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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Terror and tourism: How bad news can harm economic development

    Reporting on violence often draws attention to countries which are typically not covered by international news outlets, leading to a bad news bias which can affect the view that people hold on these countries and have serious economic consequences. Tourism offers a unique chance to study the effect of news because tourists from different countries evaluate the same...

    27 Aug 2020 | Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller

  • Publication - Project Report

    State capacity in Punjab’s local governments: Benchmarking existing deficits

    25 Aug 2020 | Gharad Bryan, Ali Cheema, Ameera Jamal, Asad Liaqat, Gerard Padró i Miquel

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of scaling up electric motorbikes in Rwanda

    Approximately one in five trips in Kigali are taken by petrol-fuelled motorcycle taxis, contributing to poor air quality, high demand for imported fuel, and rising Green House Gas emissions that contribute to climate change. This brief analyses the potential impact of scaling up the use of electric motorbikes to 100% (as a proportion of all motorbike taxis) in Kigali...

    24 Aug 2020 | Andrew Sudmant, Egide Kalisa, Jonathan Bower

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The COVID-19 impact on Ugandan supply chains: The importance of imports

    Ugandan firms do not operate in isolation: Supply chains depend on the quick supply of goods and services as inputs for productive activities. Crucially, Uganda sources these inputs both domestically as well as from foreign firms. This study first investigates the impact of COVID-19 at the outset of the pandemic on Uganda’s trade. Starting from the documented...

    18 Aug 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, John Spray

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    A roadmap for closing gender gaps in Bihar: Gender Responsive Budgeting

    Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is a globally recognised framework to mainstream gender in public planning and budgeting processes and mechanisms. In doing so, GRB paves the way for equitable and inclusive development and has been adopted in one form or the other in over 100 countries. India has led efforts on GRB in Asia, being one of the most relevant countries...

    17 Aug 2020 | Shrijna Dixon, Yamini Mishra

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Event report: Uganda Economic Growth Forum 2019

    The Economic Growth Forum 2019 was hosted by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) and co-hosted by the International Growth Centre (IGC). Following two successful high-level growth forums in 2017 and 2018, the aim of this forum was to identify actionable policy recommendations that could drive the country’s future economic growth performance...

    7 Aug 2020 |

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How should the government participate in the development of Uganda’s tourism sector to harness its full potential, apart from providing infrastructure?

    Global Travel & Tourism (T&T) industry is growing at a rapid pace and has accounted for fifth of all new jobs created in the world over the past 5 years. Compared to past decades, Uganda has recently shown progress in terms of tourism growth and development. Realising the potential of the tourism sector to contribute to national socioeconomic development, the...

    7 Aug 2020 | Boopen Seetanah, Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Enhancing property tax in Kampala: Successes, challenges, and next steps for increasing municipal revenue

    Property tax is a significant source of municipal revenues in Kampala, making up over 35% of own source revenues for the Kampala Capital City Authority. However, there is significant room for improvement. While legal exemptions and limited means of enforcement require legislative change to enhance revenues, in the short run improvements to valuation and efforts to...

    6 Aug 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal traders and COVID-19 in Africa: An opportunity to strengthen the social contract

    Government policy reactions to COVID-19, and peoples’ compliance with such measures, reveal the strength of the social contract between states and their citizens. In sub-Saharan Africa, informal traders often have a weak social contract with the state, and this has exacerbated their vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief examines the special...

    6 Aug 2020 | Danielle Resnick, Ella Spencer, Twivwe Siwale

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Making the most of investment in Uganda: The role of supplier development programmes

    Growing investment in Uganda offers an opportunity for policymakers to boost local production through supplier development programmes. This brief considers the potential benefits of such programmes in Uganda to both large firms and suppliers. It also considers best practice for implementation, drawing on evidence from such programmes in countries such as Mexico,...

    4 Aug 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Jakob Rauschendorfer