The Global Development Network Working Paper Series disseminates GDN-funded research by combining the best research produced by GDN researchers and contributions from leading scholars.

Lessons for ASEAN Countries Stuck in a “Middle-Income Trap” from Korea’s Economic Development & Institutions
Author : Daniel Kasenda
Date : November 2015
Description : Description: The paper discusses how middle-income Asian countries can learn from South Korea to avoid being stuck in a ‘middle-income trap by determining pathways that make a successful transition to a high income country category.
Public Service Delivery in Basic Education: Institutional Arrangements, Governance and School Results in Chile and Uruguay
Author : Maria Ester Mancebo, Denise Vaillant, Cecilia Llambí, Leticia Piñeyro and Gabriela Gonzalez
Date : September 2013
Description : This research is based on an international comparative study that sought to analyze the effects of educational governance on the quality of basic education in two Latin-American countries: Uruguay and Chile.
Effect of Governance on Public Service Delivery in the Water Sector in Senegal
Author : Ameth S. Ndiaye, Sènakpon F.A. Dedehouanou and Ibrahima T. Diop
Date : September 2013
Description : In 1995, the Government of Senegal launched wide-reaching reforms in the water sector. This paper argues that accountability mechanisms matter in the delivery process and examines qualitatively the effectiveness of three aspects of governance: participation, accountability and transparency.
Effects of Governance Models on Affordability, Sustainability and Efficiency of the Water Services in Three Transition Countries (Armenia, Hungary, Romania)
Author : József Hegedüs, Gábor Péteri, Andrea Tönkő, Mária Papp, Adriana Pienaru and Afrodita Popa
Date : September 2013
Description : The analytical framework of this paper is based on the general typology of the water organizations along the usual static dimensions of privatization and decentralization.
Access to Water, Time Allocation and Income in Rural India
Author : Hans Binswanger-Mkhize, Sharmistha Nag and Hari K. Nagarajan
Date : September 2013
Description : This paper demonstrates that investments made to improve the supply and management of water reduces the time spent by both men and women in fetching water. This in turn leads to the reallocation of the time saved (from fetching water) to productive activities, resulting in increased incomes.
Managing Healthcare Provision and Health Outcomes through Local Governance
Author : Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize, Hari K. Nagarajan and Kailash C. Pradhan
Date : September 2013
Description : The paper explores whether the devolution of responsibilities and finances to local governments in India produced positive impacts on the health status and incomes of men and women. The study uses a national dataset with details on health, health-seeking behavior and local governance for its analysis.
Civil Society Participation and Education Spending of Philippine Cities
Author : Joy Aceron, Rafaela David, Maien Vital, Julius Santos and Krisna Parrera
Date : September 2013
Description : The paper presents the result of the exploratory research conducted by a research team of Ateneo School of Government to study the impact of civil society participation on the responsiveness of local spending for education.
Varieties of Governance, Varying Outcomes
Author : Omkar Joshi and Hari K. Nagarajan
Date : September 2013
Description : This paper – using the ARIS/REDS data sets of NCAER and qualitative methods – explores the impact of empowering the local governments such as the Panchayats to assume the role of service providers.
Suburbanization and Inequality in Transport Mobility in Yaoundé, Cameroon: Drawing Public Policy for African Cities
Author : Ongolo Zogo Valérie and Boniface Ngah Epo
Date : September 2013
Description : This study sets to explore the nature of inequality in mobility in the metropolitan region of Yaoundé city using data from the urban displacement plan, to identify pertinent orientations in the transfer of competencies towards local councils.
Decentralization, Fiscal Effort and Social Progress in Colombia at the Municipal Level, 1994-2009: Why Does National Politics Matter?
Author : Fabio Sánchez Torres and Mónica Pachón
Date : July 2013
Description : The paper explores the relationship between political competition and effective public goods delivery systems in a decentralized context to study whether the awareness generated through such a competitive environment and the existence of more political options are a part of the causal mechanisms for effective governance.
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