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Making politics work to meet the SDGs

  Is politics an obstacle or a means to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals? At a recent IFPRI event, “Making Politics Work to Meet the SDGs,”  Senior World Bank Economist Stuti Khemani argued that politics may be flawed, but paying…

Promoting strategic agricultural public spending in Nigeria

In 2015, the World Bank awarded a $100 million grant to Nigeria for the implementation of a public expenditure action plan to reform the country’s agricultural sector. The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Finance drew heavily from IFPRI’s research during…

IFPRI-World Bank Gender and Governance Book

Agricultural development and poverty reduction depend on the effective delivery of public services to farmers and the rural poor. However, the efficient and regular delivery of public services to the poor in rural areas is hindered by far-reaching…

Can Local Government Work for the Poor?

In 1994, when Jean-Paul Faguet, then working at the World Bank, heard about Bolivia’s plan to empower local communities, he was skeptical. Although the plan was called Law of Popular Participation, it was designed by a small group at the central…

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