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Our project on the institutional legacies of violent conflict

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One of the most critical challenges in international development today is to understand how best to support peace, security, economic recovery, and legitimate political authority in fragile and conflict-affected countries. One and a half billion people live in countries affected by political instability and violent conflict. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the number of those affected was predicted to grow. The spread of the virus in areas with limited healthcare and...

Why do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?

One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries. Apart from a handful of countries in East Asia, very few developing countries have experienced prolonged periods of rapid economic growth and large declines in poverty. Most developing countries experience boom-and-bust growth, with periods of strong positive growth followed by periods of rapid declines in living standards or economic stagnation. If...

A world of protest

by Zachariah Mampilly
That we are living in an era of popular protest is undeniable. A quick survey of headlines from around the world — or better yet, your social media feed — reveals countless uprisings unfolding in real time. Farmers protest efforts to privatize their land in India, Argentinians march to provide women reproductive justice, citizens rise up against police brutality in Nigeria and the United States. The list goes on. Empirical evidence bears out the anecdotal. According to a...

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Ghana's lockdown hit vulnerable workers hard: What needs to happen next time

Coronavirus lockdowns brought the world to a standstill. Rules on hygiene and social distancing have reshaped daily life, schools and businesses had been closed, and gatherings banned...

COVID-19 Lockdown Employment
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Ecuador’s social protection system failed during the pandemic: It needs a rethink

Household incomes in Ecuador were badly hit by the pandemic, despite the government’s emergency grant to families...

COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
Policy Brief
Firm performance, trade linkages, and the growth of SMEs in Tanzania March 2021

The private sector and enterprises have a key role to play in the development of the Tanzanian economy. This Policy Brief provides insights and solutions that could offer business sectors the vital policy support that they need to develop and grow...

SMEs Tanzania Growth and employment
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The paths and legacies of civil war

Civil wars leave enduring legacies for social networks , political identities , preferences , and attitudes ...

Civil conflict Peacebuilding Institutions
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A world of protest

That we are living in an era of popular protest is undeniable. A quick survey of headlines from around the world — or better yet, your social media feed — reveals countless uprisings unfolding in real time...

Social conflict Good governance Social movement
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Why do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?

One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...

Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
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Our project on the institutional legacies of violent conflict

One of the most critical challenges in international development today is to understand how best to support peace, security, economic recovery, and legitimate political authority in fragile and conflict-affected countries...

Institutions Conflict Post-conflict
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Supply or demand? Exploring the mechanisms behind the rise of female labour force participation in Mexico

At the global level, gender gaps in labour force participation have narrowed and over half a billion women have joined the workforce in the last 30 years...

Women's work Female labour force participation Economics
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Is sexual violence a driver of the early marriage of girls in India?
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Marriage at a younger age, generally before the legal age of marriage, is a pervasive practice in many parts of the world...

Child Marriage Women's empowerment Crime
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Infrastructure spend: insights from the effect of a bridge across the Zambezi on maize prices

Investments in infrastructure – such as roads – typically aim to reduce transport costs, stimulate trade, and make new production activities viable. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the need for such investments is...

Infrastructure Agriculture Mozambique
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Persistent gender roles in South Africa deprive women of leisure time
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In most countries, traditional gender roles within the household are still common due to the prevalence and persistence of patriarchal systems...

South Africa Women's empowerment Women's labour force participation
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Motherhood and the gender gap in Latin America

Gender gaps in labour supply, income, and wages are still large despite the remarkable convergence of roles of men and women in labour markets over the last century...

Gender Motherhood Women's work
Research Brief
Simplifying the tax filing of small businesses in Uganda: Does it make a difference? March 2021

How could countries in the Global South develop their tax systems further and improve compliance? This analysis shows how two tax administration interventions impacted the number of small business taxpayers and presumptive tax revenues in Uganda...

Tax compliance Small businesses Uganda
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What does COVID-19 mean for Africa?: Challenges, but also opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an exceptional social and economic crisis all over the world, with Africa among the hardest-hit regions. What are the most acute challenges facing the continent during and after the pandemic?...

COVID-19 Africa Africa's Economic Development
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Technology and supermarket chains can help strengthen southern Africa’s food systems

Agriculture and agro-processing value chains have been under pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been particularly marked where they remain underdeveloped, as is the case in South Africa and the rest of the region...

Technology Supermarkets South Africa
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Using tax data to inform economic policy in South Africa

Countries need data and evidence to create, amend, and evaluate policy. Indeed, one of the key mandates of policy makers in South Africa is to make evidence-based policy decisions which improve the policy landscape of the country...

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