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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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  • Municipal financing and revenue mobilization strategies

  • Rehabilitating the agricultural industry and establishing how it can contribute to the country’s overall economic growth

    It is widely agreed that one area of great potential for South Sudan is within agriculture. The green belt region of South Sudan, with its abundance of fertile land, has a lot of potential. Therefore, the government is looking for research around rehabilitating the agricultural industry and establishing how it can contribute to the country’s overall economic growth.

  • Strategies and background on inter-state commerce

    The Ministry of Trade, Investment and Industry is interested in promoting more integration between states. Therefore, they are looking for strategies and background on inter-state commerce.

  • East African Community integration and overall trade strategies

    In November 2014, South Sudan began negotiating its accession to the East African Community (EAC). The talks have been relatively accelerated, with the technical negotiations now completed, indicating the positive commitment from all sides for South Sudan joining the EAC. If South Sudan is admitted to the EAC, it will have a transition period to implement the Customs Union and the Common Market Protocol provisions and thus any research around East African Community integration and overall trade strategies

  • Identifying demobilization, disarmament and reintegration strategies

    As South Sudan emerges from conflict, there will also need to be concerted efforts in the area of demobilization, disarmament and reintegration strategies. There may be experiences from other countries that could be useful to South Sudan in this area.