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Public service delivery in developing countries conference

29 March 2012

This conference is being held on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April at the CMPO, 2 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TX

3rd & 4th April 2012

The Boardroom, 2 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TX

Conference organiser: Professor Sonia Bhalotra

Programme (PDF, 123kB)

Public services in developing countries are very poorly delivered. The vast majority of the population is dependent upon public services and the human and economic cost of this failure is potentially very large. This conference will bring together recent research from an international field of scholars working to understand the sources of failure. Each of the two days will close with a forward looking discussion of work in progress and of issues at the research frontier.

Amongst issues analysed are the role of financial incentives for service providers, the role of political incentives and politician quality, contracting for services especially in fragile states, the potential for community monitoring, conditionality in transfer programmes, the scale up of randomised control trials, and information barriers to uptake of services.

The papers focus upon a range of topics and are set across countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For instance, they discuss user fees for health, the extension of secondary school, the interaction of health and education sector reforms, modes of microfinance and corporate finance, and employment guarantee programmes.

Public service delivery in developing countries webpage

This event is free but space is limited and therefore will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

Please contact if you would like to reserve a place, stating which day(s) you would like to attend and if you have any dietary requirements.