Liberia has provoked serious outrage from some quarters with its decision to enter into an agreement with private providers to run its primary schools. An official release on Liberia’s Ministry of Education website sets out the problem, saying that “42 percent of primary age children remain out of school. And most of those who are … Continue reading Are we being too quick to judge Liberia’s ‘partnership schools’ pilot?
A question we frequently encounter - for reasons of access, cost and reliability of data. Interesting findings therefore, in this paper studying micro-enterprises in the township of Soweto, South Africa: We randomly assign micro-enterprises to three groups, who receive are interviewed face-to-face at monthly intervals (mimicking a standard method of collecting data from micro-enterprises), face-to-face at … Continue reading Do phone surveys work?
Late last year, Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, announced a measure to tackle the severe air pollution crisis in the city. The proposal was to implement an odd-even plan for private cars on Delhi roads: cars with odd numbered registration plates would be allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even numbered registration … Continue reading Recap: Delhi’s #OddEven plan, in hindsight
From Duncan's blog covering the paper ‘Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme’, by Andrea Cornwall While it is always interesting to hear about interesting approaches to data collection and analysis - and a lot of this feeds into thoughts/reactions I had while attending (by complete happenstance) the … Continue reading Doing research? Spend more time with programme staff…
In this column for livemint, I disagree that in our sanitation policy, all we need to worry is about behaviour change communication. If we dont get our infrastructure right, little else is going to make sense. Many other poorer countries may have succeeded with little funds and pit-latrines, but the same has not worked for India … Continue reading How Bharat squats
This is a joint post with Heather and the sixth and last post in the series on decisionmaking, continuing from the last one *** A recent episode reminded us of why we began this series of posts, of which is this is the last. We recently saw our guiding scenario for this series play out: … Continue reading Enforcing accountability in decision-making
H/T to Chris Blattman, who links to this paper by Aronow, Carnegie and Marinov. Starting with a clever way to tackle the problem of endogenous aid (giving and taking) decisions, relying on the rotational system of determining EU presidency -We identify a process that drives aid allocation and is exogenous to the rights and governance in … Continue reading Did the EU deserve its Nobel?