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    15 current and former heads of state call for clean energy in fragile states

    David Cameron, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Donald Kaberuka – co-chairs of the Council on State Fragility – spearhead Call to Action with the g7+ Group of conflict-affected states. Foreign aid donors and private companies need to ramp up investments in clean energy to break the cycle of poverty and support recovery from COVID-19 in fragile states, urges a new global...

    24 Feb 2021


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    New study shows pandemic’s toll on jobs, businesses, and food security in developing countries

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in living standards and rising food insecurity in developing countries across the globe, according to a new study by an international team of economists that includes researchers from LSE’s International Growth Centre (IGC). The study, published 5 February in the journal Science Advances, provides an in-depth...

    8 Feb 2021


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    UK Research and Innovation awards IGC £1 million for COVID-19 economic evidence

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund has awarded the IGC £1 million for economic studies focused on post-lockdown recovery and the effectiveness of COVID-19 policy interventions in Africa and South Asia. With this funding, the IGC will deliver around 30 research studies across nine of...

    11 Dec 2020


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    Under COVID-19 lockdowns, 32 million Africans would be severely food deprived, says new research

    After an eight-week lockdown, 168 million people would no longer afford the amount of food they were consuming pre-COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, indicates new International Growth Centre (IGC) research. The IGC study indicates that in their current forms, and if implemented for eight weeks, lockdowns in sub-Saharan Africa could lead almost 32 million people, including...

    11 May 2020


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    Low income countries need different lockdowns to prevent severe deprivation and hunger, say top economists and health experts

    In low income countries, containment strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19 need to ensure people can still earn a living and access food, warn pre-eminent economists and health experts convened by the International Growth Centre (IGC). Low income countries, which have moved fast to introduce lockdowns similar to those in developed countries, risk causing acute hunger...

    4 May 2020


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    Treating electricity as a right is detrimental to expanding access

    To expand access to electricity, governments in low-income countries should treat electricity as a private good, not a right, a new publication argues. It is a widespread belief in developing countries that electricity is a right to be enjoyed by all citizens. In practice, this social norm regularly results in customers not paying their electricity bills, stealing...

    9 Sep 2019


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    Leading economic institutes join hands to bridge research-policy gap

    The Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics collaborate to better communicate evidence-based research for informed decision-making. Economics is crucial to addressing issues that challenge India’s ability to grow faster, sustainably, and inclusively. With the common mandate to...

    19 Jul 2019


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    IGC’s Oriana Bandiera and Imran Rasul win prestigious Yrjö Jahnsson Award

    The Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation and European Economic Association (EEA) are awarding the prestigious Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics to Oriana Bandiera, IGC Steering Group Member and Research Programme Director for State (LSE), and Imran Rasul, IGC Research Programme Director for Firms (University College London). The award, considered the most prestigious award in...

    8 Apr 2019


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    New book examines solutions to the South Sudan conflict

    A new book provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the South Sudan conflict – what contributed to it and what is needed to end it. The Struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of Security and State Formation discusses realistic solutions to the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The book, sponsored by the London School of Economics and...

    19 Feb 2019


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    Statement on arrest of Peter Biar Ajak

    We are deeply concerned to hear of the arrest on unspecified charges of Peter Biar Ajak. Peter Biar is a well-respected South Sudanese economist who has relentlessly supported the cause of peace and reconciliation in South Sudan. He is South Sudan Senior Advisor for the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and University of...

    30 Jul 2018