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    Guidance on 'One-District, One Factory'

    Ghana has begun an ambitious policy of building one new factory in each of its 216 districts. This study provides guidance on which types of factories would be most viable in each district. The study concludes that several unexploited primary resources exist in almost each district, and highlights the challenges districts are likely to face when trying to process...

    26 Sep 2018 | David Lagakos, James Dzansi, Henry Telli

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    Exploring scalable, efficient innovations to improve tax compliance among MSMEs

    In Zambia, tax compliance rates are very low, especially among the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Concerns have been raised by some MSMEs that the current institutions, modes, and approaches employed in taxing MSMEs are outdated, costly, or otherwise cumbersome. The objective of this research project is to explore the possible barriers to and solutions for...

    25 Sep 2018 | Dan Pemstein, Brigitte Seim, Twivwe Siwale

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    The institutional and urban design of Gwadar City

    This study on Gwadar City explores the optimal administrative structure and policy initiatives feeding into its urban design, that can help spur economic growth in the region, along the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The study will carry out a review of success and failure of new economic cities and special economic zones (SEZs) around the world, supplemented by...

    17 Sep 2018 | Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar, Komal Shakeel, Liou Xie

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    Investigating the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficient brick kilns

    Conventional brick kilns—Bull’s Trench Kiln (BTK)—in Pakistan’s Punjab province are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and harmful particulates which exacerbate climate change and deteriorate ambient air quality. Targeting emissions from brick kilns provides an avenue for Punjab’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to bring the provincial...

    17 Sep 2018 | Faiza Sharif, Sanval Nasim, Ijaz Nabi

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    Responding to the US threat to remove AGOA preferences

    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

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    The spatial distribution of health services in Zambia

    While a lack of resources has been identified as a major issue in the health sector in many developing countries, little is known about misallocation of health resources within countries as a hindrance to health care provision. Existing evidence on the distribution of health workers across regions in African countries points towards large spatial imbalances and some have...

    20 Aug 2018 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter

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    Implementing the National Development Strategy: The pigeon pea value chain

    This project aims to support the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy & Finance in identifying policy measures to stimulate the development of the pigeon pea value chain. Pigeon pea is a highly promising crop that could potentially play an important role in the transformation of the Mozambican countryside, poverty reduction and foreign exchange earnings...

    17 Aug 2018 | Jorrit Oppewal, Alberto Da Cruz

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    The effects of the disruption of the pigeon pea export market on household food security and well-being in Mozambique

    Pigeon pea production in the countryside of Central and Northern Mozambique has grown exponentially over the past decade, on the back of rising demand from India. The high prices, combined with favorable agronomic characteristics, ensured that the number of farmers cultivating this pulse surpassed 1 million by 2016. However, an additional push by the Indian Government to...

    26 Jul 2018 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal, Mattia Polvanesi

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    Support to Ethnic Armed Organisations' Economic Working Committee for Peace Negotiations

    Increasing attention is now given to the importance of addressing economic issues in peace agreements, as this can help to address root causes of conflict and lay a foundation for a sustainable economic framework. Conversely, if economic issues are not adequately addressed during the peace process, this can drive a return to conflict and create instability. Precisely which...

    19 Jun 2018 | Paul Minoletti

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    Improving teaching and learning: Experiments on teacher incentives and training in Uganda

    In low-income countries, primary school students often fall far below grade level and primary dropout rates remain high. Further, in some countries, educators encourage their weaker students to dropout before reaching the end of primary school. These educators hope to avoid the negative attention that authorities direct to a school when its students perform poorly on the...

    15 Jun 2018 | Daniel Gilligan, Naureen Karachiwalla, Ibrahim Kasirye, Adrienne Lucas, Derek Neal