Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    The political economy of power outages in Ghana: New measures and analysis

    Access to energy is crucial for economic growth. While global attention has focused heavily on increasing access, an under-recognised constraint in many countries is poor reliability of electricity supply. This project introduces a new measure of power supply reliability and outages based upon temporal variations in nighttime light output. This work builds upon ongoing...

    17 Apr 2019 | Brian Min

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    Building capacity for the Ghana Commodities Exchange

    Formally lauched in November 2018, the Ghana Commodities Exchange (GCX) is set to transform agricultural markets in Ghana. The GCX links farmers with traders more effectively, and provides facilities like grain storage and quality control. To ensure the smooth running of the exchange upon its opening, this project sought to build technical capacity amongst its...

    16 Jan 2019 | Yaw Nyarko

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    IGC Public Forum on Galamsey in Ghana

    Small-scale illegal mining operations (colloquially known as “galamsey”) are destroying farmlands, forests, and water bodies in Ghana. IGC analysis showis that it would cost approximately $250 million to reclaim lands and water bodies destroyed by galamsey based on its studies in the western region.  This event shared findings from IGC Ghana-sponsored work on...

    16 Jan 2019 | James Dzansi, Henry Telli

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    Guidance on 'One-District, One Factory'

    Ghana has begun an ambitious policy of building one new factory in each of its 216 districts. This study provides guidance on which types of factories would be most viable in each district. The study concludes that several unexploited primary resources exist in almost each district, and highlights the challenges districts are likely to face when trying to process...

    26 Sep 2018 | David Lagakos, James Dzansi, Henry Telli

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    Women’s political empowerment in Ghana

    This study encouraged women’s participation in grassroots politics in Ghana and then study the effects of greater women’s participation on local political and economic outcomes. The randomised field experiment with a civic education intervention was conducted in partnership with Ghana’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE). The study found common...

    4 Jun 2018 | Nahomi Ichino, Noah Nathan

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Oil price slump: Implications and lessons

    The Ministry of Finance of Ghana sought to have a better understanding of the implications of declining crude oil prices on the Ghanaian economy and asked for the support of IGC-Ghana to undertake this study. Oil has become an important product in the Ghanaian economy. The production of oil in 2011 resulted in almost a doubling of Ghana’s GDP growth from 8% in 2010 to...

    28 Jul 2017 | Rabah Arezki, Gregoire Rota Graziosi