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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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  • 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

  • Natural resource management in Mozambique

    Over the past decade significant reserves of natural resources have been discovered in Mozambique, including large quantities of coal and natural gas. This constitutes a fundamental game-changer for the Mozambican economy. Identifying the right policies to manage natural resources is a major challenge for Mozambique today.

  • Establishing the basis for effective industrial policy in Mozambique

    The government is particularly interested in improving policies for specific sectors where Mozambique has the potential to be competitive internationally while building sustainable value chains.

  • Financial inclusion using mobile technologies

    The IGC Mozambique is interested in research that identifies strategies to improve financial inclusion through mobile technologies.

  • Macroeconomic stability

    Mozambique has recently experienced a debt and currency crisis. Policy advice in the area of macroeconomic stability is particularly important for Mozambique at this point in time.