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  • 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

    Determinants of global air pollution exposure

    Air pollution is harmful to health and growing literature suggests it is also harmful to productivity. This project aims to understand the determinants of exposure, that is, concentrations of people living in polluted places. We plan to assess the reduction in exposure that follows from policy interventions affecting urbanisation, power generation, transportation,...

    21 May 2021 | Matthew Turner, Lint Barrage

  • Publication - Project Report

    Off-grid lighting business models to serve the poor: Evidence from Rwanda

    A significant proportion of the world’s population does not have access to grid-based electricity and so relies on off-grid lighting solutions. Rechargeable lamp technology is becoming prominent as an alternative off-grid lighting model in developing countries. In this paper, we explore the consumer behaviour and the operational inefficiencies that result under this...

    23 Apr 2021 | Uppari Bhavani Shankar, Netessine Serguei, Ioana Popescu, Rowan Clarke

  • Event

    IGC India event: Productive electricity use, supply quality and reform preferences in emerging economies

    The reliability and access to electricity remain a challenge across much of rural India despite rapidly growing grid electrification rates. Small and medium-sized firms represent one-third of businesses in low-income countries but are also the most vulnerable to bad electric supply. A study conducted in four rural Indian states found that only 65% of firms are connected to...

    26 April 2021

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Electricity usage: An early signal of the impact of COVID-19 on Uganda’s economy

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda has put in place swift policy responses, including country-wide restrictions on the movement of people and a national curfew. A critical challenge throughout this period has been a lack of timely economic indicators to better understand both the effects of the health crisis and of government policies in response. ...

    30 Mar 2021 | Nicole Ntungire, Leonard Gichia, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Project Report

    Scoping study: Using network theory to promote adoption of new agricultural technologies in Sierra Leone

    This report overviews the key findings from a feasibility study conducted in Sierra Leone that tested one such proposed bundled intervention. Specifically, the bundled intervention that this report seeks to validate consists of three main activities: (i) rural electrification, (ii) access to productive farming technology, and (iii) extension services and improved market access.

    30 Mar 2021 | Kurtis Lockhart, Barbara Cardona, Anthea Piong

  • Case Study: Energy

    Removing fuel subsidies in Sudan

    IGC’s work with Sudan’s transitional government highlights the importance of policy advice without strings and based on high-trust relationships in enabling economic reform processes. 

    26 Mar 2021

  • Publication - Project Report

    Electrifying growth in Sierra Leone: Energy access for productive use

    10 Mar 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Kevin Grieco, Alex Gilchrist, Niccoló Meriggi, Maarten Voors

  • Project

    Electrifying growth in Sierra Leone: Energy access for productive use

    In Sierra Leone, just 26% of the total population and only 6% of the rural population have access to electricity. Without electricity, 83% of rural households cook mainly using wood, resulting in deforestation, and health centres and schools not functioning effectively and efficiently. Researchers are working with the United Nations Office for Project Service and...

    10 Mar 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Kevin Grieco, Niccoló Meriggi, Maarten Voors, Alex Gilchrist

  • Blog post

    Energy and empowerment in Lebanon: Impact of reliable energy supply in changing women’s lives

    The effects of poor-quality energy supply are not gender neutral, and fall more heavily on women. New research from Lebanon explores how sustained energy access enhances women’s day-to-day lives and better protects female-headed households. While access to sustainable energy is a necessary development goal for all countries, the co-benefits brought to gender equity should...

    3 Mar 2021 | Ali Ahmad