Tag: role of the state

The World Bank’s flagship report this year is on the future of work – here’s what the draft says

The World Bank’s 2019 World Development Report will be on ‘The Changing Nature of Work’ and It’s worth reading because, even though this kind of annual flagship format feels a bit dated, WDRs are always a treasure trove of references and ideas, while what they miss out adds important insights into mainstream thinking in the […]

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Will Bill Gates’ chickens end African poverty?

  Joseph Hanlon and Teresa Smart are unimpressed by a new initiative, but disappointingly avoid all the potential excruciating puns Bill Gates announced on 7 June that he is giving 100,000 chickens to the poor because chickens are “easy to take care of” and a woman with just five hens in Africa can make $1000 […]

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Is Decentralization Good for Development?

My LSE colleague Jean-Paul Faguet has got a book out on decentralization. Here’s where he’s got to on the narrative, following multiple launch events I’ve just published a book by this name, and have spent a fair part of the last few months lecturing on it in various countries. Many people have asked me “So […]

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Education wonkwar: the final salvo. Kevin Watkins responds to Justin Sandefur on public v private (and the reader poll is still open)

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Private schools or public? Justin Sandefur responds to Kevin Watkins (and this time you can vote)

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How should our influencing strategy vary with the kind of state we're working in?

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How can aid agencies promote local governance and accountability? Lessons from five countries.

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Agricultural policy, poverty and the role of the state: the OECD responds

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Is this the UN's most powerful critique to date of finance-driven globalization?

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Ha-Joon Chang uncovers what's worked in the history of agricultural policy

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