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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

    Sustainable peace arrangements should be built upon sound economic principles. This project supported those groups who have so far signed up to Myanmar’s National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to identify common economic issues throughout the country’s regions, and how they can best be addressed by both national and regional governments. For such an ethnically...

    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

    In Kigali, data on the building stock of the city is poor. This inhibits efforts towards land valuation, and the increased tax revenues that can arise from that. This project tested the potential of remote sensing, specifically satellite imagery, as a cost-effective way to monitor the city’s building stock, and how it has changed over time. Researchers created a...

    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, Raffaela Muoio