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    Policy reform and economic change: findings from IGC studies in Ethiopia

    This half-day event showcases evidence form IGC-funded research projects that focus on industrial development and public service delivery and aims to share ideas, experiences and best practices for achieving sustainable growth in Ethiopia. The conference brings together policy stakeholders and local and international researchers. The projects covered by this event...

    22 February 2018

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    Advancing gender equality: The path to economic growth

    Recent research on closing the gender gap has revealed that gender parity has shifted into reverse for the first time since 2006 (World Economic Forum). Although some countries have recorded significant progress, girls and women around the world remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination, and exploitation. Eliminating barriers to equality and creating...

    7 March 2018

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    The economic gender gap in the garment sector in Bangladesh and Ghana

    An oversupply of female entrepreneurs results in fewer opportunities for women. This is compounded by higher costs of changing jobs for women due to household responsibilities, and promotion rates being significantly lower for females than males. The gender gap and economic participation The findings of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) research on closing the gender gap...

    31 Jan 2018 | Laura Sili

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    Increasing investment and limiting default with flexible loan repayment

    A recent study conducted in India, reveals that a flexible repayment option improves borrowers’ business outcomes without undermining repayment rates. Lenders in developing countries need to adopt a more customised approach towards borrowers. Irregular income and flexible repayment Borrowers who have irregular incomes often find it hard to adhere to frequent, rigid...

    17 Jan 2018 | Giorgia Barboni, Parul Agarwal

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    Women’s Financial Inclusion: 5 Reasons Why it Matters for Mozambique

    The IGC recently published a policy brief that discusses the obstacles to financial inclusion in Mozambique. It tackles two of the main challenges: the low levels of financial literacy and the absence of interoperability. Novella Maugeri (Country Economist, IGC Mozambique) analyses this brief from the perspective of gender empowerment. How do you get your money from the...

    19 Dec 2017 | Novella Maugeri

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    The multiplier effect of Mozambique’s natural gas discovery and FDI bonanza

    In the two years following the discovery, FDI inflows, driven by new projects in new industries, increased by 58%. There was also strong growth in manufacturing, retail, business services and construction, accompanied by substantial job creation. Natural resources and growth Natural resources are often thought of as a curse, slowing economic growth in resource-rich...

    18 Dec 2017 | Gerhard Toews, Pierre-Louis Vezina

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    Food security and international trade

    As the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference is in progress at Buenos Aires, this column looks at the role trade plays in ensuring food security through increased enhanced international cooperation on a multilateral scale. Although food security has long been recognized as a universal human right, 815 million people worldwide remained undernourished in 2016. In addition, the...

    11 Dec 2017 | Antoine Bouët, David Laborde

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    Todas as Fichas num Único Feijão: Lições da Crise de Feijão Bóer de 2017

    Nos últimos anos, a rápida expansão da produção de feijão bóer dinamizou a economia rural na Zona Centro-Norte de Moçambique. Porém, a queda drástica do preço em 2017 gerou uma crise nas zonas de maior produção e chama a atenção para a necessidade de se melhorar o acompanhamento das dinâmicas do mercado e de um esforço conjunto para a...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal

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    Twitter chat: Policy solutions to combat corruption

    Host @The_IGC Key discussants Paul Ashin @IMFLive – Senior Financial Sector Expert, Legal department, IMF Kweku Opoku-Agyemang @Kweku_OA – Research Fellow, Center for Effective Global Action, University of California, Berkeley Christine Clough @Christine_Clgh – Acting Communications Director, Global Financial Integrity Alina Rocha Menocal...

    8 December 2017

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    Clarence Blay: ‘Ghana has 140,000 mobile money agents versus 1,300 bank branches’

    The most famous mobile payments system in Africa, MPesa, allows users to make payments by sending text messages from simple mobile phones, not necessarily smart ones. The idea has started a new wave of mobile payments and transfers in the continent, and governments are taking steps to help this ingenious solution usher in a new era of financial inclusion for their...

    20 Nov 2017 | Helena Vieira