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    Could the provision of a microcredit induce electricity uptake? Evidence from a randomised controlled trial in rural Tanzania

    The recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim at ensuring universal access to electricity by 2030. Consequently, since 2007, the government of Tanzania has devoted significant effort and resources to its rural electrification programme. Under this programme, households need to pay only TZS 27,000 (USD 13) to get connected to grid electricity,...

    7 Dec 2018 | Remidius Ruhinduka, Razack Lokina, Onesmo Selejio

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    Diagnosing energy-efficient and resilient urban development in Dar es Salaam: A spatial planning approach

    With a population of over 5 million people, Dar es Salaam is the largest city and economic hub of Tanzania. By 2050, it will be one of Africa’s largest megacities with a population exceeding 10 million people. Yet, what impact will future population growth have on residential energy use dynamics in the city? Enabling a sustainable and resilient energy transition in...

    7 Dec 2018 | Heather MacLean, Chibulu Luo

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    Analysis of the EAC Common External Tariff

    The Government of Tanzania is currently involved in the negotiations at the East African Community (EAC)-level of the rules of origin and the Common External Tariff (CET), which unifies the customs duties, import quotas, preferences and other non-tariff barriers across all Member States of the customs union. The leading government institutions for this project are the...

    26 Nov 2018 | Razack Lokina

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    Review of Rwanda's industrial policy

    This project responds to a request from the Government of Rwanda for advice in relation to the upcoming review of its industrial policy. The Government is keen to learn from experience with its existing industrial policy, and to use that insight to develop a range of interventions that can support rapid productivity growth and structural change over the 2050 time horizon....

    15 Nov 2018 | Ben Shepherd , Anna Twum

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    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

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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 - 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