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Development Policy Review March 2024 round-up

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Written by Annalisa Prizzon

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The second issue of Development Policy Review for 2024 is now available. Development Policy Review is an online-only peer-reviewed journal focusing on the relationship between research and policy in all aspects of international development. It covers various social science disciplines, intellectual persuasions, institutional backgrounds, and regions.

Before getting into the issue, this month we also published our latest virtual issue on Corruption and Accountability in Development. You can find at this link here. Virtual issues bring together papers with a common theme already published in DPR. Articles are free to access for a limited time.

Moving on to the latest issue, here is a summary of the rationale and research questions of the ten articles in this new issue:

  • Explaining the growth performance of Bangladesh. Robert Beyer and Konstantin Wacker investigated which factors can explain Bangladesh's successful development. Their empirical analysis found that “good enough” macroeconomic policies mattered for sustained economic growth between 1990 and 2005.

  • Gender inclusion in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects. Hannah Jayne Robinson and co-authors examine the extent to which evaluations of WASH implementation identify good gender-inclusive practices. Their article explores the reasons for failings and suggests ways gender equality could be more actively considered and affected in WASH programming.

  • Ethiopia's national digital policy. Robert Ferritto investigates how Ethiopia's current national policies involving digital technologies consider the digital gender divide, how Ethiopian government policies relating to engagement with digital technologies consider gender and gendered issues and how the Ethiopian government policies capture the causes of the digital gender divide.

  • Entering the labour force in non-traditional jobs for young women in Delhi. Garima Sahai asks how aspirations for non-traditional jobs are formed among young women in Delhi. The aim was to enable policymakers to foster occupational aspirations for non-traditional jobs so women could enter jobs considered men's work, reducing gender segregation and increasing women's participation in the labour market.

  • Response to domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Venera Bekteshi and co-authors analyse the response of the Indian government to domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluate policies and interventions through the lens of intersectional feminism and social equity.

  • The impact of patriarchal culture on Somali women's participation in politics. Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdullahi and co-authors investigate why, despite the minimal formal constraints on women's participation in political life, informal institutions and customs determine the social, economic, and cultural constraints on women such that they are often poorly equipped and/or reluctant to participate in public political activity.

  • Sudan's health sector partnership. Huzeifa Aweesha and co-authors explore the evolution of the relationships, perspectives, and compliance of Sudan's health sector partners in terms of the principles of development effectiveness - ownership, alignment, and harmonization - while accounting for underlying processes and context changes between 2015 and 2022.

  • EU Trust Fund for Colombia: Lessons for hybrid peacebuilding. Carlos Madridejos Ornilla reviews the planning, financing, and operational mechanisms of the Trust Fund that has supported the implementation of the 2016 Peace Agreement in Colombia. The analysis aims to identify those elements that encourage or constrain cooperation for peacebuilding, elements able to integrate and complement the agendas, actors, and dynamics at international, national, and local levels.

  • Tax compliance by wealthy individuals: Evidence from Uganda. Appropriately taxing the richest is a priority for African governments, which need tax revenues to invest and pay for public services. In Uganda, the revenue authority launched a unit in 2015 to monitor the tax affairs of high-net-worth individuals and very important persons. The unit combined persuasion, assistance, and enforcement. Fabrizio Santoro and Ronald Waiswa analyse the extent to which the unit improved tax compliance by the rich.

  • Industrial policy in Nigeria: The Sugar Masterplan Michael Odijie examines the impact of industrial policies on different groups, identifying the origins and impacts of subsequent disputes. Specifically, it explores how the failure to anticipate opposition caused the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan to largely fail. The Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (2013–2024) proposed to stimulate domestic sugar growing and refining by restricting imports and providing incentives for investors in sugar estates and refining mills.