No margin, no mission? Evaluating the role of incentives in the distribution of public goods in Zambia

No margin, no mission? Evaluating the role of incentives in the distribution of public goods in Zambia

3ie Impact Evaluation Report 9

Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera and Kelsey Jack

This study by Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera and Kelsey Jack evaluates the impact of different incentive mechanisms on the performance of community-based agents (i.e. hairdressers) engaged in the promotion and sale of female condoms for the prevention HIV in Lusaka, Zambia. The study showed that public recognition was more effective in generating sales than financial rewards. Overall, the findings suggest that non-financial rewards can be a cost-effective means to motivate agents, especially when social gains have a higher utility than financial gains. It also opens new avenues for NGOs and other organisations involved in the distribution of health and other ‘social goods’ to design innovative, cheaper and more effective methods to motivate their agents.

The impacts of formal registration of businesses in Malawi

Impacts of formal registration of businesses in Malawi

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
Authors evaluated the impact of three interventions aimed at formalising small businesses in Malawi.

Unpacking the determinants of entrepreneurship development and economic empowerment for women in Kenya

Unpacking the determinants of entrepreneurship development and economic empowerment for women in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
Authors evaluated the impact of the International Labour Organization’s Gender and Entrepreneurship Together training programme (GET Ahead) in rural Kenya.

Impacts of key provisions in Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act

Impacts of key provisions in Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
The authors evaluated the impact of using public meetings and an ICT platform used by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee to promote transparency and accountability.

Using information to break the political resource curse in natural gas management in Mozambique

Using information to break the political resource curse in natural gas management in Mozambique

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
This study evaluated the impact of providing information to local leaders and communities about the discovery of natural gas in Mozambique, and the implications for provincial government revenues and job creation.

Harnessing transparency initiatives to improve India’s environmental clearance process for the mineral mining sector

Harnessing transparency initiatives to improve India’s environmental clearance process for the mineral mining sector

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
This study evaluated the impact of a set of reforms to the environmental clearance process in India, which included subjecting larger projects to scrutiny from regulators, independent experts and the public.