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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Electricity usage: An early signal of the impact of COVID-19 on Uganda’s economy

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda has put in place swift policy responses, including country-wide restrictions on the movement of people and a national curfew. A critical challenge throughout this period has been a lack of timely economic indicators to better understand both the effects of the health crisis and of government policies in response. ...

    30 Mar 2021 | Nicole Ntungire, Leonard Gichia, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Project Report

    Scoping study: Using network theory to promote adoption of new agricultural technologies in Sierra Leone

    This report overviews the key findings from a feasibility study conducted in Sierra Leone that tested one such proposed bundled intervention. Specifically, the bundled intervention that this report seeks to validate consists of three main activities: (i) rural electrification, (ii) access to productive farming technology, and (iii) extension services and improved market access.

    30 Mar 2021 | Kurtis Lockhart, Barbara Cardona, Anthea Piong

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Engagement with local religious leaders to combat COVID-19 in Pakistan

    COVID-19 remains a threat for the Pakistani economy and health care system. In this environment, congregational prayers, including obligatory Friday prayers, present significant risks for transmission of the virus if not managed properly. This policy brief measures the impact of one-on-one engagement with local religious leadership on the compliance of public health...

    25 Mar 2021 | Maniha Aftab, Syed Uzair Junaid, Lala Rukh Khan, Katherine Vyborny

  • Publication - Project Report

    Taxation and political participation in Sierra Leone

    25 Mar 2021 | Darin Christensen, Kevin Grieco

  • Publication - Case study

    AgDevCo in Malawi: A case study of the higher costs – and notable impact – of investing in challenging contexts

    Firms and investors face high risks and costs when entering and operating in challenging environments, but their investments can provide considerable social and economic benefits. This case study explores how AgDevCo’s investments in Malawi demonstrate these dynamics and motivate the case for public funding to be used to offset the costs of pioneering in difficult settings.

    22 Mar 2021 | Chris Isaac, Sarah Logan

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Strengthening development finance in fragile contexts

    Pioneering firms have the potential to achieve significant social and economic benefits in fragile and conflict‑affected settings. However, these contexts involve higher risks and costs, which dissuades pioneers and investors. In this policy paper, we argue that the public good these firms provide warrants the use of public funds to offset the costs of pioneering in these...

    22 Mar 2021 | Paul Collier, Sebastian Kriticos, Camilla Sacchetto , Sarah Logan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Is there an urban wage premium in Rwanda?

    This paper uses household data from Rwanda to analyse the urban wage premium and urban consumption premium. We find that both nominal wage and nominal consumption of workers in Rwanda are significantly higher in urban areas than in rural areas - and correlate to city size - even when individual characteristics are controlled for. This implies some form of agglomeration...

    22 Mar 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Sakshi Gupta, Carlo Menon

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods and mental health among the urban poor in India

     With a population of 1.3 billion people, of which many are informal workers lacking access to social security, India faces significant policy challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown. Based on surveys of husbands and wives in urban clusters of Delhi, this study provides evidence on the immediate and near-term impact of the crisis on the...

    22 Mar 2021 | Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy

  • Publication - Project Report

    Livelihoods and mental well-being during COVID-19: A study using matched husband-wife-friend data in urban India

    This study estimates the immediate and near-term impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered aspects of employment and mental health of urban informal sector workers in India.

    22 Mar 2021 | Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Transforming the vision of Kigali: The economic case for investing in public parks

    Major public green spaces define the vision and lifestyle of great cities. Several great African cities have their own major central parks but, as of 2020, Kigali does not. Investing in a system of public parks would transform the vision of the city. Rwanda has a laudable set of policies and plans for public green spaces, but political will and funding are needed to...

    15 Mar 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Remy Ruberambuga, Patrick McSharry