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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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  • Effective planning for energy infrastructure in Mozambique

    Mozambique has access to enormous hydropower resources, including the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi River. Yet, one of the most often cited constraints to growth by the private sector is the quality and reliability of energy access. Research on effective planning for energy infrastructure can pave the way for fundamental policy change in this area.

  • The Economic cost of unserved electricity

    In a span of three decades, Ghana experienced five episodes of power crises with increasing duration and severity. The government together with various stakeholders is working to arrest the situation. However, the first step in determining the optimal level grid expansion and tolerable level and durations of power outages is an understanding of the socio-economic costs of unserved energy.

    IGC Ghana will appreciate studies which estimate the costs of unserved energy to the various sectors and to the economy as a whole.

  • Adressing challenges related to governance, efficiency, access, and renewables in the energy sector

    The large energy subsidy is the principal component of the ballooning fiscal deficit, and energy shortages have retarded economic growth. The solution lies in addressing governance challenges to curtail theft in order to improve billing collection. Another important area is the fuel mix that requires changing relative prices to reallocate fuel to its optimal use. This will help make the provision of energy financially viable which, in turn will attract investment, improve access and promote economic growth.

    IGC Pakistan reflecting this change in focus, will support analytical work to promote evidence based policy making in energy.

  • Welfare effects of electrification around planned grid expansion and off-grid efforts

  • Power sector market structure

    Effects of state enterprises, limited competition; role of electricity markets