Ritwika Sen

Ritwika Sen was formerly IGC Country Economist for Uganda.

She holds a B.A. (H) in Economics from the University of Delhi, and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the IGC, Ritwika worked as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda, focusing on aid coordination, planning & budgeting, and monitoring & evaluation.

Content by Ritwika Sen
  • Project

    Reviewing Uganda’s 2017 National Export Action Plan

    Uganda’s Export Promotion Action Plan prioritises export-oriented growth to attain middle income status by 2020. In April 2017, the Uganda National Planning Authority (NPA) invited the IGC to review the Export Promotion Action Plan. According to the NPA, the IGC’s recommendations informed not only the Export Action Plan, but a number of other policy papers ...

    16 Jan 2019 | Ritwika Sen, Richard Newfarmer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Opportunities in Uganda’s Arabica value chain

    Coffee is an important part of the Ugandan economy, stably generating around 15% of export earnings for the past 15 years, even as other exports have risen. Uganda produces 1% of the world’s Arabica crop, but while its production is increasing and is highly competitive, it has been overlooked by trade and consumers. The project explored two policy options for...

    7 Jan 2019 | Ameet Morjaria, Martin Sprott, Jenny Scharrer, Ritwika Sen

  • Project

    Responding to the US threat to remove AGOA preferences - Rwanda

    The second-hand clothing ban in the East African Community (EAC) is a policy whose proposed goal is to spur the development of the local EAC apparel industry. The U.S. Administration, under President Donald Trump, has threatened to remove trade preferences that are provided to EAC countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) if they do not reverse the...

    29 Oct 2018 | Garth Frazer, Victor Steenbergen, Ritwika Sen

  • Project

    Responding to the US threat to remove AGOA preferences - Uganda

    The second-hand clothing ban in the East African Community (EAC) is a policy whose proposed goal is to spur the development of the local EAC apparel industry. The U.S. Administration, under President Donald Trump, has threatened to remove trade preferences that are provided to EAC countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) if they do not reverse the...

    23 Aug 2018 | Garth Frazer, Victor Steenbergen, Ritwika Sen

  • Project

    Firm-level technology adoption and investment in training

    In developing countries, firms produce using technologies farther away from the frontier, and workers have lower education and formal training. It has long been argued that skills and technology are complementary (see, for example, Foster and Rosenzweig 1996). As a result, the lower skill endowment of workers may reduce the incentives of firms to invest in technology, and...

    22 Feb 2018 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Esau Tugume, Ritwika Sen, Raffaela Muoio

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Reform of the EAC Common External Tariff: Evidence from trade costs

    16 Nov 2017 | Ben Shepherd , Jaime de Melo, Ritwika Sen

  • Project

    Reform of the EAC Common External Tariff

    The Common External Tariff (CET) of the East African Community (EAC) is due for potential reform in November 2017. Manufacturers associations in the large EAC countries are pressing for additional tariff bands and greater protection, with the stated aim of promoting backward linkages and value chain development. This direction is dangerous in a dynamic sense, as it sets the...

    16 Nov 2017 | Ben Shepherd , Jaime de Melo, Ritwika Sen

  • Publication - Policy note

    Agricultural transformation and urbanisation in Uganda

    20 Jan 2017 | Douglas Gollin, Ritwika Sen

  • Publication - Policy Brief, Policy note

    Maximising the impact of FDI on domestic industrial capabilities and job creation

    20 Dec 2016 | Ritwika Sen, Sarah Logan