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    AfCFTA: Africa is moving too slowly towards economic integration

    Africa’s quest for a single market dates back to the establishment of the Organisation of African Union (OAU) in 1963. The OAU, which brought together Africa’s newly independent nations, had at its heart intra-Africa economic integration. In fact, it aimed to emulate Europe by creating an African Economic Community, encompassing a single market and a customs union. In...

    18 Feb 2019 | Olu Fasan

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    Olu Fasan

    Dr Olu Fasan, a trade lawyer, is a Visiting Fellow and member of the International Trade Policy Unit at the London School of Economics.

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    Land reform: Lessons for Rwanda

    Thierry Hoza Ngoha (Rwanda's former Head of Land Technical Operations) discusses how Rwanda reformed its land policy through a series of interventions over several years.

    14 Feb 2019

  • Publication - Project Report

    The relationship between influential actors’ language and violence: A Kenyan case study using artificial intelligence

    This background study is published by the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development.

    14 Feb 2019 | Chris Mahony, Eduardo Albrecht, Murat Sensoy

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    Murat Sensoy

    Murat Sensoy is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at University College London and Associate Professor at Ozyegin University and was previously a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He received his PhD degree in Computer Engineering at Bogazici University in 2008. He developed semantic reasoning mechanisms for sensor networks,...

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    Eduardo Albrecht

    Eduardo Albrecht is Ethnographic Edge Research Director. He obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is currently Program Head of the International Relations and Diplomacy Program at Mercy College in New York and was previously Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at...

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    Chris Mahony

    Chris Mahony is Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law Research and Policy. He is also Senior Political Economy Specialist at the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice at the World Bank, where he was formerly at the Independent Evaluation Group (2015-2018) and the Governance Global Practice (2014 to 2015). He was Consultant Strategic Policy...

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    Prepaid electricity: Better service delivery for the poor?

    High rates of customer default on utility bills present a barrier to the expansion of electricity access in the developing world. Pre-paid electricity metering offers a technological solution to ensuring timely payment. Using an eleven-year panel of pre-paid electricity customers in Cape Town, South Africa, we describe patterns of purchase behaviour across property values,...

    14 Feb 2019

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    Tracking constraints to micro-enterprise growth in Kenya and Uganda

    Existing surveys that aim to measure and track barriers to business growth often under-represent micro-enterprises and small informal firms. Our pilot, which targeted a sample of small scale entrepreneurs in Kenya and Uganda in a survey conducted by phone, suggests that such enterprises may face a very different set of constraints to growth. This exposes a potential...

    14 Feb 2019 | Tavneet Suri

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    Bidding for Roads

    Politically-driven corruption is a pervasive challenge for development, but evidence of its welfare effects are scarce. Using data from a major rural road construction programme in India we document political influence in a setting where politicians have no official role in contracting decisions. Exploiting close elections to identify the causal effect of coming to power,...

    12 Feb 2019