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    Improving export performance in Uganda

    23 January 2017 | Ben Shepherd

    Uganda is keen to leverage its external sector to support economic growth and employment creation through structural transformation. This has become increasingly urgent as commodity prices have levelled off and volumes have stagnated with the global slowdown. Policymakers need to establish a supportive environment within which the private sector can invest in exports. The...

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    A study on the impact of financial market reforms on investment, financing and governance structures of the publicly traded firms in India

    9 January 2017 | Sanjay Banerji, Krishna Gangopadhyay, Madhav Shrihari

    This project investigates whether financial reforms undertaken in India during early 1990s had any substantial and tangible impact on economic decisions made at the micro level by the publicly traded firms in India. The study seeks to evaluate the effects of creation of a new stock exchange, known as the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and formulation of a new law known as...

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    Understanding workers’ knowledge of working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories

    9 January 2017 | Rachel Heath

    The garment industry has revolutionised the lives of many people, particularly women, in Bangladesh.  Women have received greater educational investments and postponed marriage and childbearing, and achieved better autonomy household decision-making, the choice of spouse, and the choice to leave abusive marriages.  However, these workers can also face very tough working...

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    Capacity building for monitoring & evaluation strategy for Rwanda Development Bank

    8 December 2016 | Patrick McSharry, Philip English

    This project has two objectives. The first is to produce an integrated study of trade performance and policy priorities that will be of benefit to the government and to DFID as it designs its growth programme. The second is to undertake a scoping visit to assist the Rwandan Development Bank (BRD) in formulating an approach to monitoring and evaluation for its programmes,...

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    Opening the door to formalisation: Small-scale diamond mining and rural economic development in Sierra Leone

    28 November 2016 | Roy Maconachie, Ainsley Butler, Gavin Hilson

    Since their discovery in the 1930s, alluvial diamonds have made a significant contribution to the rural economy in resource-rich stretches of Sierra Leone. However, although the artisanal diamond mining sector has provided employment for hundreds of thousands of poor people, has generated valuable start-up capital for downstream industries and has helped to nourish...

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    The real effects of electronic wage payments: An experiment with salaried factory workers in Bangladesh

    24 November 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

    Approximately 2.5 billion people around the world are cut off from digital financial systems. These adults –most of them poor– must rely on cash to manage their day-to-day finances and plan for the future. Researchers and policymakers increasingly view the migration of poor households to electronic payment platforms as an essential ingredient in expanding financial...

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    Randomised impact evaluation of farmer participatory innovative agricultural practices

    24 November 2016 | Cátia Batista, Dean Karlan, Gharad Bryan

    Low production and productivity are problems that characterise the agricultural sector in Mozambique. Although most people in Mozambique practice agriculture, the sector contributes to a relatively low proportion of the country's GDP. Modern technologies such as chemical fertisers, improved seeds, irrigation, etc, could potentially increase agricultural productivity, but,...

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    Scarcity at the end of the month - A field experiment with garment factory workers in Bangladesh

    24 November 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

    There is much evidence to suggest that low-income households face enormous difficulties budgeting their income over the course of the month, with surveyed salaried garment factory workers reporting not having enough money for food or having to skip meals in the last week of the month. Such state of scarcity can reduce worker productivity through various channels and is...

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    Driving usage of mobile money in Pakistan

    24 November 2016 | Greg Fischer, Joshua Blumenstock, Adnan Khan

    More than a 100 million Pakistanis don’t have access to formal and regulated financial services (World Bank), accounting for 5 percent of the world's unbanked population, making branchless banking a viable and promising alternative. With more than 20 million customers every month and 75,000 shops in more than 800 cities across Pakistan, Easypaisa is the first and largest...

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    Are small and medium enterprises constrained by the inability to raise funds from the equity markets? Evidence from the creation of a new platform in the Bombay Stock Exchange

    24 November 2016 | Sanjay Banerji, Madhav Shrihari, Krishna Gangopadhyay

    This project addresses to what extent lack of access of outside finance impedes the growth, investment, productivity, technological innovation and size of Small and Medium sectors (SMEs) in India. Specifically, it examines the impact of the introduction of a platform exclusively reserved for the SMEs for the purpose of raising equity finance in the Bombay Stock exchange...

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