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  • Rural Youth Employment in Africa: An Evidence Review 

    Yeboah, Thomas; Flynn, Justin (INCLUDE Knowledge Platform, 2021)
    Most of the world’s poor today are found in rural Africa, and forecasts suggest that this concentration might become more pronounced if current trends continue. Despite increasing urbanisation, there are projections that ...
  • The Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Colombia 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-26)
    Available data provide a picture for the macro-economy of Colombia, agriculture, and infrastructure. Recent data on trends on public procurement were difficult to find within the scope of this rapid review. In 2020, ...
  • Local Government Leadership for Sanitation and Hygiene in West Africa 

    Wone, Issa (The Sanitation Learning Hub, Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-28)
    This rapid desk-based study focused on local governments, given their increasing importance in ensuring improved access to Sanitation & Hygiene (S&H) in West Africa, and across the world. It was conducted to identify local ...
  • Potential Private Sector Involvement in Supporting Refugee Livelihoods and Self-reliance in Uganda: Annotated Bibliography 

    Strachan, Anna Louise (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-31)
    There is some evidence of the private sector playing a role in supporting refugee livelihoods and self-reliance in Uganda during the period 2016-2020. However, a number of evaluations and research reports highlight the ...
  • Tax Transparency for an Effective Tax System 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2021-01-08)
    This rapid review examines evidence on the transparency in the tax system and its benefits; e.g. rising revenue, strengthen citizen/state relationship, and rule of law. Improvements in tax transparency can help in strengthening ...

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