Showing all Projects in Kenya

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    Tracking price dynamics during a pandemic in Kenya and Uganda

    As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across the globe, economies face disruptions in global and national supply chains due to the pandemic itself and related government response measures. The disruptions pose a serious threat to food security. In Kenya and Uganda, policymakers are particularly worried about COVID-19 induced price spikes and supply shortages of essential...

    16 Jul 2020 | Christopher Woodruff, George Kinyanjui, Verena Wiedemann

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    Economic impacts of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers and the agricultural value chain in Kenya

    Social distancing protocols present economic and health risks to the rural poor in developing countries. These include: food shortages distortions in food and input prices disruption in the availability of inputs high levels of unemployment In Kenya, COVID-19 has restricted both human movement and trade. The Kenyan Government's concern is that enforced...

    5 May 2020 | Tomoko Harigaya, Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Hannah Timmis, Siyao Jessica Zhu, Kaitlyn Turner

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    Improving customer repayments practices for water and sewer services in Kenyan informal settlements

    2.5 billion people in the developing world have no access to improved sanitation, and over a billion of them still practice open defecation.  Rapid urbanisation has resulted in an increase of 183 million urban residents without access to improved sanitation. The inability of the utilities to deliver adequate sanitation services has disproportionately hurt poor urban...

    16 Dec 2019 | Paul Gertler, Sebastian Galiani, Aidan Coville

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    From paper to practice: Implementing civil service reform in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia

    This project aims to document and explain the implementation record of performance-oriented civil service reforms in Africa. It will use Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia as case studies. Most recent research on state effectiveness has focused on identifying the causal effects of particular management practices or experimental interventions. However, most large-scale changes to how...

    10 Dec 2019 | Martin Williams

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    The role of mobile-based trade credit on business development

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of most economies. They are flexible in responding to new opportunities and possess potential for rapid growth.  As a result, SMEs are believed to serve as engines for innovation, employment, and social mobility. In developing countries, SMEs represent a particularly large part of the economy. However, data...

    4 Dec 2019 | Tavneet Suri, Antoinette Schoar

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    Six randomised controlled trials designed to improve learning outcomes for disadvantaged children in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Education investment represents a large fraction of the total investment in many developing countries, but the skills of many pupils lag far behind those of their peers in richer countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, limiting human capital development and economic growth. With improved enrolment rates in primary education, the next step in many developing...

    21 Nov 2019 | Michael Kremer

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    Building state capacity with market design

    Government employees are often reluctant to be posted to remote or unfamiliar areas, either refusing to take certain assignments or taking assignments but living elsewhere, and demonstrating high rates of absenteeism. This weakens state capacity in these regions. Also, many developing countries are not only ethnically diverse, but suffer from ethnic conflict or have...

    21 Nov 2019 | Michael Kremer, Willa Friedman, Guthrie Alexander Gray-Lobe

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    Testing the impact of contracts to improve financial access for small firms

    Access to finance for the purchase of productive assets is central to the success of small firms. This project studies three scalable financial instruments designed to address behavioural constraints that may limit small firms’ financial access, investment and technology adoption: asset-collateralised loans (ACLs); layaway contracts; and a hybrid layaway-ACL...

    14 Nov 2019 | Michael Kremer, Kevin Carney, Xinyue Lin, Gautam Rao

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    Behavioural barriers to energy efficiency in development contexts: evidence from charcoal cookstoves

    This project aims to quantify how behavioural biases and market frictions affect poor households’ adoption and usage of energy efficient durables. This will be the first paper to rigorously quantify the energy efficiency gap, causally identify the mechanisms driving this gap and estimate its welfare effects, and it will do so in a high-stakes development setting. In...

    12 Nov 2019 | Meredith Fowlie, Susanna Berkouwer, Joshua Dean

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    Clientelism and the politics of social protection in Kenya

    Social protection programmes, such as cash transfer programmes, are rapidly expanding in Africa.   In principle, social programs are designed to alleviate poverty, and there is evidence that they can have a positive welfare impact.  Yet social programs can also be subject to intense political manipulation, which can undermine their potential benefits. A crucial...

    4 Nov 2019 | Eric Kramon