Brokerage, Development and the ‘New Bihar’: Reflections from the field

By Shahid Perwez

‘Development’ in Bihar is a new phenomenon. Since 2005, it has had the fastest economic growth rate in India and is applauded for a dramatic turnaround of its poor governance. In November 2005, Nitish Kumar took over as Chief Minister promising to leave no stone unturned in making ‘good governance’ a reality. The state he took over was marred by a sluggish economy, severe malnutrition and an unusually high maternal and infant mortality rate, inaccessible hospitals due to lack of functional roads, massive unemployment leading to outmigration of youths, and unusually high crime rate Continue reading

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Key learning points from the results measurement for sustainable private sector Development and the DCED global results seminar 2014

By Anne-Marie O’Riordan

How can we capture and understand the true extent of impact that aid channelled through challenge funds can have on poverty reduction? This question lies at the heart of my current job as a University of Bath ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate‘ working with the firm Triple Line Consulting on the management and evaluation of challenge funds as a way of supporting business-led innovation, job creation and poverty reduction. Last month I attended two events in Bangkok Continue reading

Great Expectations: Aspiration, Uncertainty, and Schooling in Rural Rwanda

By Timothy Williams

The capacity to aspire

The capacity to aspire

Since the 1994 genocide, recovery and redevelopment efforts in Rwanda have concentrated on establishing a new economic trajectory — one that places emphasis on macroeconomic stability, wealth creation, and transformation to a formally educated, knowledge-based economy. Central to this approach have been efforts to expand access to basic levels of schooling for young people. Continue reading