Mobilizing private resources for agricultural modernization may reduce the need for scarce government resources to be used for financing this modernization (for example, to be invested in fertilizer subsidy programmes).
This report discusses the factors behind the limited participation of Mozambican construction firms in the market for civil (housing, office buildings, multipurpose structures) and heavy construction, and the overall limitations of the construction materials industry.
The government of Mozambique was and continues to be attracted to the idea of using PPPs to rehabilitate its infrastructure, given the significant capital requirement of infrastructure investment and the lack of technical capacity in the government to manage investments. Yet the results have not been as expected.
The introduction of mobile banking (m-banking) services in both high and low-income countries has revolutionized traditional notions of ‘banking’. In low-income countries in particular, m-banking is regarded as an opportunity to bring financial services to the unbanked poor who are not a profitable target for commercial banks.
The recent introduction of mobile banking services in rural areas of Mozambique created the opportunity to undertake a randomized impact evaluation of the introduction of this technology in rural and traditionally unbanked areas. Aware of the importance of urban-rural remittances to previous successful cases in similar contexts (namely M-PESA in Kenya), this project focuses on assessing the impact of the mobile banking technology on the level of urban-rural transfers within households and consequent household economic behaviour.
For every $120 million seized by pirates in Somalia, the cost to the shipping industry and the end consumer is between $0.9 and $3.3 billion, according to research by Tim Besley (LSE and the IGC Steering Group), Thiemo Fetzer (LSE) and Hannes Mueller (Barcelona GSE). This money is enough to employ well over a million Somalis for a whole year.
The main objective of this policy paper is to explore the dynamics of Rwanda’s merchandise exports sector, focusing on destination discovery, product discovery and firm level performance. For Rwandan policy-makers, this paper will present: (i) a new and structured way of understanding and analyzing Rwanda’s performance as an exporter based on filtered and cleaned official exports data; and (ii) insights on current and likely future trends.
This project investigates the role of technology in increasing the savings capacity of microentrepreneurs, and the importance of financial literacy in ensuring the optimal management of these savings towards enterprise development.