International Growth Centre

The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.

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  • Publication - Policy note

    IGC cities research programme

    One of the main challenges the IGC addresses through its research is the rapidly growing rates of urbanisation in developing countries. Through increased density and the creation of productive clusters, this process brings with it both promises of important economic growth and prosperity as well as threats of congestion, contagion, and crime. The IGC Cities Programme...

    18 Feb 2016 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    IGC Mozambique 2017-18 Workplan

    The IGC is contributing to policy in Mozambique mainly through its work on private sector development and state effectiveness. Within these broad themes, we have been particularly active in the areas of access to financial services through mobile money, as well as the construction industry. Current projects include research into the impact of mobile money, an evaluation...

    15 Feb 2016 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Policy note

    Growth and distribution: The Bangladesh experience

    Since the turn of the 1990s Bangladesh’s GDP growth has embarked on a rising trajectory, taking the Bangladesh economy to a substantially higher growth path. Growth of GDP accelerated from about 3.7 percent in the first two decades to 4.8 percent in the 1990s and further to 5.8 percent in the 2000s. The growth spurt, in combination with continued slowdown in population...

    9 Nov 2015 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Policy note

    India-Central programme research projects

    Since its inception in 2010, IGC India Central has funded 130 research projects pertaining to policy relevant issues in priority areas. This paper highlights the completed projects of the IGC’s India-Central programme under the following focus areas: Macroeconomics and finance Manufacturing, productivity, labour markets Agriculture Urbanisation and...

    4 Sep 2015 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Policy note

    Energy, growth, and development research projects

    The paper highlights a selection of the IGC’s research projects in the energy sector. The large and important role that access to reliable energy will play in shaping the growth trajectories of developing countries is at the core of IGC’s energy research agenda on energy and growth. Our energy research drives at answering four key questions: How can access to...

    25 Aug 2015 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication -

    IGC annual report to DFID 2014-2015

    The IGC aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. We seek to improve growth policy and strengthen policy making in our partner countries, to expand the global knowledge frontier on policies to generate growth in developing countries and to communicate our findings with the aim of...

    8 Jun 2015 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Project Memo

    The economic implications of Ebola (Project Memo)

    17 Nov 2014 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    Research Strategy

    The IGC funds high-quality research relevant to growth policy in developing countries. This document lays out the strategy that underpins this research and what follows builds on the Phase I Research Strategy. The IGC Research Programme was conceived to help generate a richer understanding of the process of economic growth and the required policy and institutional...

    16 Sep 2014 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    IGC annual report to DFID 2013-2014

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) has created an innovative demand-led model for linking research and policy, using frontier research to generate new ideas and to support independent policy advice to promote sustainable growth in developing countries. During 2013/14, the IGC has continued to develop this model, bringing together the best minds in academia with key...

    11 Sep 2014 | International Growth Centre

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Our Work

    The IGC's Our Work Brochure highlights research in our 15 Country Programmes and four Research Programmes, as well as our Events and Online Engagement.

    3 Sep 2014 | International Growth Centre

  • Blog post

    Determinants of the exchange rate and policy implications for Zambia

    Exchange rate policy in Zambia – as in most countries – excites a certain amount of emotion and controversy. On one side, politicians often want to see a ‘strong’ currency (i.e. where a unit of the local currency buys more rather than less foreign currency), since imports, especially those of consumption goods, would then be cheaper. On the other side, many...

    14 Jan 2014 | International Growth Centre

  • Blog post

    Evaluating the effects of microfinance

    According to the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, microfinance reaches more than 175 million of the poorest families and is helping 100 million of those families rise out of poverty. That so many have been reached shows just how far microfinance institutions (MFIs) have come since the early days in rural Bangladesh 40 years ago. Financial services are now...

    6 Dec 2013 | International Growth Centre