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44 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperCommunity organization and armed group behaviour: Evidence from Colombia
This paper investigates how armed groups affect the organization of local communities during armed conflict in Colombia...Armed conflict Institutions Colombia
SeminarBrian Levy and Alan Hirsch on the challenge of economic inclusion in South Africa
Journal ArticleThe political economy of the resource curse: A development perspective
This article reviews the recent literature on the developmental effects of resource abundance, assessing likely effects and channels with respect to key development outcomes...Resource abundance Inequality Institutions
Working PaperWhat are the drivers of tax capacity in sub-Saharan Africa?
There is limited research on the underlying institutional framework of tax policy and capacity: how tax collection efficiency changes over time and the importance of institutional factors in this process...Fiscal capacity General-to-specific Tax policy
Working PaperThe relative neglect of agriculture in Mozambique
This paper explores agricultural performance of Mozambique, its institutional weaknesses, and the underlying factors that underpin an unsatisfactory performance during many decades...Agriculture Environment Institutions
Working PaperGood institutions and tax revenue outcomes in resource-rich countries: When ‘good’ is not enough
Developing countries that experience commodity booms struggle to mobilize sustainable tax revenues...resource rent Tax revenue Institutions
Background NoteReview of sub-national institutional performance in Ghana
Introduction The literature on the concept, measurement, causes, and correlates of sub-national institutional governance is not new. From the seminal work of Putnam et al. (1993) to recent attempts by Iddawela et al...Decentralized governance Decentralization Governance
BlogThe paths and legacies of civil war
Civil wars leave enduring legacies for social networks , political identities , preferences , and attitudes ...Civil conflict Peacebuilding Institutions
BlogOur project on the institutional legacies of violent conflict
One of the most critical challenges in international development today is to understand how best to support peace, security, economic recovery, and legitimate political authority in fragile and conflict-affected countries...Institutions Conflict Post-conflict
BlogThe Nordic Model — lessons for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, like the Nordic countries, is a social democratic nation with a strong welfare state...Social protection Economic growth Labour market
SeminarRule of law and judicial independence in Mozambique
On 2 December 2020, Dr João Carlos Trindade, retired judicial magistrate and current chair of the governing board of the non-governmental organization Centro Terra Viva, will discuss his research on the rule of law and judicial independence in...
SeminarNatural resources, institutions, and economic transformation in Mozambique
On 25 November 2020, José Jaime Macuane and Carlos Muianga will discuss their research on the institutional dynamics of the resources sector in Mozambique.
SeminarThe education sector in Mozambique – from access to epistemic quality in primary education
On 18 November 2020, Mouzinho Mário, Professor at the University of Eduardo Mondlane, will discuss his research on access and epistemic quality of primary education in Mozambique.
SeminarDecentralization reforms in Mozambique – the role of institutions in the definition of results
On 11 November 2020, Salvador Forquilha, Director and Senior researcher at IESE, will discuss his research.
Working PaperNatural resources, institutions, and economic transformation in Mozambique
In the light of Mozambique’s natural resources boom—especially its large-scale investments in mining, oil, and gas—this paper analyses the prospects for the extractive industries to contribute to economic transformation from an inst...Economic transformation Extractive industries Institutions