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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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  • Mobile money and mobile technologies

    Impact and applications; regulation; information provision; financial products; remittances; technology adoption

  • What role can Rwanda’s six secondary cities play in Rwanda’s economic transformation, and how can this best be supported?

  • Economic modelling of the impact of agricultural policies on poverty reduction and growth

  • Enhancing urban mobility in a rapidly growing city

    Kampala does not currently have a mass public transit system. Over the next few years, however, it has the chance to make the necessary investments to improve urban mobility. This will be key in raising the productivity within the city.

  • The challenge of urbanization in Mozambique: construction industry, housing, and transportation

    While urbanization in Mozambique has not been as fast when compared to some other African countries, it is expected to accelerate in the next few years. In particular, the capital Maputo has seen rapid growth rates and is increasingly facing urbanization-related challenges such as a shortage of affordable housing and road congestion. At this relatively early stage of the urbanization process, today´s policies have great potential to affect future trends. Research on municipal tax collection, the construction industry, housing, and transportation, would be very relevant