29 March 2012
Conference organiser: Professor Sonia Bhalotra
Programme (PDF, 126 kB)
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.
This event is free but space is limited and therefore will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a place, stating which day(s) you would like to attend and if you have any dietary requirements.