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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking prices during COVID-19 in Kenya and Uganda

    This project serves as a proof of concept exploring whether it is possible to collect high-quality, high-frequency price data at scale through a crowd-sourcing approach. We collected over 39,000 price quotes of essential food items in Kenya and Uganda between April 2020 and mid-March 2021, featuring a wide geographic coverage. The findings suggest that prices were...

    9 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

  • Publication - Project Report

    Tracking price dynamics during a pandemic in Kenya and Uganda

    6 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Does foreign employment in modern farms improve farming at home?

    This research examines to what extent a unique training program for Nepali farmers in Israel leads them to practice improved agriculture upon their return home. It accompanies a program that trains thousands of farmers from over 30 developing countries in Israel every year. Researchers found that participants in the program are more likely to engage in farming...

    28 Jun 2021 | Ram Fishman

  • Publication - Policy Brief

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

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in Sierra Leone has identified livestock production as the second most important activity in their 5-year strategic plan and recognizes the central importance of maize as a feed crop for livestock. This policy brief suggests that to reap the desired benefits from any policy intervention, a value chain approach to...

    28 Jun 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Prioritising agricultural research and development for economic growth in Rwanda

    The Rwandan government recognizes agriculture's importance towards achieving its medium-term development objectives. Successive strategic plans since PSTA-1 (2007) have included substantial increases in total allocations to agriculture. Officials face difficult decisions allocating limited resources across sectors and activities. In a high- performance context,...

    28 Jun 2021 | Abdullah Al-Mamun, Derek Apell, David Laborde, Will Martin

  • Publication - Project Report

    Formalising artisanal and small-scale mining in Mozambique: Concerns, priorities, and challenges

    This paper reflects critically on efforts to formalise artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) – low-tech, labour-intensive mineral extraction and processing – in Mozambique. Drawing on findings from interviews with policymakers, representatives from ASM associations and consultations with 200 individual miners, the paper captures the details of the country’s ASM...

    23 Jun 2021 | Gavin Hilson, Salvador Mondlane, Abigail Hilson, Alex Arnall, Tim Laing

  • Event

    Call for papers: 3rd annual conference of the private sector development research network

      The third Annual Conference of the Private Sector Development Research Network (PSDRN), organised jointly with the Centre for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP) at Columbia University, offers an opportunity to bring together Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), think-tanks, and donor agencies involved in private sector development with academics who study...

    10 August 2021

  • Project

    Network measure of bottlenecks in Ugandan firms markets

    In Uganda, several supply-chains are characterised by a structure of a few very large firms and a large fringe of small firms (Spray and Wolf, 2017). These large firms anchor the economy together by providing a focal point for supply-chains to operate around. Without these anchor firms, output would drop substantially. On the other hand, these firms could exploit their...

    11 Jun 2021 | John Spray

  • Project

    The impact of early-stage resource acquisition: a randomised field experiment in Morocco

    In many places, entrepreneurship is a vital process for job creation, economic growth, and the development of novel solutions to pressing social and environmental problems. Most of the research into entrepreneurship has examined the United States and European settings, along with select Asian countries (China and India). We understand very little about entrepreneurship in...

    11 Jun 2021 | Ouafaa Hmaddi

  • Blog post

    Winners or losers? The COVID-19 impact on Zambian manufacturing firms

    The demand- and supply-side shocks on Zambian manufacturing firms caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have had mixed effects on firms’ sales and exports. In a recent survey of firms’ experiences, government response measures have reportedly been unaligned to these needs and thus underutilised as a set of support services. As a part of an ongoing IGC project on the...

    9 Jun 2021 | Mwanda Phiri, Shimukunku Manchishi