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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
Is Anyone Listening? Does US Foreign Assistance Target People’s Top Priorities? - Working Paper 348
December 02, 2013
The United States government has made repeated declarations over the last decade to align its assistance programs behind developing countries’ priorities. By utilizing public attitude surveys for 42 African and Latin American countries, this paper examines how well the US has implemented this ...
Foreign Aid and Counterinsurgency Policy: Lessons from Land Reform - Working Paper 349
November 19, 2013
Can Results-Based Payments Reduce Corruption? - Working Paper 345
September 25, 2013
A common objection to results-based programs is that they are somehow more vulnerable to corruption. This paper explains why results-based approaches to foreign aid may be less vulnerable to corruption than traditional approaches which track inputs and activities. The paper highlights corruption cos...
The New Transparency in Development Economics: Lessons from the Millennium Villages Controversy - Working Paper 342
September 09, 2013
In this paper, Michael Clemens and Gabriel Demombynes discuss how a new transparency is changing the debate about what works.
Context Matters for Size: Why External Validity Claims and Development Practice Don't Mix - Working Paper 336
August 07, 2013
In this paper we examine how policymakers and practitioners should interpret the impact evaluation literature when presented with conflicting experimental and non-experimental estimates of the same intervention across varying contexts. We show three things. First, as is well known, non-experimental ...
The Future of Global Poverty in a Multi-Speed World: New Estimates of Scale and Location, 2010–2030 - Working Paper 327
June 04, 2013
In this working paper, Peter Edward and Andy Sumner introduce new model of growth, inequality, and poverty that comparison of a wide range of input assumptions. They find that it is plausible that $1.25 and $2 global poverty will reduce substantially by 2030 and the former – $1.25 poverty – could be...
It’s All About MeE: Using Structured Experiential Learning (“e”) to Crawl the Design Space - Working Paper 322
April 08, 2013
Here we extend the basic idea of rigorous impact evaluation—the use of a valid counterfactual to make judgments about causality—to emphasize that the techniques of impact evaluation can be directly useful to implementing organizations (as opposed to impact evaluation being seen by implementing organ...