Energy subsidies are bigger than aid in more than half of poor countries … but we spend very little trying to reduce them
BlogA letter from Maputo
It’s early July and I’m back in Maputo, Mozambique, looking over the calm sea at the boats that fish the waters for the seafood that makes visiting this part of Africa such a treat...WIDER Development Conference
BlogQuality of routine labor and delivery care in Uttar Pradesh, India: Are private facilities better?
In India, the percentage of women who delivered in a health facility increased from roughly 35% in 2000 to 79% in 2014 ...Quality of care SDG3 Health-care
BlogBuilding the learning agenda: Spotlight on the Global Learning Laboratory for Quality Universal Health Coverage
Improving the delivery of quality health services is messy! Vast amounts of knowledge and experience is being generated daily...Health Quality of care SDG3
BlogGHAMOD launch and training: A tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ghana
Better social protection coverage and greater benefits in developing countries would certainly be welcomed by many...Tax-benefit microsimulation GHAMOD SOUTHMOD
BlogTax, development and the SDGs: How we are supporting the data revolution
At the core of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals lies a commitment to enhance domestic revenue mobilization. Strengthening capacity to collect tax and other revenue is key for developing countries as they move forward...Tax Development data
BlogMeasuring outpatient safety at scale: infection prevention and control practices in Kenya
Primum non nocere — first, do no harm. This most basic tenet of medical care is routinely violated in clinics and hospitals around the world today ...Quality of care Health SDG3
BlogTaking steps to overcome inequality in South Africa
Engagement is needed at all levels to address ongoing inequality faced in South Africa. This was the primary aim of a recent policy seminar in Pretoria, organized through the framework of the Mandela Initiative and partners, including UNU-WIDER...Inequality development policy Structural transformation
BlogTax, spending, and poverty: An interview with Michael Keen
Michael Keen, Deputy Director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s WIDER Development Conference on Public Economics for Development ...
BlogLower exploration spending – another response to the end of the commodity price boom
My previous blog, which you can read here , commented on the manner in which mining companies had been able to respond to the recent decline in metals prices by significantly reducing their costs of production...Commodity boom Mining Extractives
BlogCost reductions as a response to the end of the commodity price boom
The recent publication of the 3rd edition of ICMM’s The Role of Mining in National Economies (hereafter RoMiNE3) provides us with the welcome biennial review of the global situation as it affects the large mining and metals industry...Commodity boom Mining Extractives
BlogHow are rural households in Viet Nam doing?
Viet Nam has seen major economic shifts which started in the 1980s and continue today. Many strides have been made as the country goes through structural transformation, not least a significant reduction in poverty...
The quality and availability of data has become an international priority highlighted by the call for a data revolution in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...Growth Structural transformation Rural development
Climate change is one of the most complex and urgent of global issues due to its potential impacts and the policies and measures needed to address those impacts...Climate change extractives industry Natural resources
Prior to the discovery of oil, Ghana was one of the stars of the ‘Africa rising’ story, with an established track record of macroeconomic stability and fiscal discipline...Oil Ghana extractives industry
BlogMicrosimulation models for developing countries: An interview with Jukka Pirttilä
The University of Tampere is participating in an international project in which a microsimulation model is being drafted for the evaluation of the price effects of taxation and the transfer of income in developing countries...Tax microsimulation Public finance
BlogOpening the vault: Data, research, and improved policymaking in South Africa
Policymakers often work in the dark, as they try to make real impact on people’s lives. If you don’t have good data, being worked on by good researchers, it can be hard to know whether efforts are truly making a difference...Tax data firms