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  • Project

    Prices, firm-to-firm trade, and import substitution in Rwanda

    In developing countries, where domestic firms often lack the capabilities to produce intermediate goods efficiently, firms rely heavily on imported intermediate inputs for production. Reflecting this observation, there is now ample evidence that import prices of these intermediate goods have important consequences for production and profit margins of the domestic importers...

    18 Dec 2018 | John Spray, Yuhei Miyauchi, Jie Bai

  • Blog post

    The supply chain for seed in Uganda: Where does it all go wrong?

    Seed quality is a major concern in Uganda Evidence from recent studies suggests low country-wide adoption of improved seeds by farmers. Farmers prefer to use home-saved seeds, indicating that they did not perceive the benefits of improved seed to be worth the cost (Tripp and Rohrbach, 2001; Remington et al., 2002; Sperling et al., 2008).  This has been linked to several...

    14 Dec 2018 | Nathan Fiala

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Addressing constraints to small and growing businesses

    Salaried wage jobs are the distinguishing feature separating the middle class from the poor in developing countries (Banerjee and Duflo 2008). Where do salaried wage jobs come from, and how can small and medium-sized firms create more of them? This synthesis paper reviews the evidence on constraints to growth of small and medium enterprises. It first examines evidence on...

    22 Nov 2018 | Christopher Woodruff

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    A research agenda for the small and growing business sector: Summarising the current evidence and research needs

    The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the IGC released the report A Research Agenda for the SGB Sector in November 2018. Hundreds, if not thousands, of programmes exist to help drive business growth in emerging markets. But what does the evidence actually tell us about whether these programmes help businesses grow? And what can practitioners learn...

    22 Nov 2018 | Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

  • Event

    Africa industrialization week 2018

    The commemoration of the Africa Industrialization Day (AID2018) is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission in partnership with the NEPAD Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Regional Economic communities (RECs) and Development Partners. The...

    18–23 November 2018

  • Event

    Implementing the African continental free trade area in Eastern Africa: From vision to action

    In partnership with the Government of Rwanda, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, is holding a three-day Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) Conference on 20th-22nd November in Kigali to help reach a regional consensus on how to move forward with the implementation of the AfCFTA. The theme of the meeting is: “Implementing the African Continental Free Trade...

    20–22 November 2018

  • Event

    The way forward for the Indian economy

    Several challenges confront the Indian economy – both external and internal. Aspects of the new international environment such as rising nationalist sentiment and resulting opposition to manufactured imports from developing countries, and emergence of competition from robotised manufacturing in developed countries, make it difficult for India to follow the same growth...

    18 December 2018

  • Publication - Project Report

    Estimating value added in Rwanda’s domestic trade

    15 Nov 2018 | Ewoud Nijhof, Victor Steenbergen, John Spray

  • Project

    Review of Rwanda's industrial policy

    This project responds to a request from the Government of Rwanda for advice in relation to the upcoming review of its industrial policy. The Government is keen to learn from experience with its existing industrial policy, and to use that insight to develop a range of interventions that can support rapid productivity growth and structural change over the 2050 time horizon....

    15 Nov 2018 | Ben Shepherd , Anna Twum