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  • Blog post

    Industrialising Africa: The transformative potential of infrastructure

    Infrastructure is key for economic growth, impacting productivity and integration in global markets. These are both crucial to industrial advancement and connectivity in Africa. Good infrastructure contributes to economic growth by reducing costs and facilitating more efficient use of productive inputs. As such,rarely embark on economic development without first...

    28 Nov 2022 | Marco Sanfilippo

  • Blog post

    Industrialising Africa: The role of services

    Services play an increasingly large role in industrialisation and growth. In Africa, services, including intra-regional services trade, must be emphasised in industrialisation policy going forward. Africa has the opportunity to use the services sector to orient growth in a more sustainable and balanced way, as was in Asia, Europe, and North America earlier. The...

    23 Nov 2022 | Ben Shepherd

  • Event

    Industrialising Africa: Renewed commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth

    International Growth Centre hosts a panel discussion to mark Africa Industrialisation Week 2022. Committed to provide policymakers with relevant evidence to support policy, this panel discussion explores key questions regarding the industrialisation strategies that different African countries have adopted, how the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will...

    23 November 2022

  • Project

    The impact of psychotherapy on business performance of female-led firms

    The research measures the impact of psychotherapy on the performance of female-led Nigerian firms by exposing subjects to a virtual reality cognitive behaviour therapy using a randomised controlled trial in partnership with Impact Hub Lagos. The results will help them address concerns regarding the effectiveness of non-cognitive skills training within their venture...

    20 Oct 2022 | Arinze Nwokolo

  • Blog post

    How diaspora investment can finance energy access in fragile settings

    Improving energy access in fragile settings is fundamental for achieving universal access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. Blended finance offers a mechanism for investments to flow into the market, pioneering off-grid solutions in these settings. However, more research is required to understand the different types of private finance that are appropriate for...

    17 Oct 2022 | Joevas Asare

  • Blog post

    The impacts of climate change on human wellbeing in developing countries

    Climate change is the central challenge facing the world today. With rising temperatures, increasing extreme weather events and other climate catastrophes, it is but essential to urgently usher in a green growth paradigm. Developing countries are set to face the brunt of the climate crisis and need international support to move towards sustainability without compromising on...

    29 Sep 2022 | Nikita Sharma

  • Blog post

    How DFIs can better invest in low growth countries

    Low growth countries struggle with persistent and extreme poverty and uncertainty about the ability of the private sector to grow. This makes new thinking in development finance crucial to support growth in these countries. The fourth annual DFI Fragility Forum was held in Oxford 3-4 May 2022. Each year, the conference brings together senior leadership from many of the...

    14 Sep 2022 | Colin Buckley

  • Blog post

    Front-lining green jobs in the sustainable urbanisation agenda

    The global transition to a carbon-neutral economy is expected to create many opportunities in the labour market, often referred to as ‘green’ jobs. In developing countries, active public policy at the national and local levels are needed for reskilling and upskilling workers into greener, higher-productivity occupations. This requires a better understanding of what...

    5 Sep 2022 | Juliana Oliveira-Cunha

  • Blog post

    The role of inter-governmental transfers in financing Africa’s cities

    Financial transfers from central governments to subnational governments in African cities can be successful in aiding urbanisation and development. However, these inter-governmental transfers need to be sufficiently sized, transparent, predictable, and based on feasible conditions to be effective.   Inter-governmental transfers (IGT) are the transfer of finance between...

    4 Aug 2022 | Oliver Harman

  • Project

    What do high-growth entrepreneurs in Africa want?

    This project will take advantage of a large dataset from VC4Africa containing information on start-ups, investors, and entrepreneur support organisations in Africa. The researchers will build this dataset out further with new survey data on the decision-making processes of entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to serve as the basis for planned field experiments to...

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli