Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Extending Pension Coverage to the Informal Sector in Africa

[World Bank report focused on Africa but their analysis is highly relevant to many Asian countries] The coverage of pension systems in the Africa region is limited to the small … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 September 2019 · Leave a comment

Daily practices of informality amidst urban poverty

The contribution of this report is the empirical support to an argument that South Africa is struggling to address problems of poverty and inequality because many of the processes that … Continue reading

Monday, 7 January 2019 · Leave a comment

A poor means test?

Proxy-means tests (PMTs) are popular for poverty-targeting with imperfect information. In a widely-used version, a regression for log consumption calibrates a PMT score based on covariates, which is then implemented … Continue reading

Sunday, 27 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Free Healthcare in One of the Poorest Nations

After assuming office in 2007, Ernest Bai Koroma faced a country in distress. Just five years prior Sierra Leone had concluded a fierce 11-year civil war leaving the nation in … Continue reading

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 · Leave a comment

Dynamic Cities? The Role of Urban Local Governments in Improving Urban Service Delivery

Cities are engines of economic growth that provide spaces for social transformation and political inclusion. Their ability to deliver widely accessible and efficiently functioning public services drives productivity and sustains … Continue reading

Friday, 28 October 2016 · Leave a comment

Child poverty, inequality and demography

In a rapidly ageing world, sub-Saharan Africa stands out for its youth. Harnessing the potential of the region’s children and adolescents through expanded opportunities for health and education, could unlock … Continue reading

Thursday, 25 August 2016 · Leave a comment

Colonial Legacies and Social Welfare Regimes in Africa: An Empirical Exercise

This paper identifies three types of welfare regimes in Africa, based on the insight that tax and expenditure regimes are closely associated. Using cluster analysis, the author highlights historical legacies … Continue reading

Thursday, 2 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Social Protection in Africa: Inventory of Non-Contributory Programmes

The number of social protection programmes is expanding globally, and there is growing interest in knowledge exchange among countries in the global South. This inventory aims to contribute in this … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Plastic and the city

The burden of single-use plastic bags on urban infrastructure has been a focus of the environmentalist movements and urbanist thought in the 21st century. Single-use plastic bags, however, are not … Continue reading

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 · Leave a comment