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
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Prioritising agricultural research and development for economic growth in Rwanda

    The Rwandan government recognizes agriculture's importance towards achieving its medium-term development objectives. Successive strategic plans since PSTA-1 (2007) have included substantial increases in total allocations to agriculture. Officials face difficult decisions allocating limited resources across sectors and activities. In a high- performance context,...

    28 Jun 2021 | Abdullah Al-Mamun, Derek Apell, David Laborde, Will Martin

  • Publication - Project Report

    Incentives in support of the agricultural sector in the East African Community (EAC)

    18 May 2021 | Kym Anderson, Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Incentives to support agriculture in the East African Community: Lessons for Rwanda

    As one of the potential drivers of Rwanda’s economic growth, agro-processing industries are supported with measures including tax incentives, import tariff protection, and supporting infrastructure. Analysis of Rwanda’s agricultural market shows substantial policy weight is assigned to staple cereal crops such as rice, maize, and wheat – translating into price...

    18 May 2021 | Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen, Kym Anderson

  • Publication - Project Report

    Prioritising agriculture-related research and innovation for growth and poverty reduction in Rwanda

    Agricultural research and development (R&D) has been found to be a powerful engine for poverty reduction worldwide. Based on experience in other countries, it seems likely that raising investment in agricultural from around 0.44 percent of agricultural GDP to the African Union target of 1 percent of agricultural GDP might increase agricultural productivity by around 50...

    6 May 2021 | Abdullah Al-Mamun, Derek Apell, David Laborde, William John Martin

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Rwandan coffee exports during COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for increased resilience

    The decade before the COVID-19 pandemic was characterised by significant improvement in the quality of Rwandan coffee and increased export revenues. To understand the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for the Rwandan coffee sector, the IGC (in collaboration with NAEB and CEPAR) conducted a survey of exporters between June and December 2020. The findings suggest...

    15 Apr 2021 | Derek Apell, Ameet Morjaria

  • Publication - Project Report

    Rwandan coffee exports during COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for increased resilience

    15 Apr 2021 | Derek Apell, Ameet Morjaria

  • Project

    COVID-19 impact on Rwanda's coffee sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a global economic downturn, disrupting most dimensions of human life. This is seen particularly in international trade. Control measures, implemented to stem the spread of infection, have come at a sharp economic cost across the world. The firms most affected are those that rely on human contact. This includes the hospitality...

    15 Aug 2020 | Derek Apell, Ameet Morjaria

  • Blog post

    Rwanda’s response to COVID-19 and future challenges

    Containment efforts have been effective; however, an impending global recession means the economic impacts of the pandemic will continue to be felt. In Rwanda, as of 19 May 2020, there have been 297 cases of COVID-19, of which 94 are active. There have been no deaths. These statistics are remarkable for the low number of cases and the fact that there have been no deaths so...

    19 May 2020 | Jonathan Bower, Derek Apell, Anna Twum, Adia Umulisa

  • Blog post

    Incentives in support of agriculture in the East African Community

    Since the East African Community (EAC) common market protocol was ratified in 2009, tremendous progress has been made in reducing transport and logistics costs as well as barriers to trade. However, that pace of regional cooperation appears to have slowed. To achieve regional objectives in the EAC, a more concerted effort could instil trust in the benefits of integration....

    18 Nov 2019 | Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen, Kym Anderson

  • 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