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  • Project

    Urbanisation in Rwanda: Future driver of growth

    Urbanisation affects where individuals live, what firms produce, and the composition of the local economy. Researchers wrote a policy note on key challenges to urbanisation in Rwanda They recommended that the Rwandan government should look at urbanisation beyond the strict definition of investment in structures, and should also focus more broadly at rural-urban...

    16 Jan 2019 | Sally Murray

  • Publication - Working Paper

    The sectoral and spatial allocation of labour and aggregate returns to experience

    10 Jan 2019 | Asif Islam, Remi Jedwab, Paul Romer, Daniel Pereira

  • Publication - Working Paper

    No Lean Season 2017 summary of results

    9 Jan 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Karim Naguib, Maira Reimao, Ashish Shenoy

  • Blog post

    Improving asset and debt management in developing cities

    Many developing cities have a large pool of wealth in their public assets, however they lack the inventory and strategic capacities required to untap the potential revenue. Well managed cities are able to harness their assets, ensuring they have predictable streams of finance that can be used to pursue inclusive and sustainable development plans. Strategic management of...

    9 Jan 2019 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Mila Friere

  • Project

    Housing demand in Kigali

    The Government of Rwanda would like to understand the quantity of housing need in Kigali, and to update it from an earlier 2012 study conducted by the European Union, as well as to understand how to expand affordable housing. This project estimates: i) the quantity of housing needed in Kigali, Rwanda; and ii) the purchasing power of tenant and mortgage-holding...

    8 Jan 2019 | Jonathan Bower, Sally Murray, Robert Buckley, Laura Wainer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How social networks shape local labour markets: Evidence from Ethiopia

    In Addis Ababa, a large proportion of young people find temporary and informal jobs with the help of their social contacts – people who often live in the same neighbourhood as them. This study examines how the social networks in urban neighbourhoods shape the structure of the local labour markets and what the implications for productivity are, with the help of a...

    7 Jan 2019 | Simon Quinn, Marc Witte

  • Project

    Diagnosing energy-efficient and resilient urban development in Dar es Salaam: A spatial planning approach

    With a population of over 5 million people, Dar es Salaam is the largest city and economic hub of Tanzania. By the year 2050, Dar es Salaam will be one of Africa’s largest megacities with a population exceeding 10 million people. Yet, what impact will future population growth have on residential energy use dynamics in the city? Enabling a sustainable and resilient energy...

    7 Dec 2018 | Heather MacLean, Chibulu Luo

  • Blog post

    Data for decision-making: How spatial data is shaping the African urbanisation story

    Ahead of the 17th Urban Age Conference and the first to be held in Africa, Sebastian Kriticos and Astrid Haas discuss the need for better data to tackle some of Africa’s biggest urbanisation challenges. On a daily basis, city policymakers need to take decisions: where and how to deliver services, what rates to apply to taxes and where to make investments, amongst others....

    26 Nov 2018 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos

  • Blog post

    Making room for Africa’s urban billion

    By 2050, more than a billion people will be living in African cities and towns. As more and more of the continent’s population – 60% of whom live in the countryside – move to urban areas, pressures on land can only intensify. How should we make room for this massive urban expansion? How will city structures have to change to accommodate Africa’s urban billion? And...

    22 Nov 2018 | Sebastian Kriticos

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Land rights in developing countries: Insights from policymakers

    Policymakers from Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda and Ghana discuss the challenges around land rights and what can be done to address them.

    20 Nov 2018