Better tax systems crucial for development | ADDIS TAX INITIATIVE starts

Mobilising the revenues needed to further development and improve people’s lives will depend on broader tax bases, stronger tax institutions, and redoubled efforts to stem both cross-border and domestic tax evasion and avoidance. In many countries billions of dollars are lost every year to narrow tax bases, weak administrative capacity,


Human Development Report 2014 on vulnerability and resilience warns: 2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor

Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report. Entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, the Report provides a fresh perspective on

Evaluating Social Accountability Pilot Interventions in the Palestinian territories

Karsten Weitzenegger (AGEG Consultants eG) is currently evaluating Social Accountability Pilot Interventions in the Palestinian territories together with his colleague Dr. Nahed R. Eid (Effects for Consultations & Development) in Gaza. The evaluation is part of the Local Governance and Civil Society Development Programme (LGP 3), which is financed by

Evaluation of non-governmental development organizations | UNU-WIDER WP/2014/026

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are now widely used in development economics. However, their use is often resisted by non-governmental development organizations. The objections they raise differ between the three types of activities of such non-governmental organizations (NGOs): capacity building, advocacy, and service delivery. This paper discusses the objections and alternatives

12 recommendations on government reform | Development that Works

12 recommendations on government reform | Development that Works. This Inter-American Development Bank paper proposes three principles and twelve recommendations: The three principles are: Government capabilities are the outcome over time of endogenous choices by key political actors, as part of a country’s own political equilibrium. Neither institutions, nor governmental

What can experiments tell us about how to improve governance? UNU WIDER Paper

In recent years, randomized controlled trials have become increasingly popular in the social sciences. In development economics in particular, their use has attracted considerable debate in relation to the identification of ‘what works’ in development policy. This paper focuses on a core topic in development policy: governance. It aims to

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