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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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  • Economic Diversification and Local Content Enhancement on the Copperbelt Mining Zone

    The economy of the Copperbelt province is heavily dependent on mining. Consequently, it has remained vulnerable to swings in copper prices and copper production. Government is concerned with reducing the growth vulnerabilities of the region through economic diversification as well we participation in the mineral value chain through local content enhancement.

    Research in this area should look at opportunities for industrial and economic diversification on the Copperbelt and unbundle feasible opportunities for local content in the Mining sector.

  • Enhancing local and Foreign Direct Investment in Zambia‚Äôs Industrial Sector

    The Zambian government is developing a National Investment Promotion Strategy aimed at growing local and FDI in the country. Research questions might address the key drivers of FDI and the efficacy of investment promotion agencies.

    Research in this area could also look at the policy and institutional bottlenecks that currently exist as well as ways of overcoming these in enhancing investment growth.

  • 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

  • How can improvements been made in agricultural value chains to encourage more trader competition and better domestic trade?

  • Could digital finance improve SME and microenterprise growth?