Articles

Reflections from our recent work, and topical issues for the sector

Aid for Education after 2015

In the face of discernible fatigue around the Post-2015 Agenda, Mokoro’s seminar brought a fresh perspective to the question of what’s next after the MDGs, focusing specifically on the education sector, and bringing to bear emerging thinking on inequality, a preview of the latest report on global education progress, and new research into how partners…

ODI Cape Conference 2013

The national budget lies at the intersection of all important decisions to be made in the public sector. By allocating resources as a means to realise policy goals, the budget is intrinsic to the policy-making process itself. Getting it right, then, deserves a concentrated, multi-shareholder effort, and in this vein the 2013 ODI-CAPE conference brought…

Culture and Institutional Reform

In a discussion on the limitations of institutional reform in developing countries and why many reforms have failed to bring about desired change, Matt Andrews refers to the ‘invisible norms’ and ‘cultural cognitive and normative mechanisms’ that form the foundations for the new ‘rules of the game’. He argues that many reforms do not look at these…

Land tenure regularisation in Rwanda

For over twenty years, Mokoro has been involved in the planning, assessment and evaluation of programmes that aim to strengthen people’s rights to land and other natural resources. In the course of our work for governments, funding agencies and international NGOs in East, Central, West and southern Africa, we have advised on land redistribution, on…

Staying the course in South Sudan

The ODI fellowship scheme has been placing junior economists in line positions in Governments of developing countries for 50 years, and counts the founders of Mokoro amongst its alumni. As my two-year posting in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Government of South Sudan draws to a close, I consider myself very…

CABRI Agriculture Dialogue

It feels as though I’ve waited almost a whole career for this to happen. Perhaps that’s because my daughter, Hebe, is here in Dakar to attend the dialogue event on agriculture that is being organised by the Collaborative African Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI). Hebe has just finished her second year at Uni, where she is…