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  • 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

  • Project

    Powering the powerless: Economic impact of rural electrification in Ghana

    Even though rural electrification projects in Ghana started in 1970s, less than 50% of rural households in Ghana have access to electricity, compared to 72-75% at the national level. This suggests wide disparities in electricity access between rural and urban households, which could explain a large share of the observed inequalities in income and welfare between rural and...

    28 Sep 2017 | George Adu, Eric Oteng-Abayie, John Bosco Dramani

  • Project

    Formal evaluation of the Ghana Commodities Exchange

    Commodities exchanges have become a policy priority for many governments in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange setting the stage for other countries to follow. The Ghana Commodities Exchange (GCX) is on its way to becoming fully operational. Using multiple data sources, including a mobile phone app developed in a previous IGC project, this...

    7 Sep 2017 | Yaw Nyarko

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Unequal commutes: Job accessibility and employment in Accra

    6 Sep 2017 | Nathalie Picarelli , Pascal Jaupart, Ying Chen, Ana Moreno-Monroy

  • Project

    Training for productivity: An experimental evaluation of civil service reform in Ghana

    The Training for Productivity (TFP) project aims to improve the Ghanaian Civil Service’s capacity by designing, implementing and evaluating novel training methods for bureaucrats. The training programme will be experimentally implemented as part of broader package of training sessions coordinated by the Office of the Head of Civil Service and the Civil Service Training...

    24 Aug 2017 | Martin Williams, Daniel Rogger, Imran Rasul