Derek Apell

Derek is a country economist for IGC Rwanda. He holds a Masters in Policy Economics from Williams College and a Bachelor of Statistics from Makerere University, Kampala. Prior to joining the IGC, Derek worked at the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda as a team leader in charge of welfare and inequality analysis using household consumption data.

Content by Derek Apell
  • Blog post

    Lighting up Rwanda: Assessing the demand for pay-as-you-go lighting

    The government of Rwanda has successfully increased the rate of electrification, from 10% in 2010 to 43% in 2018. However, for 57% of the population without electricity, the alternative energy sources include traditional biomass, kerosene, and rechargeable lamps which can harm respiratory health and the environment. In 2017, the Rwandan government launched a universal...

    26 Apr 2019 | Uppari Bhavani Shankar, Netessine Serguei, Ioana Popescu, Rowan Clarke, Martin Visser, Derek Apell

  • Project

    State support for the agricultural sector in the EAC

    As the members of the East African Community (EAC) negotiate the harmonisation of their domestic and border tax policies, agriculture and food security remain among the prioritised key areas of cooperation. Given the vital role of the agricultural sector and the importance of improving food security in EAC countries, policymakers face strong political incentives to consider...

    21 Feb 2018 | Kym Anderson, Signe Nelgen, Derek Apell

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Transforming Uganda’s agricultural sector for sustained economic growth

    The recent slowdown of Uganda’s economy has drawn the attention of leaders at all levels of political office. Analysts have cited the poor performance of the agriculture sector as a major underlying cause. Agricultural productivity in Uganda is below its potential – constrained by limited use of modern farming methods. Weather is increasingly volatile, yet few...

    31 Jan 2018 | Nathan Fiala, Derek Apell