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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Urban agriculture: a productive land-use for cities?

    As urban populations rapidly increase in the developing world, so do the challenges of feeding those who live there. This policy brief explores the ways that city governments can harness the benefits of urban agriculture, without disrupting the core purpose of a city of density and connectivity.

    12 Oct 2021 | Victoria Delbridge, Thierry Hoza Ngoga

  • Event

    Green jobs as drivers of growth in African cities

    The rapid rate of urbanisation ongoing in developing countries presents a complex and urgent set of challenges for cities to accommodate future jobs, housing and other public services and infrastructure demands. Although cities have the potential to be economic hubs of productivity and prosperity, formal jobs in developing cities are scarce, partly due to the lack of...

    28 October 2021

  • Publication - Annual report

    Annual Report 2020-2021

    The 2020-2021 period was one fundamentally shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a profound effect on the work of IGC and its in-country partners. The IGC delivered notable policy impact relating to COVID-19, supporting our national policy counterparts with robust and timely data-driven insight to actively support policy decision-making. IGC has been careful and...

    11 Oct 2021 |

  • Publication - Annual report

    Annual Report 2019-2020

    In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of the IGC. Our country teams have adapted to maintain their responsiveness to policymakers, our researchers have adapted to answer new urgent questions and work around travel restrictions, and our London staff have navigated the management of projects, events, communications and changing budgets while working...

    11 Oct 2021 |

  • Project

    Investigating FDI linkages in developing countries

    Foreign investment into Uganda has been increasing in recent years. However, the extent to which this investment is yielding significant returns for the local economy is uncertain. To date, there is little known about the differential performance and impact of foreign firms in Uganda, and therefore limited evidence from which to design policies to make the most of Foreign...

    5 Oct 2021 | Isabela Manelici, Priya Manwaring, Jose Vasquez Carvajal

  • Project

    Cross-sectoral movements of labour in a low-income country: Evidence from Uganda

    In this project we plan to employ a newly sourced matched employer-employee dataset in Uganda to explore the cross-sectoral and cross-firm movement of labour in a low-income country. Using this data, we aim to shed light on: The extent to which workers are able to progress up the job ladder and match with good and productive employers; The relative importance of...

    5 Oct 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio

  • Blog post

    Building a strong evidence base for policymaking and action in cities

    The IGC hosted the event "Building a Strong Evidence-base for Policy Making and Action in Cities", the first of three events in support of the call to action on sustainable urbanisation in the Commonwealth, developed jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Commonwealth Association of Architects, the Commonwealth Association of Planners, and the...

    22 Sep 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Services and economic development in Africa

    This paper presents data and analyses the structure of employment in thirteen African economies at the administrative unit level, with a focus on the role of services. We provide two novel pieces of evidence. First, we present a descriptive snapshot of changes in the composition of employment over time and across geographies. This reveals evidence of structural...

    1 Sep 2021 | Leonardo Baccini, Matteo Fiorini, Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Event

    Consumer incentive schemes and other tax compliance strategies in developing countries

    Presentation - Data visualisation of consumer incentive schemes around the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTpTULSmCnk Presentation - Messaging matters: The effects of different messages on individual tax payment in Uganda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xF_EzCrkXE Consumer incentive schemes are programs that revenue Administrations can use to boost...

    30 June 2021

  • Blog post

    BREAD 2021: Insights on mobility, health, and infrastructure

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on topics such as mobility, health, and infrastructure. Perpetual motion: Human mobility and spatial frictions in three African countries (Blanchard, Gollin,...

    29 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough