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Aligning Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD) and Trade Policies to Improve Sustainable Development Impact

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23 May 2018

2018/02 – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); ECDPM & GDPRD discussion paper; Author(s): Paul Engel - Details

Development partners are making efforts to strengthen coherence between their Trade and Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD) policies and interventions. This is key to enhance synergies for sustainable development, or at the very least to avoid one policy undermining the developmental effects of the other. It requires enhanced dialogue and cooperation between trade and ARD communities. This exploratory study seeks to analyse the ongoing debate and cooperation between ARD and trade, and aid for trade departments.

Violence Against Women and Girls and Resilience

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24 Apr 2018

2018/01 – Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Author(s): Virginie Le Masson et al. - Details

This report examines examples of initiatives developed by state and non-governmental programmes in Chad to build resilience and fight against the processes that maintain exclusion and vulnerability. Recommendations for development practitioners to advocate for the elimination of all violence and discrimination are extended in a policy brief.

La guerre en Centrafrique à l’ombre du Tchad. Une escalade conflictuelle régionale ?

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24 Apr 2018

2018/03 – Agence Française de Développement (AFD); Études de l'AFD n° 17; Author(s): Emmanuel Chauvin - Details

Cette étude, réalisée par Emmanuel Chauvin pour l’Observatoire Pharos à la demande de l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD), éclaire la double dimension régionale d’une guerre civile : sa régionalisation militaire et son impact sur l’évolution des flux économiques, politiques et culturels, transfrontaliers entre le théâtre de ce conflit et les pays limitrophes.

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Perspectives on International Taxation and Capital Flight From Africa

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14 Feb 2018

2017/11 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); research paper; Author(s): Odd-Helge Fjeldsta, et al. - Details

Several African countries are among the fastest growing economies in the world. However, capital flows to tax havens are one factor limiting the benefits of economic growth for ordinary Africans. It is estimated that African countries, relative to the size of their economies, lose more in corporate tax evasion than countries anywhere else in the world. Until recently, there has been little firm evidence on how the use of tax havens affects tax compliance, how it influences lobbying activities towards the domestic tax system, and how tax havens shape state-citizen relations. In this book, leading international scholars and experts explore the problem, the actors, the effects and policy measures that can address the challenges.

Frugal Innovation and Development Research

18 Jan 2018

European Journal of Development Research, Volume 30, Issue 1, January 2018

edited by André Leliveld, Peter Knorringa. Introduction

Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate

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10 Oct 2017

2017/08 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; IDS Bulletin; Author(s): Siri Eriksen et al. - Details

This IDS Bulletin is a call for increasing engagement between humanitarian aid and adaptation interventions to support deliberate transformation of development pathways. Based on studies from the ‘Courting Catastrophe’ project, contributors argue that humanitarian interventions offer opportunities for a common agenda to drive transformational adaptation. Changes in political and financial frameworks are needed to facilitate longer-term actions where demands move from delivering expert advice and solutions to vulnerable populations to taking up multiple vulnerability knowledges and making space for contestation of current development thinking.

Supporting Governance for Climate Resilience: Working With Political Institutions

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10 Oct 2017

2017/08 – Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Working and Discussion Papers; Author(s): Arabella Fraser, Amy Kirbyshire - Detials

Political institutions, formal or informal, embody the underlying rules and norms within which organisations such as governments, NGOs or companies, operate (North, 1990) and play a defining role in how people and organisations respond to climate-related shocks and stresses. Democratic relations between national and local government, for example, influence capacities for quick response in an emergency, and these responses can in turn affect economic prosperity, competitiveness, livelihoods and well-being. Governance provides us with a broad term for understanding the institutions working across the state, market and civil society. This working paper identifies an agenda for research and practice to create governance that can support human resilience to multiple shocks and stresses.

One Is Not Enough! An Economic History Perspective on World Trade Collapses and Deglobalization

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08 Aug 2017

2017/03 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); Working Paper Series / General Series Vol.628; Author(s): Peter van Bergeijk - Details

This paper provides a comparative economic history perspective on two significant periods of deglobalization: the Great Depression in the 1930s and the period following the Financial Crisis of 2008/9. The paper discusses differences and similarities and provides empirical results regarding the correlates of deglobalization, including the political system (institutions), level of development (GDP per capita) and the share of manufacturing.

The Developmental State in the 21st Century: Calling for a New Social Contract

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08 Aug 2017

2017/02 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Discussion Paper 5/2017; Author(s): Giulio Regeni, Georgeta Vidican Auktor - Details

In this Discussion Paper we join a growing number of scholars to argue that changing global conditions call for a revital is ation of the debate on the role of the state in social and economic transformation in the 21st century. We focus on three main global challenges for economic development in the 21st century: climate change and environmental degradation; increased digital is ation (the increasingly ‘bit-driven’ economy); and changed policy space for individual states as a result of globalisation.

Who Are the Global Top 1%?

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08 Aug 2017

2017/01 – King’s International Development Institute (IDI); IDI Working Paper 2017-01; Author(s): Sudhir Anand and Paul Segal - Details

This paper presents the first in-depth analysis of the changing composition of the global income rich and the rising representation of developing countries at the top of the global distribution. We construct global distributions of income between 1988 and 2012 based on both household surveys and the new top incomes data derived from tax records, which better capture the rich who are typically excluded from household surveys.

Innovative Methods for Research on Social and Political Action in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

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20 Jun 2017

2017/06 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; IDS Working Paper 487; Author(s): Khan Mohmand, S, Justino, P, et al. - Details

Fragile and conflict-affected settings present particular challenges for researchers seeking to study the effect of social and political action (SPA). These challenges are not simply due to prevalent violence and conflict, but contexts of insecurity can restrict the flow of information, key actors can be hard to identify, and if information can be found, vital pieces of the picture may be missing. This paper seeks to explore what particular combinations of empirical methods are best suited for research into three distinct aspects of SPA: the context in which it occurs, its type and nature, and the identification of pathways through which SPA can lead to empowerment and accountability.

Inclusive Urbanisation and Cities in the Twenty-First Century

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11 May 2017

Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; IDS Evidence Report; Author(s): Kasper, E, McGranahan, G, et al. – Details for "Inclusive Urbanisation and Cities in the Twenty-First Century"

In academic and policy discourse, urbanisation and cities are currently receiving a great deal of attention, and rightly so. Both have been central to the enormous transformation the world has been going through during the past few centuries.

Taxing the Urban Boom: Property Taxation in Africa

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11 May 2017

2017/03 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); CMI Insight no. 1; Author(s): Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Merima Ali and Tom Goodfellow Details

In this Insight we examine political and administrative constraints facing the development of effective property tax systems. Based on experiences from across the African continent, we argue that the major obstacles to improved property rates is not valuation, but poor administration and political resistance to reform. We suggest ways ahead.

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