May 18 - 19, 2018 9:00 am Friday - 2:00 pm Saturday Bloomington, Indiana
Sponsored by the Tobias Center on Innovations in Development at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, this two-day conference will take place May 18-19, 2018, from 9 am Friday until 2pm Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana. The conference will be devoted to intensive work-shopping of papers-in-progress. All participants are expected to have read all conference papers in advance; presentations will be minimal.
Title: Renewable energy and environmental degradation: accounting for political economy dynamics
Presenter: Samuel Adams
Description: One of the core challenges of African countries is access to energy, which represents a vital factor for achieving sustainable economic development. Keeping pace with rising energy needs therefore is at the top of the agenda for policy makers.
Title: Budget Analysis and Tracking on GBV financing: The Case of Selected Government Ministries in Tanzania
Presenter: Rasel Madaha
Description: The analytical paper focuses on the national budgets under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; Ministry of Home affairs; and Ministry of Constitution and Legal Affairs (formerly known as Ministry of Constitution Affairs and Justice) with a specific focus on the priority issues within National Plan of Action to end Violence Against Women and Children (NPA-VAWC).
Title: Managing Transitions To Meritocracy in Clientelistic Democracies
Presenter: Sarah Brierley
Description: Meritocracy exists on a continuum. History demonstrates that competitive recruitment for certain positions can co-exist with pervasive partisan hiring for others.
Title: Can Massive, High-Frequency, Hyper-Local Citizen Feedback Improve Public Services? A Field Experiment
Presenter: Mark Buntaine
Description: Governments around the world are investing in technologies that allow massive, frequent, and localized contact with citizens to improve services through the collection of dispersed data, though there is little evidence about the impacts of these efforts.
Title: Raising Local Revenues
Presenter: Colette Nyirakamana
Description: Raising local revenues has been an ongoing challenge for Sub-Saharan urban municipalities. The difficulties of raising more revenues lead to the weak capacity of local actors to fund local programs valued by the citizens while increasing their financial dependence on central government budget transfers and international organizations financial assistance.
Title: Identifying Malaria from Satellite Images
Presenters: Daniel Tanis & Adel Daoud
Description: Mapping children infected by malaria in Africa is key to improve health and for allocating policy response effectively. Nevertheless, collecting data on the incidence of malaria is particularly slow and costly. Recent developments in image recognition algorithms and the availability of high quality aerial imagery has enabled researchers to use remote sensing tools to predict people’s living conditions.
Title: Peer effects and externalities in technology adoption: Evidence from community reporting in Uganda
Presenter: Romain Ferrali
Description: Do social networks matter for the adoption of technology for political communication? We collect complete social network data for sixteen Ugandan villages where a new political communication technology was introduced, and show robust evidence of peer effects on technology adoption.
Title: Re-conceptualizing Ethnicity and its Effects on Development
Presenter: Adam Harris
Description: A large body of research has found that ethnic diversity undermines cooperation and hinders development. While diversity has been found to be an important predictor of development, the literature’s focus on diversity assumes the ethnic divisions are important regardless of their social salience. We seek to improve upon the dominant approach to ethnicity by moving beyond diversity and considering the degree to which the norms and rules governing social behavior are ethnicized.
Title: Technology and the Formation of National Identity: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Presenter: Benjamin Laughlin
Description: An important part of statebuilding is the formation of national identity. A long line of theoretical literature leads us to expect that technological advancements facilitate the adoption of a national identity. We investigate the effect of one dimension of technological progress: the expansion of mobile phone coverage across sub-Saharan Africa, which is believed to induce broad changes in political and social life.
Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development resources