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Following the global commodities boom, investment has poured into large-scale extractive, green energy and other resource development projects around the world. Many of these are in the rural margins – places geographically but also politically distant from the centres of economic power.In many places, tensions, struggles and conflicts have arisen around land ‘grabs’, compensation mechanisms, contracts and work opportunities, as well as environmental damage and social changes associated with large-scale resource developments.
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Democratising economic power: The potential for meaningful participation in economic governance and decision-makingJ. Thorpe, J. Gaventa / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020Participation is the act of people engaging in decisions that impact their lives. It has been widely promoted in social, political and civic spheres. However, the question of participation in economic governance is underdeveloped.DocumentVoluntary Service Overseas, 2002Report suggesting that many British people have formed negative and inaccurate images of developing countries and that for too long, development agencies and the media have been complicit in promoting an unbalanced picture of third world doom and disaster, sacrificing the long-term building of an accurate view for the short-term gain of raising funds for or awareness of their work.Document
Nigeria’s low tax collection and poor quality of government expenditure: political and administrative impediments to improvementF.O. Egwaikhide / Center for Global Development, USA, 2019This study examines the political and administrative barriers to domestic resource mobilization in Nigeria, whose tax ratios are significantly lower than those of neighboring countries. In 2000–2002 and 2014–2017, respectively, the ratio of domestic tax to gross domestic product averaged 5.8 percent and 3.9 percent annually, and value-added tax ratios were 1.0 percent and 0.8 percent.DocumentV. Benson, L.M. Martínez Quintero / Impact Initiative, 2020In the global South, the informal economy provides over 50 per cent of urban employment. In Cali, Colombia, the absence of government intervention and financial programmes means that illegal moneylenders are used by workers in the informal economy to keep themselves afloat. Consequently, workers such as street vendors remain beholden to extortionate interest rates.DocumentJ. Cariolle / Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international / Foundation for International Development Study and Research, 2020During the last decades, international connectivity has improved significantly with the worldwide deployment of some 400 fiber submarine cables (SMCs), transmitting more than 99% of international telecommunications.DocumentC. Gradín, F. Tarp / United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, 2020Mozambique has experienced economic growth that substantially reduced the initially huge poverty levels but which is starting to take a toll in terms of inequality. This increasing inequality goes in line with the increasing dualization of this natural resource-rich economy Women are lagging behind in the growing non-subsistence sector of the economy.
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5 March 2020This International Women’s Day global institutions and governments are marking the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action – a defining framework for change to address gender inequalities and women’s rights.
2 March 2020In development, initiatives are often implemented with the underlying question of how it can be adapted and replicated. The pilot’s (un)successful factors are precious lessons to feed into new iterations, inspiring a recipe for others to follow. But even if the recipe emphasises the importance of local context, new initiatives can produce quite distinct results.
13 February 2020Fiscal indiscipline, particularly in election years, has been a recurring annoyance in Ghana. The country unfortunately failed to recover from the wastefulness of the 2012 election year, making a 16th bailout from the IMF inevitable in 2015.
11th February 2020
There is increasing pressure on all of us to make better use of evidence in decision-making whether we work in research, government or NGOs.
8th January 2020
In November 2020, IDS, and over 2,000 fellow members and partners from over 140 countries will meet in Dubai for the biennial Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (#HSR2020), co-sponsored by
17th December 2019
After nearly a decade, the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (MOOP) is drawing to a close, having conducted research in more than ten countries in an effort to uncover how and why migration plays such a significant role in poverty reduction in some contexts, but not in others.
24th October 2019
For over 20 years, Eldis has provided free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on global development issues.
7th August 2019
Following renewed funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and DFID, the African Property Tax Initiative (APTI) is pleased to announce a second call for proposals for research projects on property taxation that are of a high academic standard and relevant to policy and practice.