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Knowledge for Change Program

The KCP has been remarkably successful in achieving its primary objective of promoting 'high quality, cutting edge research'…that creates knowledge to support poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Lyn Squire -- Consultant & former CEO, Global Development Network

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Important Announcements


KCP Consultative Group Meeting

This year's Consultative Group (CG) meeting will be held on November 2-3, 2014 in Tallin, Estonia. Agenda


KCP & The New Bank - Annual Report 2014

In October 2013, the World Bank Group WBG) member countries endorsed anew WBG strategy that will guide the institution’s efforts to achieve its twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Based on the new strategy, the WBG has undergone a substantive reorganization. This will transform the focus and modalities of the WBG’s work and enhance its capacity to deliver development solutions that support the twin goals. In support ofthe new strategy, there are three changes that are currently underway that are of special relevance to the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP).Read More»


Strategic Research Program (SRP) Call for Proposals -2014

The World Bank Strategic Research Program (SRP), a multi-donor trust fund initially funded by DFID, is a new program established in February 2014 in the Development Economics Vice Presidency. It aims to carry out research programs and projects related to development economics; and to disseminate the knowledge and lessons learned from research findings to enable countries and stakeholders to have access to evidence-based research and to enhance research capacity in developing countries. The World Bank Group (WBG) has committed itself to the twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.Read More»




Latest News


Africa impact evaluation update : evidence to inform development operations

A new issue of the Africa IE Update is out. This issue focuses on policy options for increasing agricultural productivity. This publication highlights rigorous evidence on crucial development issues for the region. Read More»


Policy Research Talks

The Policy Research Talks showcase the latest DEC research findings and their implications for Bank operations. The goal of the monthly event is to facilitate a dialogue between researchers and operational staff, so that we can challenge and contribute to the Bank's intellectual climate and re-examine conventional wisdom in current development theories and practices. Read More»



Latest Reports & Papers

Report

Case Study

Are Poor Slum-Dwellers Willing to Pay for Formal Land Title? Evidence from Dar es Salaam

High levels of informality, from 70% to 80% in many developing country cities,increase poverty and make urbanization unsustainable. But it is not clear if this is due to lack of interest in more secure land rights or the high cost of traditional institutions. Read more »


Report

Launch of WDR2014

World Development Report 2014: Risk and Opportunity. Managing Risk for Development.

In recent years, the world has suffered a multitude of crises. Financial and economic turmoil have disrupted the world economy through loss of income, jobs, and social stability. Read more »


Working Papers

Why Don't Poor Countries Do R&D?

Using a global panel on research and development (R&D) expenditures, this paper documents that on average poor countries do far less R&D than rich as a share of GDP. This is arguably counter intuitive since the gains from doing the R&D required for technological catch up are thought to be very high and Griffith et al (2004) have documented that in the OECD returns increase dramatically with distance from the frontier. Read more »




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