All Poverty Reduction Publications

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Privatising Basic Utilities in Africa: A Rejoinder

In this IPC Policy Research brief, John Nellis argues that th ease of improving the performance of state-owned firms has been overestimated, while the amount of investment capital required in African water and electricity sectors has been underestimated. more

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Privatising Basic Utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa: The MDG Impact

This policy research brief draws on the findings of a UNDP-supported book to analyse the effects of privatisation on the delivery of water and electricity. It concludes that privatisation has been a widespread failure. This has hampered progress on the Millennium Development Goals for both watermore

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Privatization and Renationalization: What went wrong in Bolivia's water sector?

NOTE: This paper is made available for sale on the following website: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X12001544 Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper investigates the impact of water service privatization in Bolivia. It compares the performance ofmore

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Pro-Poor Fiscal Policy in Cambodia

This publication reviews Cambodia's historical and current macroeconomic trends and policy directions. It illuminates a number of conclusions regarding aspects of Cambodia’s current macro-fiscal strategy and point out the implications for the macroeconomics of poverty reduction. more

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Pro-Poor Governance and the Policy Process: A Framework

 This framework serves as a tool for assessing the extent to which policy making processes are pro-poor and to help in diagnosing the necessary corrective actions for enhancing poverty sensitivity of policy processes. The framework is applied to experiences of participatory budgeting in Latinmore

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Programme Design Questions for Scaling up Development Innovations for Transformational Change

Scaling up development innovations to achieve transformational change is about enhancing development effectiveness. Various evaluations have suggested UNDP and other development partners to support scaling-up of successful pilot initiatives to achieve efficient, effective and sustainablemore

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Project Implementation Units (Human Development Viewpoint)

PIUs, though holding promise for efficient project management and operations, may over time exacerbate the very problems that made them necessary to begin with. If still employed, it must be ensured that they are compatible and integrated with the broader reform processes and have an explicit exitmore

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Public Administration Reform Practice Note

This is the UNDP Practice Note on Public Administration Reform. The first part provides the conceptual framework for PAR, sets out UNDP's mandate, and summarises the issues around PAR. The second part points to UNDP's comparative advantages and provides practical guidance and tools for PARmore

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Quality Public Service Delivery at the Local Level in the Western Balkans

This study analyses the trends and capacity development challenges of decentralized service delivery in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. more

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Quick Wins

Quick impact initiatives, or "Quick Wins,” are designed to bring vital gains in well-being to millions of people and start countries on the path to the Millennium Development Goals. more