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Rather than corruption being seen as something inherently negative, it should be understood as a practice embedded in the everyday elements of a society, according to a study on everyday corruption in Africa.
Seniors receive a state pension at the age of 70 in Lesotho, Southern Africa. But in a country with an average life expectancy of 44, is this a social protection scheme worth applauding? Yes, says Giorgia Giovannetti, Scientific Director of the 2010/2011 European Report on Development.
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Isolina Boto
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30 August 2012

An online knowledge platform aimed at exchanging experience and best practices on key priority themes for small island economies

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The government of Morocco is engaged in an ambitious programme of public sector reform. Some eight years into the programme, experience shows that such reform is time consuming and requires cross-ministerial support and robust regulation to be successful, writes Pierre Hennebert, E4 EuropeAid in a new report.
In Senegal, the Forum Civil has established a citizen-led "good governance" label that rewards local authorities for giving citizens value for money. This innovative approach could prove to be decisive to decentralised Senegalese local authorities by assisting them to become more effective service providers.
 When you think about development challenges, a lack of trained accountants might not immediately come to mind. Yet poor public sector financial management is often at the root of patchy service delivery in other sectors, from health and education to transport. South Africa recognised this underlying issue, and with EU support embarked on a capacity development programme.
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30 November 2010

A group to discuss and support the pragmatic and gradual introduction of a "political economy" approach in EC Development Cooperation.

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Jorge Rodriguez Bilbao uploaded a new Document 19 July 2011

Decentralisation reforms have rarely bred empowered democratic local authorities. Discretion and accountability relationships depend on the political economy of each country, and historical/colonial legacies.

Jorge Rodriguez Bilbao uploaded a new Document 27 July 2011

This paper from the United Nations Capital Development Fund provides an overview of lessons learned from the design and implementation of performance-based grant systems (PBGSs) for local governments in 15 developing countries.  This paper is particularly valuable for central and local government

Jorge Rodriguez Bilbao uploaded a new Document 19 July 2011

This volume presents a preliminary framework designed to help international development partners consider the relevance of political economy issues for their programmatic support to decentralization and local government reform.

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