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  • Publication - Policy paper

    From car-free days to pollution-free cities: Reflections on clean urban transport in Rwanda

    East Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing cities and levels of traffic congestion, air pollution, and vehicle accidents are rising. Rwanda, with its rapidly growing urbanisation rate, faces a major challenge: to decouple the growth of cities and urban mobility from air pollution. Using high-quality data, this policy paper adds to existing research...

    3 Aug 2021 | Egide Kalisa, Andrew Sudmant, Remy Ruberambuga, Jonathan Bower

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Prioritising agricultural research and development for economic growth in Rwanda

    The Rwandan government recognizes agriculture's importance towards achieving its medium-term development objectives. Successive strategic plans since PSTA-1 (2007) have included substantial increases in total allocations to agriculture. Officials face difficult decisions allocating limited resources across sectors and activities. In a high- performance context,...

    28 Jun 2021 | Abdullah Al-Mamun, Derek Apell, David Laborde, Will Martin

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    When price isn’t the whole story: Why rural consumers in Rwanda have low demand for electricity

    Electrification is considered critical for economic growth, as reflected by Rwanda’s goal to hit 100% electrification by 2024, but providing poor consumers with access to electricity presents major challenges. This study examines consumer responses to a price incentive to pay for solar electricity among existing Pay as You Go (PAYGo) solar customers. Very few...

    28 Jun 2021 | Megan Lang

  • Project

    Tracking the real-time effects of COVID-19 on savings and lending in Rwanda

    A growing and extensive literature has been tracking the economic effects of COVID-19 using real-time data coming mostly from private sector providers, looking mostly at mobility measures, labour market dynamics and consumption patterns (Chen et al. 2020; Chetty et al. 2020). However, this literature mostly focuses on the US and Europe, with much less available about the...

    4 Jun 2021 | JoséeLuis Peydro, Andrea Presbitero, Patrick Hitayezu, Franklin Allen

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Is there an urban wage premium in Rwanda?

    Rwanda has prioritised urbanisation as a major driver of growth. Our research uses high quality household data to examine whether similar individuals earn and consume more in Rwanda’s cities than would do in its rural areas. We find that nominal urban wages and consumption are larger for urban areas than for rural areas, and larger for bigger cities than for...

    2 Jun 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Carlo Menon, Sakshi Gupta

  • Project

    An analysis of the East African Community’s (EAC) supply chain trade

    One of the goals of the East African Community (EAC) is to support the growth of regional value chains. This project will give an overview of the current state of its supply chain trade. It will then look at intra-EAC trade within four priority value chains for the EAC- Leather, Cotton, Iron and Steel and Wood and would conclude with a case study of Uganda’s integration...

    21 May 2021 | Jaime de Melo

  • Project

    Electric mobility and transport leapfrogging in Kigali, Rwanda

    Rapid advances in technology, seen in fast-charging electric buses, electric motorbikes with replaceable batteries, dock less bicycles and scooters, and a host of other innovations, may have led to a greater change to way we think about urban transport over the last 5 years than over the previous 50. Whether these technologies succeed in helping address climate change,...

    21 May 2021 | Andrew Sudmant, Andrew Gouldson

  • Project

    The key to building cheap houses? The economics of building materials in Rwanda

    There is a considerable analysis gap regarding the housing building materials sector in Rwanda despite interest from Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure and two of the Ministry’s housing sector groups. Rwanda’s formal housing construction and materials industry are unable to meet the needs of the population because of a combination of high costs, insufficient supply,...

    20 May 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Fatou Dieye

  • Publication - Project Report

    Incentives in support of the agricultural sector in the East African Community (EAC)

    18 May 2021 | Kym Anderson, Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Incentives to support agriculture in the East African Community: Lessons for Rwanda

    As one of the potential drivers of Rwanda’s economic growth, agro-processing industries are supported with measures including tax incentives, import tariff protection, and supporting infrastructure. Analysis of Rwanda’s agricultural market shows substantial policy weight is assigned to staple cereal crops such as rice, maize, and wheat – translating into price...

    18 May 2021 | Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen, Kym Anderson