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Can Deliberative Democracy Cure the Resource Curse? – Podcast with Justin Sandefur

How can poor countries beat the resource curse? CGD research fellow Justin Sandefur returns to the Podcast hotseat to update us on a project that posed this question to ordinary people in Tanzania. CGD teamed up with REPOA to bring hundreds of Tanzanians to Dar es Salaam to debate what to do with that country’s newly-discovered natural gas deposits. This week, Justin is back to share the project’s results.

Natural Resource Revenue in Tanzania – Justin Sandefur

What would you do if you suddenly came into a lot of money? That’s what several African governments are thinking about right now – after the discovery of huge natural gas deposits. Tanzania’s reserves could yield the kind of revenues that might alter the course of the country’s development. At that level, the decisions become harder and more crucial. In this CGD podcast, research fellow Justin Sandefur describes a unique project underway right now that asks thousands of ordinary Tanzanians how they think potential resource revenues should be used. 

The Challenge of Scaling Up Proven Interventions -- Justin Sandefur

Justin Sandefur

My guest on this week’s Wonkcast is Justin Sandefur, a research fellow at CGD whose recent work has focused on education in Kenya. One study examines the returns of private schooling, while another looks at the effects of contract teachers on student test scores. The results of these studies highlight shortcomings in public education, including failures of accountability and a dense bureaucracy.