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Taxation, livelihoods, governance: evidence from Nepal
Richard Mallett, Gopikesh Acharya, Georgina Sturge
Tax more, but also tax better: that is the central message of this report on taxation in Nepal, where formal taxes appear to be at an all-time low. 29/01/2016
Teenage Pregnancy after Ebola in Sierra Leone: Mapping responses, gaps and ongoing challenges
Lisa Denney, Rachel Gordon and Aisha Ibrahim
As Sierra Leone’s National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy lapses at the end of 2015 and development of a new Strategy gets underway, this paper scopes the extent of the problem, outlines common intervention types and highlights some of the gaps and questions raised by current programming responses. 22/12/2015
"90% real" - The rise and fall of a rentier economy: Stories from Kandahar, Afghanistan
Giulia Minoia and Adam Pain
In the boom years, being a street vendor in Kandahar provided a significantly better living for migrants from rural districts. But now times are harder, insecurity is greater and there has been a general economic downturn, plus increased regulation further threatens economic prospects. This paper examines the rise and fall of the rentier economy, and what it takes to be a winner in the urban economy game. 12/11/2015
The first round of the SLRC Panel Survey: The Process Paper
Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Richard Mallett, Rachel Slater
A lengthy design stage preceded the first round of the SLRC panel survey. This paper shares SLRC’s experiences of survey design and survey implementation stages, and identifies three key lessons about doing surveys in conflict-affected situations. 12/11/2015
Livelihoods, conflict and aid programming: Is the evidence base good enough?
Richard Mallett and Rachel Slater
Livelihood security and inclusive growth are generally seen to be good for development and peace. By extension, so too are interventions that seek to promote livelihoods and stimulate economic activity. But how solid is the evidence for this assumption? 08/10/2015
Taking village context into account in Afghanistan
Adam Pain and Georgina Sturge
This briefing paper relates to the report, Mapping village variability in Afghanistan: The use of cluster analysis to construct village typologies, and outlines the importance of understanding the particular village context when designing, implementing and evaluating aid interventions 01/10/2015
The drinking water service and users' perceptions of the state in Rolpa, Nepal
Gopikesh Acharya, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Annal Tandukar and Paul Harvey
Over 96% of Nepalese households can still not access drinking water at home. In this paper, the authors examine what effect this has on users’ views of the government 02/09/2015
Could do better: Education in Nepal and users’ perceptions of the state
Annal Tandukar, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya
Despite significant investment by the government, quality education still seems to rely on individual leadership. Why? 25/08/2015
Taking the temperature: Health services in Nepal and users’ perceptions of the state
Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya, Annal Tandukar
Going to a no-fee government district hospital in Nepal can be more expensive than visiting a private clinic. Why? 25/08/2015
Thirsty for change: Water services in Nepal and users’ perceptions of the state
Gopikesh Acharya, Suman Babu Paudel, Annal Tandukar
Three quarters of all Nepalese households still have no sanitation. Why? 25/08/2015

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