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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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  • 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.

  • Municipal revenue financing in developing cities

    As Kampala city grows rapidly, it will need to make the necessary investments in infrastructure as well as to ensure the delivery of quality public services. However, to do so, it will need to raise its revenue base in a context where compliance is already low.

  • How can urban authorities create an environment that attracts private investment and creates jobs?

    Kampala is on the path to become a consumption city, with poor employment prospects for rural migrants. As the city grows on a daily basis, the authorities have to grapple with the question about how to increase productivity thereby improving employment prospects for its citizens.

  • What impacts will the regional power pool have, and are the planned investments in transmission adequate?

    With large hydropower dams in construction and generation capacity almost doubling by 2019, the most pressing (but not the only) questions in Uganda’s energy sector evolve around distribution and transmission. What impact(s) will the regional power pool have on lessening the percentage of the population, with no access to electricity?

  • Does Uganda underinvest in energy efficiency measures?

    Increasing energy efficiency would allow serving more customers with the same generation capacity. Does the current pricing structure incentivise consumers according to this trade-off? What can the government do to achieve the right level of energy efficiency investments nationwide?