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  • Blog post

    Adjusting the export-for-growth model

    Trade brings numerous benefits, chief among them competition, yet today’s outlook for trade remains uncertain. Is it time to re-think the primacy of exporting for growth? This third blog in a series explores the issue. A successful development model in the last few decades has been for developing countries with low labour costs to jump on the lowest rung of the value...

    17 Sep 2018 | Tim Dobermann, Francesco Caselli

  • Publication - Project Report

    Ugandan Arabica coffee value chain opportunities

    5 Sep 2018 | Ameet Morjaria, Martin Sprott

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The realities of cross-border trade between Sierra Leone and its neighbours

    It is increasingly recognised that Informal Cross Border Trade in Africa and in particular, the Mano River Union (MRU) countries is critical owing to its broader impact on the economies of these countries. This brief analyses the extent of informal cross-border trade, particularly in terms of the volume, value, direction, and composition of imports and exports in the...

    28 Aug 2018 | Isata Mahoi, Samuel Jibao, James Fomba Sandy

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Impacts and sustainability of irrigation in Rwanda

    Economic growth in Rwanda relies critically on agricultural growth, yet Rwanda’s agricultural sector faces critical constraints such as fragmentation, dependence on erratic rainfall, and challenging geography. As the country’s agriculture is mostly rain-fed, production is exposed to climatic variation and unreliable rainfall. As such, irrigation presents a...

    28 Aug 2018 | Florence Kondylis, Maria Jones, Jeremy Magruder

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Trade liberalisation, infrastructure, and firm performance

    Starting in 1997, Ethiopia implemented large investments in infrastructure with the road sector development programme. This followed a wave of trade reforms aimed at reducing tariff barriers that occurred between 1996 and 2003. This brief analyses the complementarities between trade and infrastructure reforms, asking whether improvements in the quality of roads...

    28 Aug 2018 | Marco Sanfilippo, Asha Sundaram, Fitsum Zewdu Mulugeta

  • Project

    Responding to the US threat to remove AGOA preferences

    The second-hand clothing ban in the East African Community (EAC) is a policy whose proposed goal is to spur the development of the local EAC apparel industry. The U.S. Administration, under President Donald Trump, has threatened to remove trade preferences that are provided to EAC countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) if they do not reverse the...

    23 Aug 2018 | Garth Frazer, Victor Steenbergen, Ritwika Sen

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Uganda: Responding to the US threat to remove AGOA preferences

    The second-hand clothing ban in the East African Community (EAC) is a policy aimed at spurring the development of the local EAC apparel industry. However, the US government has threatened to remove trade preferences that are provided to EAC countries if they do not reverse the tariff increases on second-hand clothing imports. Kenya decided to unilaterally revert to...

    23 Aug 2018 | Garth Frazer, Victor Steenbergen

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Rwanda: Responding to the US threat to remove AGOA preferences

    The second-hand clothing ban in the East African Community (EAC) is a policy aimed at spurring the development of the local EAC apparel industry. However, the US government has threatened to remove trade preferences that are provided to EAC countries if they do not reverse the tariff increases on second-hand clothing imports. Kenya decided to unilaterally revert to...

    23 Aug 2018 | Garth Frazer, Victor Steenbergen

  • Project

    Implementing the National Development Strategy: The pigeon pea value chain

    This project aims to support the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy & Finance in identifying policy measures to stimulate the development of the pigeon pea value chain. Pigeon pea is a highly promising crop that could potentially play an important role in the transformation of the Mozambican countryside, poverty reduction and foreign exchange earnings...

    17 Aug 2018 | Jorrit Oppewal, Alberto Da Cruz

  • Publication - Project Report

    The pigeon pea value chain in Mozambique: Examining the 2017 price fall and its implications

    17 Aug 2018 | Jorrit Oppewal, Alberto Da Cruz