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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

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    Case studies: Private enterprises in fragile situations

    This IGC country case study series explores the relationship between the private sector, state fragility, and conflict in fragile environments. The case studies analyse how fragility and conflict shape economic activity and private sector development, and vice versa, in these countries. They also draw lessons from these countries' experiences and discuss the outlook for...

    14 Jun 2018 |

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    Women’s political empowerment in Ghana

    This study encouraged women’s participation in grassroots politics in Ghana and then study the effects of greater women’s participation on local political and economic outcomes. The randomised field experiment with a civic education intervention was conducted in partnership with Ghana’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE). The study found common...

    4 Jun 2018 | Nahomi Ichino, Noah Nathan

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    Unemployment, self-employment, and labour market functioning in Ethiopia

    Two aspects of developing country labour markets receiving a lot of attention, in particular in Ethiopia, are unemployment and small-scale or "necessity" entrepreneurship. In urban Ethiopia for instance, youth unemployment rates lie around 15%, and the self-employment rate reaches almost 40% (2011 Urban Employment Unemployment Survey). While this indicates a clear need for...

    31 May 2018 | Markus Poschke

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    Remote sensing for measuring housing supply in Kigali

    This project tests the ability of remote sensing to cost-effectively monitor and measure housing supply in data-poor cities, and demonstrates the usefulness and limitations of the resulting data for i) analyses of housing market and density trends, and ii) computerised mass land valuations. This project thus supports two core components of the IGC's Rwandan (and...

    30 May 2018 | Felix Bachofer, Sally Murray

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    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

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    State support for the agricultural sector in the EAC

    As the members of the East African Community (EAC) negotiate the harmonisation of their domestic and border tax policies, agriculture and food security remain among the prioritised key areas of cooperation. Given the vital role of the agricultural sector and the importance of improving food security in EAC countries, policymakers face strong political incentives to consider...

    21 Feb 2018 | Kym Anderson, Signe Nelgen, Derek Apell

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    Monitoring emerging small towns in Tanzania: A ‘proof of concept’

    Tanzania’s President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) worries that many Emerging Small Towns (ESTs) in the country are still officially recognised as rural locations. Estimates indicate that there may be as many as 800 ESTs. PO-RALG has identified the lack of accurate and timely information on ESTs as a major obstacle to sound policy...

    20 Feb 2018 | Neil Chalmers, Joachim De Weerdt, Hanne Van Cappellen