Showing all Projects in Myanmar

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    Review of Myanmar policies related to agricultural value chain finance

    This project aims to increase understanding of the policy context and the potential to make policy reforms to increase formal agricultural value chain financing in Myanmar, by producing a report with policy recommendations. Inadequate access to finance can stifle the productivity and growth of agriculture, which is especially pertinent in the case of a country where about...

    11 Jan 2021 | Russell Toth

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    Policy options for Government of Myanmar to provide economic support to households in response to COVID-19

    Myanmar has already experienced significant economic impacts as a result of COVID-19, due to both domestic and international effects. Some areas of the economy have been particularly badly affected, such as tourism, manufacturing, and remittances. Going forward, there remains a high level of uncertainty about the development of the pandemic in Myanmar and around the world,...

    23 Oct 2020 | Emanuele Brancati, Paul Minoletti, Aung Hein, Guillem Riambau

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    Understanding demand and funding for water supply in Mandalay City

    The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) - the governing body of municipal Mandalay, Myanmar - faces significant problems surrounding their water services. Currently, piped water reaches only a fraction of the population, there is little water and sewage treatment capacity, and MCDC faces exorbitant financial losses (over K3700 mil, 2016-17). MCDC has been working...

    11 Dec 2019 | Tanvi Nagpal, Ankit Chatri

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    Quality upgrading in Myanmar's rice sector

    Linking developing countries’ agricultural producers to foreign markets often requires upgrading product quality (Gereffi (1999), Verhoogen (2008), Atkin et al. (2017)). Typical interventions seek to target a single point along the chain, such as improving fertiliser access to farmers or providing processors credit to upgrade technology. For agricultural goods, achieving...

    10 Dec 2019 | David Atkin, Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Meredith Startz

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    The effects of state violence on social networks, collective action and pro-social behaviour during conflict: Evidence from Kachin State, Myanmar

    How do social relations form during and after conflict? More specifically, how do experiences of violence explain attitudes towards: Peace and punishment? The formation of new networks and intra-ethnic cooperation among host communities and displaced people? And displaced people from different villages and communities? Although the study of political violence...

    4 Dec 2019 | Daniel Thomas

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    Infrastructure development in Myanmar

    Infrastructure is critical for economic growth. It facilitates trade, connects markets, enhances mobility, and boosts productivity. Yet, the current state of infrastructure development in Myanmar remains weak, acting as a key constraint on growth. While there has been significant growth in the country’s paved road network, the vast majority of the network – around 60% -...

    4 Dec 2019 | Robin Burgess

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    Policy framework for off-grid electrification in Myanmar

    Myanmar is emerging from the shadow of regime change with less than 35% electrification rate and very low population density. Myanmar’s electricity generation is lowest in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Lack of access to electricity restrains development and even the basic requirement of light is a challenge. However, the country’s...

    2 Dec 2019 | Johannes Urpelainen, Rustam Sengupta

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    Informal taxation and redistribution: a study of community driven provision of public goods in Myanmar

    Informal taxation is a crucial source of public goods financing in many developing countries. In Myanmar, data collected by the IGC in 2016 showed that financial payments to non-state actors and direct contributions to development projects amount to about 8% of total household expenditure, twice as much as direct tax payments (McCarthy, 2016). These resources are channelled...

    4 Nov 2019 | Andrea Smurra

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    Trade research and capacity building

    Myanmar is strategically located between India and China, two of the largest economies in the world. To take advantage of this position, the Government of Myanmar needs to implement trade policies and guidelines that are evidence driven, as well as maximises the national employment, domestic products and productivity. The constraints for the Ministry of Commerce to fully...

    1 Nov 2019 | Rocco Macchiavello, David Atkin

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    Reducing language frictions in Myanmar

    Language barriers hinder operational efficiency, for instance, meetings take longer to complete, there are frequent misunderstandings between foreign and domestic managers and communications are poor. The IGC project 'Spillovers from Special Economic Zones: Micro-evidence from the Myanmar' revealed that, on average, Myanmar managers spend 34% of conversation time on...

    11 Oct 2019 | Rocco Macchiavello, Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Louise Guillouet