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    FDI can catalyse job creation and industrialisation in Africa

    25 May 2016 | Amanda Jinhage

    The IGC launches its newest Growth Brief: Harnessing Foreign Direct Investment for job creation and industrialisation in Africa. During the last decade and a half, African economies grew at nearly double the rate of the 1990s. The rapid pace of growth spurred the Africa Rising narrative. However, the recent commodity cycle slow-down has led to increasing questions about...

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    Promoting FDI through Financial Market Development in Host and Source Countries

    23 May 2016 | Julian Donaubauer, Eric Neumayer, Peter Nunnenkamp

    Financial market development of both source and host countries can shape and drive flows of financial direct investment over time. The question of whether better-developed local financial markets attract FDI is particularly relevant for host countries that have remained on the sidelines in the global competition for FDI such as many developing countries in sub-Saharan...

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    Rwanda provides lessons on how to narrow Africa’s energy deficit

    19 May 2016 | Stephen Yeboah

    Rwanda's energy sector reforms are striving to improve energy pricing efficiency, increasing sustainable investment in the sector. Reforms target an ambitious goal of connecting over 70% of the country's population to electricity by 2018. Only 16% of Rwanda’s households are connected to the grid. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The country is emerging as a...

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    I Paid A Bribe: Using technology to fight corruption in India

    18 May 2016 | Venkatesh Kannaiah

    Ipaidabribe.com harnesses the collective energy of Indian citizens against corruption by enabling them to report anonymously on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of demands for bribes. Venkatesh Kannaiah discusses the I Paid A Bribe initiative and the value of technology in tackling corruption, not just in India but globally. This post...

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    Cashless economics: The new wave of mobile money

    17 May 2016 | Upaasna Kaul

    2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of M-PESA, the digital wallet that transformed financial inclusion and banking starting first in Kenya spreading through much of East Africa. In March of this year, the IGC held a ‘Sub-Regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa’ to explore the challenges and opportunities facing West Africa, as they seek to replicate...

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    Clicking towards Mozambique’s new jobs

    13 May 2016 | Pedro Martins

    A new online job portal in Mozambique may have the potential to improve job-matching through improved access to information between jobs and job-seekers. Inclusive growth in developing countries can hardly be achieved without a widespread dissemination of labour market information. Fortunately, growing penetration of the internet can circumvent existing limitations...

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    Digital Bangladesh: Impact of electronic government procurement

    12 May 2016 | Farria Naeem

    Corruption in procurement practices of developing country governments remains a significant source of waste and expenditure. In Bangladesh, the introduction of an electronic procurement system could significantly raise the quality and competitiveness of bidding for public project contracts with implications for future investment and growth in Bangladesh. The...

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    Four ideas changing how the Punjab government thinks about development

    10 May 2016 | Shehryar Nabi

    Growing interest and attention for evidenced based policy has begun drawing more researchers to Pakistan. Here are four of the most promising research ideas, presented at the recent IGC-CDPR conference in Lahore, Pakistan. During the 80s and 90s, development research in Pakistan took a turn for the worse. Although there were always interesting research questions on...

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    Want to become an entrepreneur in Mozambique? 3 things you need to know!

    9 May 2016 | Novella Maugeri, Jorrit Oppewal

    IGC Country Economists Novella and Jorrit share lessons from the IGC Private Sector Development Workshop held in Maputo on March 2016. With low levels of internet penetration, entrepreneurs must find innovative means of overcoming key barriers to building and growing businesses in challenging environments. Imagine you are an entrepreneur who decides to start a business in...

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    Flooding and urban adaptation

    6 May 2016 | Adriana Kocornik-Mina, Tom McDermott, Guy Michaels, Ferdinand Rauch

    If the economic costs of flooding are high, and cities at lower elevations tend to flood more frequently, why do communities continue to rebuild on the same, flood-prone lands? This blog explores the economic impact of flooding and suggests that aid for reconstruction could be used to encourage economic activity to shift away from flood prone areas. Floods are among...

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