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  • Project

    Investor performance and tax incentives

    The focus to attract additional private-sector investment, both domestic and foreign, has long been a key priority for the Government of Rwanda, and a critical policy focus for economic development. This has commonly taken the shape of targeted support for priority sectors, such as manufacturing, agro-processing and ICT, and has occurred, in part, through prioritised...

    16 Aug 2019 | Erik Von Uexkull, Victor Steenbergen

  • Project

    Support to the Rwanda Mining Board in revising the Mining Policy and Strategy

    Rwanda, like most mineral-exporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa, exports minerals in semi-processed concentrate form. Although contributing 11 per cent of foreign exchange, mining activities have existed as an enclave, disconnected from the wider economy. There is a widespread perception among senior Rwandan government officials that the mining sector performs below...

    16 Aug 2019 | Herbert M'cleod, Michael Biryabarema

  • Project

    Strains on trade: frictions and policy in the Ugandan vehicle sector

    The secondary markets for motor vehicles and their spare parts loom large in Uganda, as they do in many other low-income countries. In 2015, second only to petroleum products, vehicles represented one of the top imports by value, with most of them being in used condition. The relative affordability of used vehicles allows for deeper penetration into the Ugandan population,...

    16 Aug 2019 | Felix Forster, Dorothy Nakyambadde

  • Blog post

    Ugandan fine coffee (Arabica): What is the opportunity?

    Ugandan Arabica coffee is all but unknown among end consumers and underrated by traders. There are immediate opportunities to improve marketing methods as well as to raise farmers’ incomes by building a supply chain that emphasises quality, such as the presence of washing stations in the western regions. When coffee production and revenues began to rise in Uganda in the...

    5 Aug 2019 | Ameet Morjaria, Martin Sprott

  • Blog post

    Can the microcredit model be improved?

    The long-term impact of microcredit on peoples’ lives is limited: new research reveals it can help more people by modifying and extending its model. Microcredit is frequently touted as an effective policy tool to fight global poverty. Its global profile was elevated in 2006 when Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering microcredit....

    30 Jul 2019 | Vikas Dimble, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Publication - Working Paper

    The effect of financial literacy on financial policies: Evidence from a randomised control experiment in Mozambique

    24 Jul 2019 | Cláudia Custódio, Diogo Matos Mendes, Daniel Metzger

  • Blog post

    Replenishing the rice bowl: Productivity and quality in Myanmar’s rice export industry

    Myanmar’s rice industry can be reignited by reforms. However, key challenges need to be addressed for the country to re-establish itself in the international market. Myanmar once held the distinction of being the world’s largest exporter of rice, accounting for one-third of the global rice trade in 1934-1935. Post-independence nationalisation of the industry was...

    17 Jul 2019 | Siddhartha Basu , Sudhanshu Sharma

  • Event

    Call for papers: Conference of the Private Sector Development Research Network

    This annual conference on 12-13 December 2019 in Geneva offers an opportunity to bring together staff of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and donor agencies involved in private sector development, with academics who study private firms and markets from the fields of economics (such as industrial organisation, international trade and investment), finance, business,...

    12–13 December 2019

  • Project

    Trade facilitation and informal cross border trade

    Informal cross border trade (ICBT) – trade activities which are unrecorded in official trade statistics – is pervasive in Africa. Economic theory suggests that the presence of informal trade depends on the relative costs of trading informally and formally (Golub, 2015; Eberhard-Ruiz & Moradi, 2018). Some of the factors spurring informal trade are expensive document...

    16 Jul 2019 | Jade Siu