Jonathan Bower

Jonathan Bower is a Country Economist at the IGC in Rwanda. He holds an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London (with Distinction) and a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. Prior to joining the IGC, he spent three years in Rwanda working in policy research administration and resource mobilization at peacebuilding organisation Aegis Trust. In 2010-2013 he was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow, then Resource Economist focusing on agriculture, at the Land Resources Division in Secretariat of the Pacific Community. His research interests include urban spatial development, affordable housing, infrastructure, municipal finance, and firm productivity.

Content by Jonathan Bower
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Housing need in Kigali: Findings and policy reflections

    16 Jul 2019 | Jonathan Bower, Sally Murray

  • Publication - Project Report

    Housing need in Kigali

    10 Jul 2019 | Jonathan Bower, Sally Murray, Robert Buckley, Laura Wainer

  • Project

    Housing need in Kigali

    The Government of Rwanda would like to understand the quantity of housing need in Kigali, and to update it from an earlier 2012 study conducted by the European Union, as well as to understand how to expand low-cost housing. This project estimates: i) the quantity of housing needed in Kigali, Rwanda; and ii) the purchasing power of tenant and mortgage-holding...

    8 Jan 2019 | Jonathan Bower, Sally Murray, Robert Buckley, Laura Wainer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Improving teacher management and professional development: A survey of the policy landscape in Rwanda

    An important policy question in Rwanda is how can schools attract, motivate, develop, and retain skilled teachers who will deliver positive learning outcomes. The centralisation of the hiring and teacher allocation process, proposed to take place in the 2018/19 school years, provides an opportunity to address the challenges associated with this policy question. ...

    7 Jan 2019 | Andrew Zeitlin, Jonathan Bower

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Harnessing the potential of ICT for education in Rwanda

    The Government of Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan describes the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in general as “fundamental” to achieving the socio-economic development outlined in Vision 2050, and its use in education as “critical”. Technology in education has significant potential to increase equality of access to and use of...

    7 Jan 2019 | Andrew Zeitlin, Jonathan Bower

  • Blog post

    Challenges and choices in the Rwandan education system: R3 roundtable discussion

    Education is a vital part of any economic growth strategy. However, implementation in Rwanda must overcome a number of challenges including dropout rates, nutrition, teaching hours, teacher recruitment and management, and the need to develop a reading culture. In this blog post, Jonathan Bower describes presentations by researchers from Laterite and from Georgetown...

    7 Jan 2019 | Jonathan Bower