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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding the dynamics of unplanned settlements in Kigali, Rwanda

    The city of Kigali has been growing at an estimated annual rate of 4-7% in recent years. Infrastructure and housing development have struggled to keep pace with this rapid growth, with the result that 79% of Kigali’s total population live in unplanned areas. To date, information on these residents has been limited. To address this gap, the researchers conducted a...

    15 Nov 2019 | Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Publication - Project Report

    Assessing waste management services in Kigali

    5 Nov 2019 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Aiden Bowers

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Improving the cost-effectiveness of Rwanda’s tax incentives

    Over the years, Rwanda has deployed a menu of tax incentives to attract investors. In 2015, total tax incentives amounted to about 0.9% of gross domestic product (GDP). A transparent and targeted strategy for giving out tax incentives is critical to ensure that they do not erode the domestic tax base. This study finds that Rwanda’s tax incentives are not a...

    11 Oct 2019 | Victor Steenbergen, Erik Von Uexkull, Anna Twum

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Priorities for mineral-led industrialisation in Rwanda

    Rwandan officials need to actively engage with the new Mining Policy for its effective implementation. Economic growth may not necessarily conform to the African Mining Vision (AMV, 2009). Longer term plans for investments relating to mining sector services need to be pursued. A full diagnosis of the mining sector must precede interventions to influence its...

    11 Oct 2019 | Herbert M'cleod

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic geography of Rwanda: Trends, challenges and opportunities

    The economic geography of Rwanda is characterised by relatively low levels of urbanisation (estimated at about 18.5% in 2016 - 2017 according to Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey (EICV) 5 data), a high urbanisation growth rate, high population density, and the urban dominance of Kigali City, the capital. This study confirms that Rwanda is urbanising...

    11 Oct 2019 | Dimitri Stoelinga , Anirudh Rajashekar, Marion Richard

  • Project

    Agriculture-related research and innovation for growth and poverty reduction in Rwanda

    Agricultural productivity growth plays a particularly important role in achieving sustainable pro-poor growth in Rwanda. With 75 percent of Rwanda's land and labour force in agriculture, there is clearly large scope for increasing national income and reducing poverty by improving productivity in agriculture and supporting sectors. Research shows that the rate of return...

    20 Sep 2019 | William John Martin, Xinshen Diao, David Laborde, Eduardo Maruyama

  • Blog post

    When price is not the whole story: Why rural consumers in Rwanda have low demand for electricity

    At first glance, the 7th Sustainable Development Goal seems uncontroversial: “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.” However, delve into the recent literature on electrification in sub-Saharan Africa and you will discover a growing number of studies that call into question where electrification should fit as a policy priority. In...

    13 Sep 2019 | Megan Lang

  • Blog post

    Insights to inform urban planning in Rwanda

    The economic geography of Rwanda is characterised by relatively low levels of urbanisation (estimated at about 19% in 2016-2017), a high urbanisation growth rate, high population density and the urban dominance of Kigali City, the capital. Rwanda has urbanised rapidly over the past decade and will continue to experience further urban growth in the near future. Urbanisation...

    27 Aug 2019 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Marion Richard, Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Project

    Investor performance and tax incentives

    The focus to attract additional private-sector investment, both domestic and foreign, has long been a key priority for the Government of Rwanda, and a critical policy focus for economic development. This has commonly taken the shape of targeted support for priority sectors, such as manufacturing, agro-processing and ICT, and has occurred, in part, through prioritised...

    16 Aug 2019 | Erik Von Uexkull, Victor Steenbergen

  • Project

    Support to the Rwanda Mining Board in revising the Mining Policy and Strategy

    Rwanda, like most mineral-exporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa, exports minerals in semi-processed concentrate form. Although contributing 11 per cent of foreign exchange, mining activities have existed as an enclave, disconnected from the wider economy. There is a widespread perception among senior Rwandan government officials that the mining sector performs below...

    16 Aug 2019 | Herbert M'cleod, Michael Biryabarema