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Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Book: Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This new Open Access book provides an analysis of the global monetary system and the necessary reforms that it should undergo to play an active role in the twenty-first century and proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the system.
Policy brief: Africa's Lions
A survey of six major African economies — Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa — shows that there are three major constraints which could reinforce a pattern of low growth accompanied with limited poverty-reduction
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31 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperQuantifying the impacts of expanding social protection on efficiency and equity: Evidence from a behavioural microsimulation model for Ghana
A large informal sector is a challenge for developing countries building up social protection systems...Developing countries Social protection Taxation
Working PaperChoices for spending government revenue: New African oil, gas, and mining economies
This paper examines a broad range of opportunities for addressing the pressing human development needs of low-income countries by using new oil, gas, and mineral discoveries...Extractives Education Framework
Working PaperThe global politics of social protection
Since the early 2000s international development agencies have actively promoted social protection as a new global public policy...Africa Policy transfer Politics
Working PaperThe politics of scaling up social protection in Kenya
Literature on social protection in Kenya shows progress in implementation of cash transfers but not the social health insurance scheme...Kenya Social protection Cash transfers
Working PaperSocial protection, electoral competition, and political branding in Malawi
Competitive elections in many parts of Africa generate powerful incentives to presidential candidates (and to a lesser extent political parties) to brand themselves in ways that transcend regional or ethnic loyalties...Elections Political branding Social protection
Working PaperPoverty, changing political regimes, and social cash transfers in Zimbabwe, 1980–2016
Since 2000, Zimbabwe has been under some pressure to provide more fully for its children. It is not clear whether child poverty has worsened, although AIDS, drought, and economic mismanagement have all compromised poverty reduction...Poverty Child poverty Politics
Working PaperBuilding a conservative welfare state in Botswana
Botswana’s welfare state is both a parsimonious laggard in comparison with some other middle-income countries in Africa (such as Mauritius and South Africa) and extensive (in comparison with its low-income neighbours to the north and east)...Social protection Drought Relief Conservatism
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 PaperWorker retraining and transfer payments: The political economy of social protection
We conduct an incentive-theoretical analysis of political economy considerations in the design of social protection programmes in developing countries to accompany economic reforms...Political economy Social protection Transfer payments
PresentationSocial protection in development
Improving the social protection of the poor and vulnerable is a global concern and co-operation is needed at all levels. As part of efforts to build dialogue and to better support social protection in developing countries, Jukka Pirttilä...
Working PaperThe politics of promoting social protection in Zambia
This paper examines the rise of the social protection agenda in Zambia, and demonstrates that this has two alternative drivers: shifting dynamics within Zambia’s political settlement and the promotional efforts of a transnational policy coaliti...Cash transfers Ideas Political settlements
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
Working PaperTrade, poverty, and social protection in developing countries
How do shifts in trade affect social protections for the poor?...Globalization and Trade Social protection
Working PaperSocial protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP
Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme is among the largest social protection programmes in Africa and has been promoted as a model for the continent...Food security Political settlements Process tracing
ArticleFeasibility of tax-benefit microsimulation in Ghana
The technical paper introduced in this article studies the feasibility of building a tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ghana. The main Ghanaian tax and benefit policies are reviewed, followed by a discussion of data requirements. We conclude...Taxation Social protection microsimulation