Showing all Projects in Kenya

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    Optimising labour sourcing for technology workers in small businesses

    This project aims to find evidence on what will help firms source and retain high-quality workers. In partnership with Shortlist, an innovative hiring platform for firms, mainly in high-growth, technology-related sectors, the project will use existing and new data on the market to identify constraints to sourcing high-quality and well-matched workers. The project will...

    20 Oct 2022 | Robert Garlick, Susannah Orkin, Laurel Wheeler

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    Accelerating investment into women-led start-ups

    This research will examine whether two interventions affect investor behaviour regarding women-led firms: the use of revenue sharing investment models and mindset training around gender bias. The initial stage will establish a basis for understanding the potential mechanisms through which investment structures and mindset training could affect investor activity, with an...

    3 Aug 2022 | Saurabh Lall, Amisha Miller

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    Targeting consulting services to high-growth entrepreneurs

    This pilot project will examine entrepreneur selection and matching for training programs as well as the ultimate impact of matching strategies on entrepreneur outcomes. Specifically, the researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of various marketing strategies in selecting entrepreneurs that have high potential for growth and improving the effectiveness of the training...

    3 Aug 2022 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Vittorio Bassi

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    Unequal access to big contracts: Evidence from the AGPO Programme in Kenya

    Public procurements make up for roughly 12% of worldwide GDP and more in low-income countries. Evidence shows that small business growth is catalysed by demand shocks generated through public procurement. The Government of Kenya’s Access to Government Procurement Opportunities Program (AGPO) targets 30% of its procurement budget and simplifies application requirements...

    3 Aug 2022 | Golvine de Rochambeau

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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