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    BREAD 2021: Insights on family planning and marriage

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on family planning and marriage. Some interesting findings are below. Many women in sub-Saharan Africa wish to avoid or delay pregnancy but are unable to use...

    26 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    BREAD 2021: Insights on governance

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on governance. Some interesting findings are below. Good governance is complex, not least because the number of different actors involved: politicians,...

    21 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    BREAD 2021: Insights on agriculture

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on agriculture. Some interesting findings are below. Agriculture is a large economic sector in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for an estimated 15 to 23% of...

    19 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    BREAD 2021: Insights on education

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on education. Some interesting findings are below. Young people make up most of sub-Saharan Africa’s population, with nearly 500 million children of up to 14...

    14 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    BREAD 2021: Insights on labour and markets

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including from the following publicly available papers on labour and markets. Some interesting findings are below. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa are growing rapidly, moving from largely informal and...

    12 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    The long-term journey to electric public transit in sub-Saharan Africa

    Mobility is necessary for economic development and human welfare; however, private vehicle and fossil fuel-driven transport is unsustainable, contributing to air pollution, climate change, and vehicle-caused deaths and injury. Public transit using electric vehicles (EVs) solves many of these problems. Many sub-Saharan African countries lack strong and centralised public...

    7 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    Matter of Pride: Engendering LGBTQ+ inclusivity in thought and research

    As countries around the world celebrate Pride in June and reflect on the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, this blog presents ways in which research can be more inclusive and arguments as to why it’s important. Since 1970, the month of June has been dedicated to celebrating and commemorating members of the LGBTQ+ communities, and promoting their equality, dignity,...

    23 Jun 2021 | Julia Liborio, Nikita Sharma

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    Prospectus of city growth: Rethinking planning in Amman

    City administrations worldwide found themselves grappling with urban development issues that became more pressing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Greater Amman Municipality conducted a retrospective assessment effort to better understand its early response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IGC hosted a webinar examining the city’s self-assessment experience, which...

    14 Jun 2021 | Fuad Malkawi, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Sandra Hiari

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    Winners or losers? The COVID-19 impact on Zambian manufacturing firms

    The demand- and supply-side shocks on Zambian manufacturing firms caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have had mixed effects on firms’ sales and exports. In a recent survey of firms’ experiences, government response measures have reportedly been unaligned to these needs and thus underutilised as a set of support services. As a part of an ongoing IGC project on the...

    9 Jun 2021 | Mwanda Phiri, Shimukunku Manchishi

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    Cash transfers as COVID-19 relief: Evidence from Ghana

    Well-targeted mobile money transfer programmes can be an effective policy tool to smooth consumption during pandemics, especially among the neediest populations. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected economic activity and imperilled the livelihoods of people across the globe. Its effects on the poor in developing countries has been particularly severe, as these citizens are...

    7 Jun 2021 | Dean Karlan, Matt Lowe, Robert Darko Osei, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Ben Roth, Chris Udry