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  • Publication - Policy paper

    From car-free days to pollution-free cities: Reflections on clean urban transport in Rwanda

    East Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing cities and levels of traffic congestion, air pollution, and vehicle accidents are rising. Rwanda, with its rapidly growing urbanisation rate, faces a major challenge: to decouple the growth of cities and urban mobility from air pollution. Using high-quality data, this policy paper adds to existing research...

    3 Aug 2021 | Egide Kalisa, Andrew Sudmant, Remy Ruberambuga, Jonathan Bower

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    City of dreams no more, a year on: Worklessness and active labour market policies in urban India

    Ten months on from the lockdown months of April to June 2020 in India, we conducted a new field survey in lower-income states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh during February and March 2021. The new survey expanded coverage of the target group through a boost sample of individuals who have lost work due to the pandemic. Forty percent of recontacted workers...

    3 Aug 2021 | Swati Dhingra, Fjolla Kondirolli

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Pollution in Ugandan cities: Do managers avoid it or adapt in place?

    Developing countries suffer from rising urban pollution levels, with associated negative effects on health and worker productivity. We study how managers in developing country cities cope with the polluted environment. We collect high resolution pollution measurements within Ugandan cities and match these with a novel firm survey. We find that firms locate in close...

    3 Aug 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Matthew Kahn, Tommaso Porzio, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Jeanne Sorin

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    Publication - Policy Brief

    Can gender-transformative education make young men less violent?

    Violence against women and girls is pervasive in India. Working with young men from an early age to transform traditional gender norms has been proposed as a potential solution to reduce violence against women and girls. However, little is known about whether young men who are exposed to gender-transformative life skills education turn out to be less violent. This...

    27 Jul 2021 | K. Santhya, Francis Zavier

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Implementing the new Industrial Policy in Uganda: Key lessons from cross-country experience

    Leveraging industrialisation for growth in the long run in Uganda will require active policy reform to address key constraints to value addition and to unlock globally competitive production. In light of this, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has developed a revised 2021 Industrial Policy which provides direction to Uganda’s future industrialisation...

    22 Jul 2021 | Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    IGC evidence on climate change, development, and COP26

    In June 2021, the IGC submitted this written evidence to a International Development Committee Inquiry examining, ahead of COP26 in November 2021, the progress the UK Government has made putting climate change at the centre of aid policy.

    20 Jul 2021 |

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in low- and middle-income countries and recommendations to increase uptake

    This study, published in Nature Medicine, analyses willingness to vaccinate against COVID-19 from surveys covering 10 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. Willingness to vaccinate is considerably higher in these low- and middle-income countries (80% of respondents) than in the United States (65%) and Russia (30%). The results...

    19 Jul 2021 |

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking prices during COVID-19 in Kenya and Uganda

    This project serves as a proof of concept exploring whether it is possible to collect high-quality, high-frequency price data at scale through a crowd-sourcing approach. We collected over 39,000 price quotes of essential food items in Kenya and Uganda between April 2020 and mid-March 2021, featuring a wide geographic coverage. The findings suggest that prices were...

    9 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Saas, bahu, and ASHA: Information diffusion and behavioural change in rural Bihar

    Our study shows that Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers have enhanced awareness of maternal and child health issues, leading to substantial behavioural change.

    9 Jul 2021 | Mousumi Dutta, Saswata Ghosh, Zakir Husain

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Ensuring food security during pandemics: Lessons from the COVID-19 lockdown in Bihar

    The lockdown to contain COVID-19 was expected to threaten food security and lead to a deterioration of nutritional status, particularly of women and children. A two-part study of six districts in Bihar compared dietary practices of women and their youngest child between pre-lockdown and lockdown periods. It found a decline in dietary practices among women and that...

    9 Jul 2021 | Zakir Husain, Saswata Ghosh, Mousumi Dutta