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Assessing the Relative Importance of Causal Factors

CDI Practice Paper;21

While contribution analysis provides a basis for making causal claims and understanding how and why change occurs, it does not on its own estimate the relative importance, much less the size, of the causal factors at work. In this CDI Practice Paper written by John Mayne, we discuss ways of...

14 August 2019

Working Paper

Crises in Variegated Capitalism, Co-produced, Hydro-Social Impacts

STEPS Working Papers;108

My PhD fieldwork on Dutch aid in the Mozambican waterscape took me from one crisis-ridden research context, the Netherlands, to another, Mozambique. This working paper asks how seemingly unrelated crises in both countries have jointly reproduced politico-economic and hydro-social conditions in...

12 August 2019

Journal Article

Young People and Land in Zimbabwe: Livelihood Challenges After Land Reform

Review of African Political Economy;46

This article explores the livelihood challenges and opportunities of young people following Zimbabwe’s land reform in 2000. The article explores the life courses of a cohort of men and women, all children of land reform settlers, in two contrasting smallholder land reform sites. Major...

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Ian Scoones & 2 others

8 August 2019


The Political Economy of Food

IDS Bulletin 50.2

Any analysis of food systems needs to include power as an aspect of political economy, in order to understand how power relations develop over time and how they affect different food system actors. This issue of the IDS Bulletin examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and...

5 August 2019


Cross Border Dynamics: Burundi-DRC (Updated August 2019)

This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. It is the third in a series of four briefs focusing on the at risk border areas between...

Jean-Benoît Falisse

5 August 2019

Working Paper

Commissions of Inquiry in Plateau State, Nigeria

IDS Working Paper;531

Nigeria’s Plateau State has been the scene of inter-community violence since the 1990s, involving several clashes in the city of Jos that took many lives within a matter of days. Between 1997 and 2014 different Commissions of Inquiry (COIs) were established to investigate specific episodes of...

1 August 2019


Safe Harbour Regimes in Transfer Pricing: An African Perspective

ICTD Working Paper 100

Applying transfer pricing rules in Africa poses great difficulties. There are few reliable comparables to benchmark prices and terms fixed by related entities in their transactions with each other. This means that jurisdictions struggle with applying the arm’s length principle in intra-firm...

Alexander Ezenagu

1 August 2019

Journal Article

Perceptions of VAT Compliance in Ethiopia

ICTD Research in Brief;45

Tax is a major source of government revenue. Many countries prioritise mobilising domestic resources to finance government spending. However, many factors influence the revenue generated by taxation, including the population’s level of compliance with tax expectations. A country’s ability...

Worku Tamrie Atnafu & 2 others

31 July 2019