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    Increasing investment and limiting default with flexible loan repayment

    A recent study conducted in India, reveals that a flexible repayment option improves borrowers’ business outcomes without undermining repayment rates. Lenders in developing countries need to adopt a more customised approach towards borrowers. Irregular income and flexible repayment Borrowers who have irregular incomes often find it hard to adhere to frequent, rigid...

    17 Jan 2018 | Giorgia Barboni, Parul Agarwal

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    Improving transport in developing cities with investment and regulation

    On 15 November 2017, the Oxford Urbanists and the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) Cities that Work initiative, co-hosted a panel discussion on the ‘Future of Informal Transport in Rapidly Growing Cities’, to discuss evidence for improved policy. Transport and development Transport is a vital component of connectivity in developing cities, allowing them to be a...

    15 Jan 2018 | Priya Manwaring

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    Women’s Financial Inclusion: 5 Reasons Why it Matters for Mozambique

    The IGC recently published a policy brief that discusses the obstacles to financial inclusion in Mozambique. It tackles two of the main challenges: the low levels of financial literacy and the absence of interoperability. Novella Maugeri (Country Economist, IGC Mozambique) analyses this brief from the perspective of gender empowerment. How do you get your money from the...

    19 Dec 2017 | Novella Maugeri

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    The multiplier effect of Mozambique’s natural gas discovery and FDI bonanza

    In the two years following the discovery, FDI inflows, driven by new projects in new industries, increased by 58%. There was also strong growth in manufacturing, retail, business services and construction, accompanied by substantial job creation. Natural resources and growth Natural resources are often thought of as a curse, slowing economic growth in resource-rich...

    18 Dec 2017 | Gerhard Toews, Pierre-Louis Vezina

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    Information-driven voter disagreement over more authoritarianism: Experimental evidence from Turkey

    Globally, civil liberties and political rights have been declining for eleven consecutive years (Freedom House, 2017). The erosion of these measures runs counter to a priori expectations that circumstances would improve: the number of democracies had doubled within the past five decades and information is increasingly available to voters due to a growing and diverse set of...

    13 Dec 2017 | Ceren Baysan

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    Food security and international trade

    As the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference is in progress at Buenos Aires, this column looks at the role trade plays in ensuring food security through increased enhanced international cooperation on a multilateral scale. Although food security has long been recognized as a universal human right, 815 million people worldwide remained undernourished in 2016. In addition, the...

    11 Dec 2017 | Antoine Bouët, David Laborde

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    Guardians of accountability: A field experiment on corruption and inefficiency in Peru’s local public works

    A field experiment tested the extent to which civil society oversight can curb corruption in public infrastructure, when supported by the relevant authority. Districts that received the monitoring intervention spent, on average, 75,000 US dollars less per project. Corruption in Latin America  Lava Jato is Latin America’s largest corruption scandal to date. Brazilian...

    8 Dec 2017 | Paul F. Lagunes

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    All Peas in One Basket: Lessons from the 2017 Pigeon Pea Crisis

    In recent years, the rapid expansion of pigeon pea production provided a boost to the rural economy of Central and Northern Mozambique. However, the 2017 price collapse created a crisis in the main production areas that calls attention to the need to improve the monitoring of market trends and to launch a joint effort aimed at diversification. During the past decade, the...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal

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    Todas as Fichas num Único Feijão: Lições da Crise de Feijão Bóer de 2017

    Nos últimos anos, a rápida expansão da produção de feijão bóer dinamizou a economia rural na Zona Centro-Norte de Moçambique. Porém, a queda drástica do preço em 2017 gerou uma crise nas zonas de maior produção e chama a atenção para a necessidade de se melhorar o acompanhamento das dinâmicas do mercado e de um esforço conjunto para a...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal

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    A socio-economic crisis in rural Mozambique

    The districts of Middle and Upper Zambézia, in Central Mozambique, were most affected by the fall of the pigeon pea price in 2017. Most farmers did not have any financial return to their investment in the previous agricultural season, which created multiplier effects in the local economy. Mozambique has been going through difficult economic times since 2015. This has been...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal