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    Kamyab Pakistan Programme: Making it green and gender-inclusive

    The Kamyab Pakistan Programme (KPP) was launched by the Prime Minister on October 4 2021 to address low-income households’ vulnerability to income shocks. Under KPP, the government will provide subsidised, interest-free microloans to 3.7 million families over a period of five years to support growth of small firms and farms. The KPP aims to reduce poverty and transition...

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

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    Evaluating a novel approach for expanding the pool of entrepreneurs creating SGBs in Myanmar

    This project will try to understand what characteristics and skills entrepreneurs need to succeed. The researchers will then use an iterative design thinking process and pilot interventions to test whether a mostly psychological intervention can make early-stage entrepreneurs believe in their own ability to improve in any skill and have the skillset for actually doing so....

    3 Aug 2022 | Louise Guillouet, Reka Zempleni

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    Gender discrimination in access to capital: Experimental evidence from Ethiopian SBGs

    Gender discrimination against entrepreneurs may drive gender gaps in access to capital and subsequently reduce the performance of female-owned businesses. This raises concerns about gender equity, but also growth: by misallocating capital, discrimination can reduce the returns to capital and thereby reduce productivity and economic growth. Using a randomized experiment, the...

    3 Aug 2022 | Shanthi Manian, Ketki Sheth

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    Hiring frictions and growth among small firms: Evidence from an internet platform-based experiment

    This project uses randomisation of access to an online job portal for firms seeking entry-level workers in Bangalore, India to test whether frictions in the labour recruitment process constrain the growth and productivity of small and growing firms. Specifically, the experiment will test whether online portals can do screening and background verifications to improve...

    3 Aug 2022 | A Nilesh Fernando, Niharika Singh, Gabriel Tourek

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    Accelerating investment into women-led start-ups

    This research will examine whether two interventions affect investor behaviour regarding women-led firms: the use of revenue sharing investment models and mindset training around gender bias. The initial stage will establish a basis for understanding the potential mechanisms through which investment structures and mindset training could affect investor activity, with an...

    3 Aug 2022 | Saurabh Lall, Amisha Miller

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    Evaluating the returns to high-quality employees in medium-sized firms

    This project will determine whether facilitating access to highly skilled employees for medium-sized enterprises can have a positive impact on firms’ business practices and overall growth trajectory. Specifically, the researchers will use a randomised experiment on Open Capital Advisors’ managerial secondment model to examine the extent to which the introduction of a...

    3 Aug 2022 | Gregory Van Pelt Lane, Erin Kelley, Vittorio Bassi

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    Targeting consulting services to high-growth entrepreneurs

    This pilot project will examine entrepreneur selection and matching for training programs as well as the ultimate impact of matching strategies on entrepreneur outcomes. Specifically, the researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of various marketing strategies in selecting entrepreneurs that have high potential for growth and improving the effectiveness of the training...

    3 Aug 2022 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Vittorio Bassi

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    What do high-growth entrepreneurs in Africa want?

    This project will take advantage of a large dataset from VC4Africa containing information on start-ups, investors, and entrepreneur support organisations in Africa. The researchers will build this dataset out further with new survey data on the decision-making processes of entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to serve as the basis for planned field experiments to...

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli

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    Measuring and managing impact: A field experiment

    Investors and firms face uncertainty over how to measure and manage impact, an uncertainty that introduces severe challenges when trying to evaluate the growth of firms in low-income countries across both financial and impact metrics. This project aims to be a large-scale causal examination of impact management and measurement (IMM) practices in Low Income Countries (LICs)....

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Tanuja Kate

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    Inclusive international trade: Assisting female-led firms

    While many lower- and middle-income countries aim to grow and diversify their exports, enabling small and medium sized firms to export and enter global value chains remains a key challenge. This is particularly true for female-led firms, which only compose 5-10% of all firms in the MENA region and overall less than 20% in other parts of the Global South. So far, there is...

    3 Aug 2022 | Amira Bouziri, Fabian Scheifele, Florian Münch, Teo Firpo