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Energy subsidies are bigger than aid in more than half of poor countries … but we spend very little trying to reduce them

by Neil McCulloch
Photo: Peter Mello
Which of the following do you think is the most important need in developing countries?  Free health services for all to reduce child and maternal mortality Universal and decent quality education to provide children with the skills for productive jobs Cheap petrol and electricity Unless you are Scrooge, you are more likely to have chosen one of the first two on this list. Yet my new WIDER Working Paper shows that many developing countries spend far more on the third...

What role for East African hydrocarbons in the global economy post-Paris COP21?

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Over the past decade significant hydrocarbon discoveries have been made across East Africa. Unsurprisingly, the respective governments countries have been excited about these discoveries, expecting revenue and local economic opportunities to follow suit. However, concerns about the macroeconomic, political, social and environmental risks associated with developing these resources have also been raised. Countries have been advised to avoid common pitfalls and seek guidance on how best to...

Domestic revenue mobilization and the role of data

Government revenues are central to funding public expenditures in all countries. Increasingly, developing countries must look to raise domestic revenue through taxes as they have very large spending needs on human development, education, health, and job creation. All of these are expensive, and aid and private finance alone simply cannot do the job. Furthermore, in order to meet the financing needs of the Sustainable Development Goals countries cannot just rely on external finance. This...

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Has the quality of Mozambique’s education been sacrificed at the altar of access?
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Mozambique, in common with many other developing countries, has achieved impressive increases in access to education. Since 2000, the number of children attending primary school has more than doubled, as have the number of schools...

Education education quality access to education
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What role for East African hydrocarbons in the global economy post-Paris COP21?

Over the past decade significant hydrocarbon discoveries have been made across East Africa...

Natural resources extractives industry Governance
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Africa's Lions: Three challenges limiting the potential for inclusive growth October 2017

Historically, the African continent has been largely dismissed as a case of regional economic delinquency, with the levels of growth necessary to reduce poverty and inequality deemed to be consistently unattainable...

Growth Employment infrastructure
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Energy subsidies are bigger than aid in more than half of poor countries … but we spend very little trying to reduce them
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Which of the following do you think is the most important need in developing countries?...

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Domestic revenue mobilization and the role of data

Government revenues are central to funding public expenditures in all countries...

Tax Development
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Updated Government Revenue Dataset provides new insights into developing country tax collection trends

The increasing focus on domestic resource mobilization in developing countries means that, for researchers and policy makers, access to accurate and timely data is more important than ever...

Tax Development
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Too late, too little? The IMF and international tax flight

When key decision makers of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gather in Washington DC for the IMF’s annual meeting in October, one thing that would merit more attention is the mismatch between the IMF’s recent alignments against inter...

Internation Monetary Fund OECD tax avoidance
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How to build a data revolution: First steps

This year UNU-WIDER is launching several video series to highlight the wide span of policy-relevant work undertaken by the Institute and its worldwide network...

Data revolution SDGs
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Mini-documentary: Viet Nam’s data revolution is well on its way

The international community rarely calls for a revolution. In this case, it has. A data revolution, says UNU-WIDER Director Finn Tarp. Viet Nam has seen large changes to its economy since the advent of doi moi , the new beginning, in the 1980s...

Structural transformation Sustainable development SDG
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A letter from Maputo

It’s early July and I’m back in Maputo, Mozambique, looking over the calm sea at the boats that fish the waters for the seafood that makes visiting this part of Africa such a treat...

WIDER Development Conference
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Quality of routine labor and delivery care in Uttar Pradesh, India: Are private facilities better?
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In India, the percentage of women who delivered in a health facility increased from roughly 35% in 2000 to 79% in 2014 ...

Quality of care SDG3 Health-care
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Building the learning agenda: Spotlight on the Global Learning Laboratory for Quality Universal Health Coverage
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Improving the delivery of quality health services is messy! Vast amounts of knowledge and experience is being generated daily...

Health Quality of care SDG3
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GHAMOD launch and training: A tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ghana

Better social protection coverage and greater benefits in developing countries would certainly be welcomed by many...

Tax-benefit microsimulation GHAMOD SOUTHMOD
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Tax, development and the SDGs: How we are supporting the data revolution

At the core of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals lies a commitment to enhance domestic revenue mobilization. Strengthening capacity to collect tax and other revenue is key for developing countries as they move forward...

Tax Development data
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Measuring outpatient safety at scale: infection prevention and control practices in Kenya

Primum non nocere — first, do no harm. This most basic tenet of medical care is routinely violated in clinics and hospitals around the world today ...

Quality of care Health SDG3
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Taking steps to overcome inequality in South Africa

Engagement is needed at all levels to address ongoing inequality faced in South Africa. This was the primary aim of a recent policy seminar in Pretoria, organized through the framework of the Mandela Initiative and partners, including UNU-WIDER...

Inequality development policy Structural transformation
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