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Benchmarking cop 21 – what could be the fiscal impact of fair carbon shares?

October 2016|admin|

The next big international meeting on climate change – COP 21 – is underway in Paris. Negotiations are complex and countries’ emissions targets – found in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) – are not always comparable. Might there be simple benchmarks against which costs and required financing can be compared? One such estimate and [...]

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Podcast: helder da costa from the g7+ talks on post-2015 & the new deal

October 2016|admin|

Helder Da Costa, General Secretary of the g7+ group of fragile states, is about to head to Mexico to represent the group at the First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership. Ryan Flynn caught up with Helder in London to discuss what the g7+ would like to see come out of the meeting, progress implementing [...]

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Reforming public finances in nepal

October 2016|admin|

Complicated and fast-changing politics. Political parties distributed across the left–right spectrum; ethnic and regional interests; fault lines old and new, all changing regularly. The development challenges are great, but there are also some important successes towards the MDGs in some areas, notably maternal health. Read more (on ODI website)

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FEEDBACK ON DEVELOPMENT II

October 2016|admin|

A few months ago we wrote a blog post on feedback in development. Dennis Whittle at the Center for Global Development has written a similar article How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance). We agree strongly with this approach and join his call for ‘a faster and more steady stream of information from [...]

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What if government reformers had the space to challenge advice?

October 2016|admin|

This year’s CAPE conference at ODI looked at ‘Budgeting in the real world’, the reality of which was vividly portrayed by former Finance Ministers Dr. Antoinette Sayeh of Liberia and Mme. Luisa Diogo of Mozambique. Both insisted that reform should be internally driven, externally supported. But some participants worried that what appeared during the conference to be an emerging [...]

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Christmas smorgasbord: collective action failures, aardvark attacks and why pdia may be good old practice but a poor new fit.

October 2016|admin|

 If, like me, your mind is now turning more to Christmas parties, you may want to just jump to the end of this piece and watch the 30 second video clip. This will give you a profound new insight into the importance of overcoming collective action failures.  And you may also want to forward it [...]

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Public finance reforms: politics matters, but so does government capability (part 2)

October 2016|admin|

Carlos Scartascini is a Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This post draws extensively on joint work with Mariano Tommasi. The opinions expressed in the note are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDB, its Board of Directors, or the countries they [...]

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Public finance reforms: politics matters, but so does government capability (part 1)

October 2016|admin|

Carlos Scartascini is a Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This post draws extensively on joint work with Mariano Tommasi. The opinions expressed in the note are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDB, its Board of Directors, or the countries they [...]

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What is the role for conditionality in a complex, political world?

October 2016|admin|

It must be a tough time for donors. From every side new research is showing that the development world is more complex and more political than their standard approaches can cope with. The rise of Political Economy Analysis points to the need to think and work politically, and to ensure that foreign aid does not [...]

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Political science welcomes william easterly

May 2014|admin|

William Easterly’s “Tyranny of Experts” is an important and enjoyable book. Easterly aims to provoke a debate about the role of rights and freedom in development, and that he does. Not everyone will be sold on his argument, but this is a conversation worth having. At the heart of the book is the contention that [...]

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