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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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  • Global and national prospects and risks; comparative studies

    The large economies of East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique) have all embarked on major programmes of natural resource exploration and production. The decline in global commodity prices, combined with increased supply from other natural resource plays around the world, has changed the outlook for East African oil and gas, including by pushing ‘final investment decision’ dates further into the future. What are the implications of this changing outlook for national and regional initiatives in the sector?

  • Improving energy access and efficiency

  • How to prioritise the grid roll-out, and investments in off-grid energy?

  • What is the role and impact of off-grid versus on-grid energy in Rwanda?

  • How can Rwanda most efficiently deliver affordable, reliable, energy to boost firm productivity?