity and social protection expenditure in developing nations
There is scant analysis on the causal relationship between fiscal capacity and social protection expenditure in the developing world...fiscal capacity Inequality Institutions
Working PaperPolitical economy and governance
This paper reviews the political economy of extractive resources and the associated resources sector governance agenda...Natural resources Extractives Political economy
Working PaperIdeational and institutional drivers of social protection in Tanzania
In the early 2000s, there was low elite commitment to social protection in Tanzania. Yet, in 2012, the government officially launched a countrywide social safety net programme, and a year later it announced the introduction of an old age pension...Social protection Policy entrpreneurs Political settlements
SeminarAfrican economic growth: Productivity, policy syndromes and the importance of institutions
Speaker Augustin Kwasi Fosu, Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER. Recent evidence from an exhaustive political-economy study of growth of African economies – the Growth Project of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) - suggests that...
Panel discussionEconomies in transition: The long-run view
Chair: Erik Berglof, Chief Economist, EBRD Speakers: Professor Gérard Roland, University of California, Berkeley. Dr Rania Al-Mashat, Assistant Sub-Governor and Head of Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of Egypt. Professor Roland,...