Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    Analysing the extent and sources of productivity losses from electricity shortages for small and medium-sized enterprises

    This study analysed the impact of Ghana’s 2012-2015 power crisis on the productivity of small and medium manufacturing firms. It found that power outages have a significant negative impact on productivity. Estimates suggest that reducing the number of days in a month with outages from the average of about ten in Ghana to zero, has the potential to increase...

    2 Feb 2016 | Patrick Asuming, Ama Baafra Abeberese, Charles Ackah

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    Can raising salaries reduce police corruption in Ghana?

    This IGC research exploits one of the most ambitious civil service policy reforms in Africa to ask whether raising salaries for corrupt officials improves or worsens petty corruption outcomes in developing countries. In one of the most ambitious public sector reform experiments in Africa, the Ghana government doubled its police officer salaries in 2010 in part to mitigate...

    19 Jan 2016 | Jeremy Foltz

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    Agricultural mechanisation in Ghana

    Mechanisation of agriculture is occurring in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, but there remains limited understanding of the economic, social, and institutional conditions underlying this trend. There has been a striking growth in the use of agricultural machinery in Ghana since the early 2000s.  This seemingly contradicts perceptions of agricultural stagnation and also runs...

    16 Dec 2015 | Douglas Gollin

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    When does the state deliver? An analysis of procurement practices among local governments in Ghana

    Under what conditions do bureaucrats and politicians have an incentive to defraud the state through corrupt procurement practices? Public officers regularly award contracts to private companies to construct public goods. However, these elites often abuse their position and award contracts to politically connected firms in return for campaign donations or personal kickbacks....

    16 Dec 2015 | Daniel Posner, Sarah Brierley

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    School performance: The role of early stage learning environments

    This project seeks to understand some of the constraints to basic education performance in Ghana by focusing on the influence of classroom environments on pupil learning outcomes. Its objectives are to assess the quality of the learning environment in kindergarten and first grade primary classrooms and to determine the extent to which the environment correlates with pupil...

    2 Oct 2015 | Pearl Kyei, Naa Dodua Dodoo, Nana Yaa Asantewaa Nyarko

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    Informality and the tax gap: A case of non-farm enterprise in Ghana

    Effective tax revenue mobilisation is important for sustained economic growth. In Ghana, tax avoidance and evasion is widespread, mainly in the informal sector, in which 86% of the country’s workforce is employed. In this project, researchers estimated the revenue currently lost through tax avoidance in the informal sector. Of the potential tax revenue to be...

    4 Sep 2015 | Michael Danquah, Eric Osei-Assibey

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    The presence of foreign firms in Ghana: The role of physical, financial, and governance infrastructure

    Attracting more foreign firms can potentially improve the growth of domestic firms, as well as increasing employment, revenues, and investment in Ghana. The volume and flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Ghana compare unfavourably with similar developing countries. The study explored the factors that determine the attractiveness of Ghana as a destination...

    4 Sep 2015 | Emmanuel Bentum Amissah, Marie Stack

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    The footprints of galamsey in Ghana: The Western Region under the microscope

    Project documenting illegal gold mining or 'galamsey' operations in the Western Region of Ghana and their environmental impacts. Researchers also outline a costed strategy for reclaiming and closing various galamsey operations. Findings estimate $250 million is required to reclaim lands and water bodies affected by galamsey activities in the Western...

    22 Jul 2015 | Jones Mantey, Kwabena Nyarko, Frederick Owusu-Nimo

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    Variation in infrastructure delivery and management quality among Ghana’s local governments

    The timely completion of public infrastructure projects is crucial in ensuring the efficiency and growth of government investments In Ghana, information on infrastructure projects at the local government level is scattered in annual reports making it difficult to compile and comprehensively analyse This study has successfully compiled and digitised...

    24 Apr 2015 | Martin Williams

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    Commodity exchanges in Africa: A solution to challenges smallholder farmers face?

    Many African smallholder farmers complain, often loudly, about what in Ghana some farmers call the lack of “marketing” – by which they mean the lack of consistent output markets for their food crops.   In Sub-Saharan Africa output markets for food crops remain fragmented, and often involve individual traders going to farms to collect relatively small amounts of the...

    15 Apr 2015 | Yaw Nyarko