Showing all Projects in Ghana

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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

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    Do apprentices alleviate firms’ labour constraints? Evidence from a unique experiment in Ghana

    We study small firm labour constraints in the context of a national scale, government implemented apprentice placement program in Ghana. A large body of literature has shown that microenterprises rarely grow and transition into the formal sector (Mead, 1994; Mead and Liedholm, 1998). In particular these firms rarely increase the number of employees (Mead and Liedholm,...

    15 Apr 2015 | Morgan Hardy, Isaac Mbiti, Jamie McCasland

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    On the causes and effect of exchange rate volatility on economic growth: Evidence from Ghana

    After the collapse of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates in the 1970s a number of countries adopted a flexible system. In Ghana, the advent of the Financial Sector Adjustment Programme (FINSAP) – a component of the Economic Recovery Programme (ERP) – introduced major reforms in the financial sector including the jettison of the fixed exchange rates in...

    15 Apr 2015 | Paul Alagidede, Muazu Ibrahim

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    The ‘informalisation’ of Ghana’s small-scale gold mining economy: Drivers and policy implications

    Small-scale mining, though largely informal in Ghana, is a significant contributor to livelihoods and economic growth Negative environmental impacts mean the sector’s contribution is heavily restricted and driven further into informality This study found that informality and negative impacts in the sector are a result of current policies by state...

    10 Apr 2015 | Gavin Hilson, Abigail Hilson, Richard Amankwah, Grace Ofori-Sarpong