UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
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COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
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COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
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Working PaperThe Rise and Fall of Decentralization in Contemporary Uganda
There has long been an emphasis on the importance of decentralization in providing better quality public services in the developing world...Decision making (Finance, Public) Local government Public goods
Research BriefService Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa
In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Decentralized Service Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa: Policies, politics and inter-governmental relations’ Winnie V...Economic development Government spending policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations
Working PaperForeign Aid and Decentralization: Policies for Autonomy and Programming for Responsiveness
Donor support for decentralization comes in two main categories: recommendations at the policy level and project activities at the programming level...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic development projects
Book ChapterThe Changing Dynamics of Foreign Aid and Democracy in Mozambique
From the book: Democratic Trajectories in AfricaBudget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
Research BriefUrban Service Delivery in Africa and the World Bank
Various studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between urban population levels and gross national income...Central planning Local government Urban planning
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (November 2012)
Tony Addison This month saw the visit of Kaushik Basu, the World Bank’s new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, to talk about the global crisis and the impact on emerging economies at a UNU-WIDER seminar...Agriculture Conflict management Economic development
Working PaperPolitical Clientelism and Capture: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India
We provide a theory of political clientelism, which explains sources and determinants of political clientelism, the relationship between clientelism and elite capture, and their respective consequences for allocation of public services, welfare, and ...Local government Corruption Political science
Working PaperDecentralized Service Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa
In many African countries, decentralization has long been viewed as a means for improving local service delivery...Economic development Government spending policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations
BlogWhat Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Governance?
Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa Over the past decade, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have become a staple of research in development economics...Cost effectiveness Experimental design Field experiments
Working PaperOpposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda
Uganda, like other African countries, has implemented reforms to decentralize political authority to local governments and reintroduce multiparty elections...Central planning Economic policy Local government
Working PaperDonor Assistance and Urban Service Delivery in Africa
Sub-Saharan African cities have been growing at historically unprecedented rates. Since the early 1970s, they have welcomed international assistance involving a succession of major thematic objectives...Central planning Local government Urban planning
Working PaperThe Changing Dynamics of Foreign Aid and Democracy in Mozambique
This study explores the effects of foreign aid on democracy in Mozambique during the last decade. Aid for democracy built on historic relationships forged between donors and the government during the wartime humanitarian emergency...Budget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
Book ChapterToward Efficient Urban Form in China
From the book: Urbanization and Development in AsiaEconomic aspects (Agriculture) Land use Economic aspects (Land use)
Book ChapterOf Guns, Ideas and Taxes: Understanding the Political Logic of Violence-Reducing Policy Innovation in Three Colombian Cities
From the book: Latin American Urban Development into the 21st CenturyLocal government Political science Taxation
BlogWhat Does Good Governance Mean?
Rachel M. Gisselquist Almost all major development institutions today say that promoting good governance is an important part of their agendas...Methodology (Qualitative research) Methodology (Quantitative research) Institutional economics
Working PaperLocal Government, Taxes, and Guns: Successful Policy Innovation in Three Colombian Cities
This paper evaluates transformative policy innovations with respect to security and taxation in the three main Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. In the first two, such policies were associated with huge success...Local government Political science Taxation