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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Civic education and women’s political participation

    Women face significant barriers to participation and leadership in Ghanaian politics due to social norms. A lack of direct representation reduces women’s influence on community decisions and is more generally thought to hold back local economic development. In order to tackle this issue, Ghana’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) implemented a civic...

    16 Feb 2018 | Nahomi Ichino, Noah Nathan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Powering the powerless: Economic impact of rural electrification in Ghana

    Ghana has made significant progress in extending electricity access across the country, particularly in rural areas where access levels rose from 1% to 63% of the population between 1991 and 2014. However, huge capital investment is still required to achieve universal access to electricity by the year 2020 under the National Electrification Scheme. The economic benefit...

    12 Feb 2018 | George Adu, Eric Oteng-Abayie, John Bosco Dramani

  • Blog post

    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

  • Blog post

    Local government corruption in Ghana: Misplaced control and incentives

    Bureaucrat corruption corresponds to the control politicians have over their careers. Politicians distort processes to extract funds and garner influence. A more structured bureaucrat transfer process and the monitoring of procurement can curtail corruption. In Ghana in early 2017, a police officer became embroiled in a conflict with a renowned Member of Parliament (MP)....

    22 Nov 2017 | Sarah Brierley

  • Blog post

    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

  • Project

    The vicious circle of power outages and bill payment: Evidence from Ghana

    One of the primary challenges facing developing countries that are attempting to build a robust electric grid is “tariff under-recovery” – many customers do not pay their electric bills. A consequence is that utilities are unable to cover operating expenses, maintain their existing infrastructure, and fund new investment to accommodate growth in electricity demand. In...

    6 Nov 2017 | James Dzansi, Steve Puller

  • Blog post

    Transport and job accessibility: Towards a competitive and inclusive Accra

    A working age individual can only reach up to 32% of formal jobs by tro-tro within 60 minutes. Poor connectivity harms labour and firm outcomes. There is a need for investment in public transit, land-use reforms and low-income urban housing policies. Cities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are urbanising at an unprecedented pace. As a result, they have often expanded...

    6 Nov 2017 | Nathalie Picarelli , Pascal Jaupart, Ying Chen

  • Case Study: State

    The economic impacts of Ebola

    Our initiative provided data about the economics impacts of the Ebola crisis, allowing us to provide evidence-backed policy advice to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    20 Oct 2017

  • Case Study: State

    Motivating public sector workers

    Our research has found that incentives can help attract better job candidates and motivate better performance in the public sector, but they need to be carefully tested.

    20 Oct 2017

  • Case Study: Firms

    Mapping industrialisation in Africa

    Our series of ‘enterprise maps’ offers the first comprehensive analysis of the industrial sectors in five African countries for potential investors and policymakers seeking to foster industrial development.

    20 Oct 2017