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Enhancing Concessional Assistance for a Post-2015 Development Agenda
Concessional flows are sensitive to poverty and the Millennium Development Goals, but much remains to be done to focus these on national and international development priorities.
Citizen Empowerment in Service Delivery
This paper examines different approaches for promoting empowerment and discusses conditions required for effective empowerment. It focuses on grievance redress, participatory performance monitoring, and community-driven development.
Seeds of Hope: Assessing the Effect of Development Aid on the Reduction of Child Mortality
This paper studies whether the massive increase in development aid can account for part of the reduction in child mortality observed in developing countries since 2000.
Safety Nets and Food Programs in Asia: A Comparative Perspective
This study examines safety nets adopted in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines to deal with the 2008 food crisis, and finds ways to improve safety net design—and increase their chances of success for helping the poor.
How Expansion of Public Services Affects the Poor: Benefit Incidence Analysis for the Lao People's Democratic Republic
This paper tests whether the marginal benefits from expanding public education and health services in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic are more pro-poor than the average incidence suggests.
Operationalizing Experience: Donor Approaches to Service Delivery in Fragile States
This study explores the different approaches to service delivery in fragile states by surveying donors' own evaluations of their existing fragile states policies.
Inequality of Human Opportunities in Developing Asia
The study finds that opportunities to access basic education and infrastructure services vary widely in terms of availability and distribution in seven developing Asian countries.
Food Security and Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: Key Challenges and Policy Issues
Ensuring a secure supply of food is essential, given the world's (and especially Asia's) growing population, high and volatile food prices, increasingly scarce resources, and changing environment.
Papua New Guinea: Critical Development Constraints
This report identifies the critical constraints to Papua New Guinea's objectives and challenges. It discusses policy options to help overcome such constraints.
Diagnosing the Indonesian Economy: Toward Inclusive and Green Growth
This study analyzes the critical development constraints facing Indonesia, and proposes policy options to help overcome these constraints and set the country on a path of high and sustained inclusive economic growth in the medium term.