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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Public service delivery with specific focus on civil service capabilities
There is a growing need to better understand the role of public service delivery in a transforming economy that grows more complex with a broadening public-private transaction base. Particular areas of focus include, but are not limited to, coordination of public service delivery, motivation and incentives of public servants, and impact evaluation of process changes. Other topics related to effective public service delivery will also be considered.
To strengthen Pakistani firms to participate in CPEC
Key areas of focus should be:
1) Implement policies that strengthen private sector firms including promoting joint ventures
2) Land acquisition
3) Infrastructure development
4) Skills development
5) Sectoral strategies
6) Cluster development
Will devolution have effects on local industrial policy to create such Tier 2 cities and what can county budgets support in terms of the infrastructure investments needed?
How do we develop Tier 2 cities in Kenya?
More research around the demand for energy, both on the household and the firm side