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Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability (2008-2013)

Analysis that Aims to Improve Evidence-Based Resource Allocation 

The five-year Global Research Project, Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability, implemented in technical partnership with the Results for Development Institute (R4D), aimed at building the capacity of 14 participating developing country organizations to monitor and analyze public expenditure choices and processes, and to engage constructively with policy officials on various policy options in the three sectors of health, education and water. The project’s ultimate goal was more capable, accountable, and responsive governments in the countries where the project operated. It had an integrated independent monitoring and evaluation component which was undertaken by the National Opinion Research Centre, University of Chicago.

Read the project's Concept NoteMid-term Review and Final Evaluation Report

Visit the project's reserach to action web portal

To know more about the project click here.

For further information contact Ramona Angelescu, Director of Programs  

Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agricultural Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia 

The GDN Global Research Project, Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agricultural Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to help shape North-South and South-South debates on agricultural policies. Designed as a policy research project, it seeks to enrich the body of knowledge related to agricultural issues. In doing so, it draws from the existing knowledge base, especially cross-country research findings, in a scientifically rigorous manner, yet one which is both timely and easily accessible to policymakers and the informed public. The project attains significance as it explores innovative ways of bridging the research and policy gap.

To know about the project click here. For more information contact Tuhin Sen Lead Strategist for Policy outreach. 

Project website and knowledge platform:

Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus (2012-2013)

The Global Research Project, Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus, seeks to provide research grants to support comparative and systematic research that looks across continents and brings together experts from Francophone Africa, Asia and Latin America respectively to address fundamental issues on urbanization and development, as well as provide opportunities for researchers from these regions to engage in meaningful academic collaborations in a globally interconnected way.

The project aims at providing specific recommendations and strategic guidance for governments and development agencies regarding urbanization issues (thus paying particular attention to the so-called 'enabling policy environment' in the area of urbanization).

To know more about the project click here.

For further information contact Shelly Dahiya, Program Manager


Varieties of Governance: Improving Public Service Delivery (2009-2013) 

Basic Education, Water Supply and Transport Infrastructure (Roads

The three-year GDN Global Research Project (GRP), Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery, explores the role of formal and informal institutions, at both country and sector level, in the effectiveness (or lack) of public service delivery in the areas of basic education, water supply and transport infrastructure (roads).

Sixteen multidisciplinary research teams covering 30 countries analyze the effects of governance mechanisms on service delivery through a political economy lens. These teams study the effects of decentralization, citizen participation and participatory budgeting on the quality, costs and availability of education, water and roads in selected countries through a comparative perspective. The use of both quantitative and qualitative data and mixed methods aim to capitalize on the ‘Varieties of Governance’ in each particular context.

Read Concept Note

To know more about the project click here.

For further information contact Ramona Angelescu, Director of Programs  


Development on the Move: Measuring and Optimizing Migration’s Economic and Social Impacts (2007-2009)

The Global Research Project, jointly coordinated with the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) involved seven research teams from across the world (Colombia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Jamaica, Macedonia and Vietnam), with the objective of measuring the economic and social impacts of migration in developing countries.

The project examined the multidimensional nature of migration from a holistic perspective to further research and policymaking on North-South and South-South cross-border migration. The overall parameters of migration in the selected countries and its various impacts on the countries’ economic, social and political development were analyzed. All studies involved large, nationally representative household surveys.


Mapping the development impacts of migration, by Laura Chappell and Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Working Paper 1)

Development on the move - measuring and optimising migration's economic and social impacts, by Laura Chappell, Ramona Angelescu-Naqvi, George Mavrotas and Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Full Paper) (Executive Summary)

A propensity score matching analysis on the impact of international migration on entrepreneurship in Vietnam, by Thi Bich Tran, Huu Chi Nguyen, Thi Xuan Mai Nguyen and Thi Phuong Thao Ngo (Journal Article in Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy)

Other resources: Impact Map, Global Dataset

Promoting Innovative Programs from the Developing World: Towards Realizing the Health MDGs in Africa and Asia (2006-2010)

Twenty program impact evaluations across 19 countries from the developing and transition world were involved in this Global Research Project which used experimental and quasi-experimental techniques of evaluating health interventions.

The project sought to identify the greatest potential for replication and contributing to the achievement of the three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) directly related to health in Africa and Asia, namely, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

List of Studies

Impact of Rich Countries' Policies on Poverty: Perspectives from the Developing World (2004-2006)

GDN's fourth Global Research Project (GRP) was designed to measure the impact of key policies pursued by rich countries on poverty in developing and transition countries. The three main focus areas were trade, migration and capital flows (aid and foreign direct investment – FDI).

The GRP comprised 30 country studies from across the developing and transition world.

List of Studies
Global Exchange and Poverty: Trade, Investment and Migration (ed. Robert E.B. Lucas, Lyn Squire, T.N. Srinivasan)

Understanding Reform: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding Reform (2002-2005)

Understanding the successes and failures of various reforms through a cross-country comparison of reform policies and experiences in different regions was the primary aim of this Global Research Project. The project comprised 10 thematic papers and 30 country studies.

The project's findings informed policymakers of promising reform paths that took into account economic, social, political, and cultural factors and reactions. Particular attention was given to policies that lower costs and increase benefits to low-income classes, poor minorities and other disadvantaged groups.

List of Studies
Understanding Market Reforms in Latin America: Similar Reforms, Diverse Constituencies, Varied Results (ed. Jose M. Fanelli)
Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: A Tale of Seven Nations (ed. Joseph Mensah)
Understanding Market Reforms, Volume 2: Motivation, Implementation and Sustainability (ed. Jose M. Fanelli, Gary McMahon)
Understanding Market Reforms, Volume 1: Philosophy, Politics and Stakeholders (ed. Jose M. Fanelli, Gary McMahon)

Bridging Research and Policy (2002-2007)

The Global Research Project endeavored to improve and understand the links between research and policy, and bridge the gap between researchers, policymakers and intermediary organizations such as media and professional associations. The overarching goal was to promote evidence-based policymaking in low and middle income countries by closing the gap between ideas and their implementation.

The project generated valid and reliable knowledge about research-policy linkages (and gaps) in developing and transition countries, and developed a set of operational conclusions and tools that could assist policymakers, researchers and donors.

List of Studies

Explaining Growth (2000-2004)

Research teams around the world examined the growth experiences of six regions in the developing and transition world – East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Researchers studied the complex nature of growth: its stimulants, constraints, benefits and pitfalls, by moving away from not just seeing economic growth as the ultimate measure of well being, but rather as one that also provides the opportunity to use resources well.

List of Studies
Explaining Growth in the Middle East (ed. Jeffrey B. Nugent, M. Hashem Pesaran)
Sources of Growth in Latin America: What is Missing? (ed. Eduardo Fernández-Arias, Rodolfo Manuelli, Juan S. Blyde)
The Economic Prospects of the CIS: Sources of Long Term Growth (ed. Gur Ofer, Richard W.T. Pomfret)
Explaining Growth: A Global Research Project (ed. Gary McMahon, Lyn Squire)
The South Asian Experience with Growth (ed. Isher J. Ahluwalia, John Williamson)

GDN Research in Focus

Research output from the completed GDN GRP 'Promoting Innovative Programs from the Developing World: Towards Realizing the Health MDGs in Africa and Asia' has been published in the current issue of the Panamerican Journal of Public Health. The paper titled 'A cluster-randomized controlled trial of handrubs for prevention of infectious diseases among children in Colombia' can be read here.