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  • Publication - Project Report

    Privatisation for sustainable growth in Ethiopia: A review

    In this report, we recognise the limits of the private sector. Hence, we argue that there is a legitimate and important role for the state. This very much varies from country to country given heterogeneous initial political and economic conditions. Both market fundamentalism or neo-liberalism and exclusive state planning and control have their own respective shortcomings....

    6 May 2021 | Abbi Mamo Kedir, Biniam Bedasso

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on SMEs and employment relationships in Uganda

    During 2020, governments in many developing countries introduced severe restrictions on economic activity and mobility to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, public transport and non-essential businesses were closed from early April to June 2020. This policy brief reports on the results from a phone survey of a representative sample of SMEs and their workers...

    6 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    SMEs in Uganda: Profits and labour force shrink during COVID-19

    While the strict lockdown measures implemented in many developing countries aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they also risk increasing poverty and vulnerability by lowering economic activity. Uganda experienced some of the toughest lockdowns in the world. This policy brief presents key findings from a panel of over 1,600 smal and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...

    6 May 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Francesco Loiacono, Andreas Madestam, Miri Stryjan

  • Publication - Project Report

    Prioritising agriculture-related research and innovation for growth and poverty reduction in Rwanda

    Agricultural research and development (R&D) has been found to be a powerful engine for poverty reduction worldwide. Based on experience in other countries, it seems likely that raising investment in agricultural from around 0.44 percent of agricultural GDP to the African Union target of 1 percent of agricultural GDP might increase agricultural productivity by around 50...

    6 May 2021 | Abdullah Al-Mamun, Derek Apell, David Laborde, William John Martin

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Growth reset: Renewing focus on sustainability in developing countries

    Video recording of our Growth reset event on 28 April 2021.

    5 May 2021

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    COVID-19 in slum communities of Patna and Bengaluru: Economic versus health impact

    This study examines the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns. We combine extensive baseline survey data (from 2016) with repeated phone interviews conducted July-November 2020 with 120 key informants in 20 slums each in Bengaluru and Patna. Our team has been studying slum communities in India for more than a decade....

    5 May 2021 | Anirudh Krishna, Emily Rains, Harlan Downs-Tepper

  • Blog post

    Climate change mitigation and adaptation is not enough to restore our Earth

    Climate change solutions typically fall into one of two categories: mitigation and adaptation. While critics argue that such categorisation is too narrow, I draw upon findings from an IGC country-wide consultation to explore climate change policies and priorities across our partner countries. I argue that although mitigation and adaptation are important policy themes,...

    5 May 2021 | Joevas Asare

  • Person

    Sanjay Kumar

    Sanjay Kumar is a senior civil servant of Government of India and having more than 30 years of experience in the Indian Administrative Service. He is currently the Additional Chief Secretary in the Education Department, Government of Bihar. He did BSc in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and MSc in Physics from State University of New York.

  • Person

    Dipak Kumar Singh

    Dipak Kumar Singh is the Principal Secretary of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Department, Government of Bihar. He is Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1992 batch and has handled several important portfolios in state government as well as Central government. Previously he was the Principal Secretary of Labour Resources Department, Government of Bihar....