Francesca Guadagno

Francesca Guadagno is an Economist and International Consultant. Her research interests cover the broad area of innovation and development, with a focus on the role of public policies. She has considerable experience in policy-oriented research, working with the Asian Development Bank, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Gates Foundation, the E15 Initiative, ECDPM, UNIDO, UNCTAD, and WIPO.

Dr Guadagno holds a Master in Economics and Management of Innovation from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), a second Master in Management of Innovation from the Rotterdam School of Management (the Netherlands), and a PhD in Innovation Studies and Development from UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University (School of Business and Economics).

Content by Francesca Guadagno
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Horticulture, and wood and furniture industries in Tanzania: Performance, challenges, and potential policy approaches

    Manufacturing has long been considered an engine of economic growth and socio-economic development. Today, several developing countries are looking for the right industries that can trigger structural transformation. This brief discusses the cases of two agro-processing industries in Tanzania: horticultural processing, and wood and furniture. It discusses their...

    14 Jan 2020 | Francesca Guadagno, Samuel Mwita Wangwe, Michele Delera, André Castro

  • Blog post

    Industrialisation through natural resources: The case of horticulture, wood and furniture in Tanzania

    The horticulture, wood and furniture industries in Tanzania are still too small and inefficient. While the country lacks a concrete industrial strategy for these industries, a carefully designed policy mix with science, technology, and innovation at its core could make these industries thrive. Manufacturing has for long been considered an engine of economic growth and...

    13 Jan 2020 | Francesca Guadagno, Samuel Mwita Wangwe, Michele Delera, André Castro

  • Publication - Project Report, Working Paper

    Horticulture, and wood and furniture industries in Tanzania: Performance, challenges and potential policy approaches

    This paper analyses two resource-based manufacturing industries in Tanzania: processing of horticultural goods and wood products and furniture. In several developing countries resource-based industrialization has worked as an engine of structural transformation. In Tanzania, these industries are still too small and inefficient. While industrial policy could help address the...

    27 Nov 2019 | Francesca Guadagno, Samuel Mwita Wangwe, Michele Delera, André Castro

  • Project

    Industrial policies in the Tanzanian agro-processing industry: Challenges and policy responses

    Industrialisation is critical for job creation, income generation and sustainable long-run development. Tanzania will need to transform its economy in order to increase value addition in its export basket, tap into global value chains (GVCs) and, ultimately, provide its citizens with a better life. Industrial policy is an important but very delicate area of public policy...

    3 Jan 2019 | Samuel Mwita Wangwe, Francesca Guadagno, André Castro