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  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Risk and resilience: Agricultural adaptation to climate change in developing countries

    Successful adaptation to climate change will require more accurate weather forecasts that can inform investment and production decisions, alongside financial products that can help farmers manage shocks. Key messages: Climate change will make agriculture less productive Adapting to higher weather variability will be more challenging than adapting to increases in...

    29 Mar 2022 | Kelsey Jack, Nick Wilkinson

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Trading up: Harnessing the AfCFTA for growth in Uganda

    The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) presents a promising offer of continent-wide market access for Uganda. However, these gains are not guaranteed, and the benefits of the AfCFTA also come with increased competition for Uganda’s exports. Using a sample of large geographically dispersed African countries, our modelling estimates a net reduction in...

    24 Mar 2022 | Lawrence Edwards , Harriet Conron

  • Publication - Project Report

    Cross verification of revenue using remote sensing data

    24 Mar 2022 | Muhammad Fareed Zaffar, Murtaza Taj

  • Publication - Project Report

    Improving electricity services in Yemen (Arabic)

    24 Feb 2022 | Akram Almohamadi, Neil McCulloch, Joevas Asare, Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Preparing for urban floods in Mozambique: Can risk communication help?

    Information dissemination can be a powerful tool to guide, educate, and capacitate citizens in preparation for natural disasters. This study conducted in Mozambique seeks to provide actionable insights about the role of risk communication in urban flood risk management. Through video interventions and in-person surveys with residents in Quelimane in the months...

    23 Feb 2022 | Stefan Leeffers

  • Publication - Project Report

    Preparing for urban floods in Mozambique: A field experiment on risk communication

    Accurate forecasts and risk information do not always bring about the desired preparedness actions from communities at risk of natural disasters. This paper provides evidence on the effectiveness of two video interventions aimed at increasing flood risk awareness and preparedness of households in a Mozambican coastal city.

    18 Feb 2022 | Stefan Leeffers

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Subsidies for technology adoption: Evidence from rural Cameroon

    This research examines how a short-term subsidy for a new solar lamp affects uptake, usage, and future demand for the product in rural Cameroon. The findings suggest that subsidies stimulate uptake of the solar lamps and do not adversely affect subsequent use of the lamps. If subsidies decrease future willingness-to-pay for lamps, this effect is outweighed by...

    17 Feb 2022 | Niccoló Meriggi, Erwin Bulte, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Julia Liborio

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Does energy access increase resilience against COVID-19?

    This working paper is based on research co-financed by IGC and Energy Economic Growth (EEG) in Sierra Leone and led by the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The research compares 54 communities that received solar PV powered mini grids under a FCDO / UNOPS programme with 54 similar communities without mini-grids. The aim was to assess the economic impact of the...

    10 Feb 2022 | Laura Langbeen, Joseph Levine, Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Lennart Sattlegger, Maarten Voors

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal settlements in Lusaka

    Over the past two decades, the number of Lusaka’s residents living in highly dense informal settlements has nearly tripled to about 1.4 million as of 2020, which is nearly 62% of Lusaka’s current population. Approximately 38% of Lusaka’s land that is in residential use is informal. This is spread across the city’s 94 townships or compounds, with 22 of these...

    2 Feb 2022 | Dennis Chiwele, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Shahrukh Wani

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Rebuilding the social compact: Urban service delivery and property taxes in Pakistan

    If citizens perceive little benefit from their tax payments, or if local services are disconnected from local decision-making, the social compact between citizen and state can be broken, thus creating a vicious cycle of low quality services, low levels of local tax revenue, and lack of trust in the state. This study, conducted with neighbourhoods in two of the...

    26 Jan 2022 | Mahvish Shaukat, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan