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  1. Library Resource
    May, 2014

    Tanzania is largely an agriculture-based
    economy. This sector accounts for over three-quarters of
    national employment, and approximately 25 percent of gross
    domestic product (GDP). The national agricultural input
    voucher scheme (NAIVS) is a market smart input subsidy
    program designed in response to the sharp rise in global
    grain and fertilizer prices in 2007 and 2008. The main aim
    of the program is to raise maize and rice production, and

  2. Library Resource
    December, 2014

    This paper studies the credit market
    implications and real effects of one the largest borrower
    bailout programs in history, enacted by the government of
    India against the backdrop of the 2008-2009 financial
    crisis. The study finds that the stimulus program had no
    effect on productivity, wages, or consumption, but led to
    significant changes in credit allocation and an increase in
    defaults. Post-program loan performance declines faster in

  3. Library Resource
    February, 2014

    Fragile and conflict-affected states (FCS) have become an important focus of World Bank Group assistance in recent years as recognition of the linkages between fragility, conflict, violence, and poverty has grown. Addressing issues of recurring conflict and political violence and helping build legitimate and accountable state institutions are central to the Bank Group's poverty reduction mission. This evaluation assesses the relevance and effectiveness of World Bank Group country strategies and assistance programs to FCS.

  4. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    April, 2014

    Agriculture and fisheries are the main pillars of Mozambique's economy, having contributed in the last few years to more than 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and around 7 to 11 percentage points of the rate of economic growth. Agricultural development in Mozambique has been part of the government agenda because it is crucial to reducing poverty within rural zones.

  5. Library Resource
    April, 2014

    The accumulation of decent housing
    matters both because of the difference it makes to living
    standards and because of its centrality to economic
    development. The consequences for living standards are
    far-reaching. In addition to directly conferring utility,
    decent housing improves health and enables children to do
    homework. It frees up women's time and enables them to
    participate in the labor market. More subtly, a home and its

  6. Library Resource
    August, 2014
    Sierra Leone

    This First Phase Report on Sierra Leone
    growth poles is the result of a 9 months consultative
    process led by the Office of the President which
    specifically requested that the output of this diagnostic be
    in an engaging format. The fundamental concept of growth
    poles is that they exploit agglomeration economies and
    spillover effects to spread resulting prosperity from the
    core of the pole to the periphery. At the basis of this

  7. Library Resource
    The Asian Coalition for Community Action's Approach to Slum Upgrading cover image
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    September, 2014

    This paper is a review of the experience of the Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA) Program operated by the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR).

  8. Library Resource
    December, 2014

    Women in post-conflict economies face a
    number of challenges. Often their businesses stay at
    embryonic stages only, due to three key limitations relating
    to: knowledge of business vision and management; access to
    finance and markets; and access to role models and networks.
    Added to the complexity is the risk of having to start all
    over again due to their countriesapos; political instability
    and the limited infrastructure to make their businesses

  9. Library Resource
    October, 2013

    Pakistan's rebound from the global
    financial crisis has been slow and fragile, and unless the
    economy changes course swiftly, it could face its second
    balance of payments crisis in five years. Its recovery from
    the 2008-09 global financial crisis has been the weakest in
    South Asia, with a double dip pattern. This report
    identifies conditions for a sustainable job-enhancing growth
    agenda for Pakistan. Policy must target both goals as they

  10. Library Resource
    February, 2014

    This paper contributes to the
    long-standing debate on the merits of decentralized
    beneficiary targeting in the administration of development
    programs, focusing on the large-scale Malawi Farm Input
    Subsidy Program. Nationally-representative household survey
    data are used to systematically analyze the decentralized
    targeting performance of the program during the 2009-2010
    agricultural season. The analysis begins with a standard

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