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Research priorities

The IGC supports research focused on four themes:

State: This theme investigates how to improve the capacity of the public sector in developing countries to effectively deliver public goods and services that support economic growth. This includes issues such as governance and public sector management, public finance and taxation, political economy, and conflict.

Firms: This theme aims to generate knowledge related to firm capabilities and job creation. This work covers all types of firms: large, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and farms, in both formal and informal sectors. Research topics include the determinants of firm productivity and policies to stimulate trade.

Cities: This theme explores what makes cities effective centres of economic prosperity, addressing both the drivers of and constraints to growth. Issues include the economics of agglomeration, improving infrastructure and service provision, building affordable housing markets, and migration.

Energy: This theme focuses on the significant role that access to reliable energy plays in shaping the growth paths of developing countries. Topics include improving access to and quality of energy services for households and firms, rural electrification, energy efficiency, and the effects of energy consumption on health and the environment.

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  • Urbanisation and employment generation

    Tanzania is urbanizing rapidly and the implications for public policy are coming to the fore. Key issues include: urbanization and employment growth; implications for structural transformation and the agricultural sector; agglomeration and productivity associated with urbanization; the dynamics of primary and secondary cities; national and regional network effects associated with urbanization; growth corridors and the role of transit trade.

  • Municipal financing and revenue mobilization strategies

  • Informal settlements, resettlement, slum development

  • How can low urban housing for low income people best be supported?

  • How can Kigali ensure the efficient movement of goods and people around the city as it expands and densifies?