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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding productivity dispersion: Evidence from a new survey of manufacturing firms in Uganda

    There are large productivity differences across firms in developing countries, even within the same sector and region. Understanding what contributes to such differences in productivity is important for designing policies to help low productivity firms grow. This project implemented a representative survey of over 1,000 manufacturing firms in Uganda to quantify...

    30 Jan 2020 | Vittorio Bassi, Raffaela Muoio , Joshua Mutambi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Blog post

    The social cost of electricity price increases in Zambia

    The Zambian electricity sector has struggled with frequent power outages since 2016, largely due to declining generation capacity at the main hydropower stations at Kariba. With the worsening drought in recent months, the power deficits have increased, forcing the state power utility ZESCO to announce increased load shedding of up to 15 hours per day in most residential...

    29 Jan 2020 | Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Urban management: Data lessons from Amman

    Reham Bataineh, Head of Local Plans Division for the Greater Amman Municipality, discusses Amman's transition from using a manual data system to a geographical one and how it has helped evidence-based decision making in the city.

    28 Jan 2020

  • Blog post

    Tanzania’s textiles and apparel: Technology demand and the role of South-South trade

    Technological progress and innovation are critical for long-term economic growth. Sub-Saharan Africa, however, continues to show huge productivity differentials, as firms operate with large gaps from available best practices in more advanced economies. Adopting and adaptation of more efficient and effective technology to the context and specificities of the local economy...

    28 Jan 2020 | Amrita Saha, André Castro, Ben Shepherd , Daniele Guariso

  • Event

    Why is shaping the public sector key to a better world?

    Good governance requires good people in government. The global goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 can only be achieved with effective governments in developing countries. Yet, low productivity and performance among civil servants significantly hinders the effectiveness of health, education, and other public service delivery and of government more broadly....

    5 March 2020

  • Person

    Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena

    Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena is the Head of the Civil Service in Ghana. His career as a Civil Servant spans over a period of 26 years starting as a Management Analyst in 1988 at the Management Services Department (MSD). In 1995 Nana Agyekum Dwamena was posted to the Office of the Head of Civil Service where he worked as Head of the Reform Co-ordinating Unit. In 2005, he was...

  • Event

    Gender equality and the data revolution

    The innovative use of data has contributed to the women’s movement fighting for equal pay, but there is still a large gap in the availability of quality data measuring the well-being and contributions of women to society, especially in developing countries. Without sufficient high-quality and disaggregated statistics, many women will remain at risk of being invisible...

    5 March 2020

  • Blog post

    Pollution, climate change, and growth in India

    To mark the 10-year anniversary of the IGC, a research conference on Evidence for Inclusive growth was organised in New Delhi on 10th September 2019, with a panel discussion titled “Pollution, climate change, and growth in India”. The panellists for the discussion were Michael Greenstone (Director, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago; Research Programme...

    27 Jan 2020 | Manish Kumar Prasad

  • Event

    Financing inclusive and sustainable development in Pakistani cities

    Mahbub Ul Haq Research Center at LUMS and IGC Pakistan and are jointly hosting a talk that will explore the potential of a ‘beneficial property tax’ as a new reform to build inclusive cities. The event will inaugurate the Mahbub Ul Haq Reform Dialogues that are meant to engage audiences on key policy issues through an interactive debate. This talk will discuss the...

    31 January 2020

  • Person

    Craig Kesson

    Craig Kesson is the Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town.