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  • Publication - Working Paper

    Is there an urban wage premium in Rwanda?

    This paper uses household data from Rwanda to analyse the urban wage premium and urban consumption premium. We find that both nominal wage and nominal consumption of workers in Rwanda are significantly higher in urban areas than in rural areas - and correlate to city size - even when individual characteristics are controlled for. This implies some form of agglomeration...

    22 Mar 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Sakshi Gupta, Carlo Menon

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Transforming the vision of Kigali: The economic case for investing in public parks

    Major public green spaces define the vision and lifestyle of great cities. Several great African cities have their own major central parks but, as of 2020, Kigali does not. Investing in a system of public parks would transform the vision of the city. Rwanda has a laudable set of policies and plans for public green spaces, but political will and funding are needed to...

    15 Mar 2021 | Jonathan Bower, Remy Ruberambuga, Patrick McSharry

  • Publication - Project Report

    A framework for development of Balochistan spatial strategy

    The development and use of Balochistan Spatial Strategy to support economic growth and investment decisions is a key priority for the Government of Balochistan. To this end, various multilateral institutions such as the World Bank or the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) could be approached to provide technical and financial support for the development of the...

    9 Mar 2021 | Nasir Javed, Fizzah Sajjad, Hasaan Khawar, Ijaz Nabi

  • Project

    Women's mobility, job search, and employment: Follow-up evidence from a randomised control trial

    Unemployment and economically inactive people are one of the biggest challenges facing urban labour markets in low-income countries. In South Asian cities, this pattern is more pronounced across gender lines with women less likely than men to participate in the labour market, even at relatively high levels of education. This project investigates the constraints on women’s...

    18 Feb 2021 | Katherine Vyborny, Erica Field

  • Publication - Project Report

    Property tax compliance in Kampala: Preliminary evidence from taxpayer feedback and administrative data

    29 Jan 2021 | Jones Ahabwe, Henry Kikonyogo, Priya Manwaring, Robert Mugangaizi, Julius Mutebi, Daniel Nuweabine, Tanner Regan

  • Project

    The selection and the making of civil servants: Evidence from China’s College Graduate Civil Services programme

    The quality, incentives, and ideologies of local civil servants greatly affect policy implementation and governance efficacy, especially in the developing world with weak formal institutions. This project aims to understand what shapes the background, preferences, attitudes, and behaviours of civil servants in rural China. Specifically, we focus on the College Graduate...

    29 Jan 2021 | David Yang

  • Blog post

    The compliance challenge: Raising property tax revenues in Kampala

    Property taxes are an important potential source of revenue for cities. Faced with limited municipal revenues and rapidly growing populations, taxes on the value of land and property can offer a significant source of funding for cities to provide local services and to tap into financing for larger investments. Recent improvements to the tax administration system in Kampala...

    28 Jan 2021 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Enhancing property tax compliance in Kampala

    Property taxes are an important source of revenue for Kampala Capital City Authority, making up over 30% of own source revenues in 2018/191. Recent reforms to collect data on all properties in the city have expanded the tax net considerably. Now that the tax net has been expanded, the city faces a new challenge – raising compliance with property taxes. Currently,...

    25 Jan 2021 | Jones Ahabwe, Henry Kikonyogo, Priya Manwaring, Robert Mugangaizi, Julius Mutebi, Daniel Nuweabine, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    The commercial real estate market in the city of Kigali

    City of Kigali commissioned a review of the Kigali Master Plan in 2018-2019, which was then conducted by urban planning company Surbana Jurong. As part of this review the City requested that a number of baseline studies are done to inform the review, of which this study, which covers commercial real estate, is one. The objective of the project is to present a range of...

    7 Jan 2021 | Dickson Malunda, Martin Ruzima, Jonathan Bower

  • Event

    Amman’s COVID-19 urban response: Lessons and outlook

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGsVq7B0IWA The International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) host a webinar that examines the response of Amman to the spread of COVID-19 and provides academic evidence on the role of planning for urban resilience, as well as exploring challenges and opportunities for recovery. This online event brings in...

    7 December 2020