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Volume 6 Number 2 December 2015
State-led Malaria Control Efforts in the Developing World
Author_ Natasha M. EZROW
Pages 135-166
Abstract_ The state can play a critical role in combating disease. However, international approaches in the most vulnerable countries have tended to undermine state building to the detriment of effective disease management. Though well intentioned, vertical programs executed by international agencies and NGOs can create islands of excellence that leave a tremendous void once they exit their target country. Ministries of health devote considerable resources to dealing with vertical programs, and, public healthcare institutions are weakened because other health issues are neglected. Moreover, external agencies have great difficulty adequately meeting local needs when projects circumvent the public healthcare system. Finally, tackling disease requires a response from the state that goes beyond the public health care system to confront the challenges of prevention, detection and treatment, both at the national and local levels. This paper explores the impact that the state can have in mitigating the spread of one particular disease, malaria, and critically examines the role of vertical programs. Vietnam is presented as a case study.
Keywords_ Malaria, Vietnam, Public healthcare, State building, Vertical programs
Volume 6 Number 2 December 2015
Small Businesses in Kenya: Transition from Informal to Formal Enterprises
Author_ Jacob C. NG’ANG’A & Anne GITONGA
Pages 167-189
Abstract_ The Kenyan economy is broadly characterized by two parallel sectors: the formal comprised of registered businesses and the informal defined by the economic activities of non-registered businesses. Despite the several advantages of registering a business, only a minority of businesses in Kenya are registered. This paper addresses the question of why a large number of small businesses in Kenya opt to operate informally. The findings show that firm age, size of business, owner’s experience, business sector, gender of owner and type of business premise influence the choice to register a business. The paper recommends that the government simplify registration and link it to licensing, decentralize and automate registration, and enforce registration without directly linking it to tax obligations.
Keywords_ Small businesses, Registration, Informal sector
Volume 6 Number 1 June 2015
How do Ex Ante Simulations Compare with Ex Post Evaluations? Evidence from the Impact of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
Author_ Phillippe LEITE, Ambar NARAYAN & Emmanuel SKOUFIAS
Pages 1-43
Abstract_ We compare the ex ante simulation of the impacts of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs against the ex post estimates of impacts obtained from experimental evaluations. Using the data on program-eligible households in treatment areas from the same baseline surveys used for the experimental evaluations of CCT programs in Mexico and in Ecuador, we use a micro-simulation model to derive ex ante estimates of the impact of the programs on enrollment rates and poverty. Our estimates reveal that ex ante predictions of certain impacts of CCT programs using the micro-simulation model match up well against the benchmark estimates of ex post experimental studies. The findings seem to support the use of this model to assess the potential impact and cost efficiency of a CCT program ex ante, for the purpose of informing decisions about the design of the program.
Keywords_ Conditional Cash Transfers, Micro-simulation, Experimental evaluation
Volume 6 Number 1 June 2015
How Did East Asian Countries Overcome the Food Problem? The Experiences of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia
Author_ Richard GRABOWSKI
Pages 44-75
Abstract_ This paper develops a semi-open dualistic model of the development process. Within this context rapid structural change and development is likely to be stymied by low productivity in staple food production. This will result in labor being relatively expensive, even when it is physically abundant. Thus solving the food problem is essential for successful economic development. However, different countries have resolved this problem in very different ways. The experiences of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia are used to illustrate the problem and the different ways each country has evolved to solve it. These experiences have implications for today’s developing countries.
Keywords_ Food problem, Agriculture, Structural change, East Asia, Southeast Asia
Volume 6 Number 1 June 2015
On a New Path: Microfinance as a Tool to Help Bedouin Women Extricate Themselves from Poverty in Israel
Pages 77-107
Abstract_ The lives of Bedouin women in Israel who live in poverty are complex and difficult. They suffer from dual discrimination—by the Bedouin society in which they live and by the state of which they are citizens. Microfinance provides a tool with which these women can improve their lives. Based on in-depth interviews with 15 Bedouin women participating in a microfinance program, this study finds that their efforts to extricate themselves from poverty perpetuate the polarity of their lives: they experience personal strengthening in the process of gaining economic independence, but also the weakening of family support during that process. The women must also overcome a lack of state support for their business initiatives. Nevertheless, these women are able to manage these difficulties and improve the conditions of their lives. In the process, they became important agents of change in Bedouin communities and in the wider society of Israel.
Keywords_ Bedouin women, Poverty, Microfinance, Microcredit, Social change, Bedouin society, Negev
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