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  • Blog post

    Herbert M’cleod: The man behind the scenes, striving for peace

    IGC Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Director Herbert M’cleod passed away on 19 May 2022. Professor Rachel Glennerster, Lead Academic in the IGC Sierra Leone programme until 2017, when she was appointed Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development (now FCDO), pens a tribute to her long-time friend and mentor. Sierra Leone, the African continent, and...

    24 May 2022 | Rachel Glennerster

  • News Item

    Remembering Herbert M’cleod

    We are deeply sad to announce the passing of IGC Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Director Herbert M’cleod on 19 May 2022. Herbert played a leading role in developing the International Growth Centre (IGC) programme in Sierra Leone, and later our combined programme in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and served as an IGC advisor on state fragility and natural resource...

    23 May 2022

  • Event

    Coping with shocks: Resilience in Ethiopia’s ready-made garment industry

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgbI7uYm3n8&t=3s Ethiopia’s industrial exports depend on the ready-made garment industry mostly located in industrial parks. In addition to the pandemic, factories in Ethiopia faced another shock related to the conflict in the northern parts of the country and the resulting removal of Ethiopia from the free trade privileges provided by...

    4 May 2022

  • Blog post

    Gender equality through secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa

    Early marriage and pregnancy can be detrimental to women’s health, agency, and labour market outcomes. However, compelling evidence from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) shows that each additional year of secondary education mitigates these risks in both the short- and long-term.   Over the last two decades, SSA has made enormous progress in increasing access to schooling in...

    7 Apr 2022 | Mathilde Sage

  • 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

  • Blog post

    Where are African women in climate change policy?

    Climate change is not experienced equally – Africa is more vulnerable to its effects than other continents, and African women are more vulnerable than men. A key underlying factor is women’s reliance on the natural environment. This article explores how African women can be prioritised in climate change policy through gender mainstreaming, focusing particularly on the...

    17 Mar 2022 | Kezia Fortuin

  • Blog post

    Targeting teenagers to bridge the gender gap in education

    Achieving gender equality in education remains a distant goal in many developing countries, with the COVID-19 pandemic stalling progress on many fronts. Emerging research, however, is highlighting promising, cost-effective programmes and interventions that deserve policymaker attention.   Despite significant progress in the last 25 years on increasing girls’ literacy...

    15 Mar 2022 | Emilie Yam

  • 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

  • Blog post

    Does service-sector employment lead to growth? Evidence from Africa

    Expansion in service-sector employment is greatly increasing across many low-income countries, but the relationship between services and potential for economic growth is less understood. In a recent study, we use micro-level data from 13 African countries to examine changes in employment over time. We look at the characteristics of those employed in services, differences...

    9 Feb 2022 | Leonardo Baccini, Matteo Fiorini, Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Project

    Data and research as key enablers for city policy: A case study of Cape Town

    The City of Cape Town is widely recognised as a city that is making large strides in advancing the use of data and research in critical policy decisions including planning, implementation, and service delivery. This project seeks to document the use of data and evidence in policymaking in Cape Town over the past 20 years, since the Metro became a Unicity in 2000. The...

    20 Jan 2022 | Carol Wright, Victoria Delbridge