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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Jobs in a crisis: Principles of effective public employment programmes

    This brief outlines the role of public employment programmes (PEPs) in overall economic crisis response with reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment has spiked in developing countries, due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as national lockdowns and the indirect effects of the economic global shock from the pandemic. PEPs often form part of...

    20 Nov 2020 | Jonathan Bower, Adia Umulisa, Twivwe Siwale, Veronica Masubo, Joevas Asare, Clément Imbert

  • Project

    Fostering adoption and productive use of electricity in rural Rwanda

    More than 700 million people worldwide lack access to electricity, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, which hosts more than 70% of the world’s non-electrified population. To reach the United Nations’ SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) by 2030, a big electrification push in Africa is needed. Rural electrification programs,...

    1 Nov 2020 | Nathan Fiala, Lise Masselus, Anicet Munyehirwe, Jörg Peters , Maximiliane Sievert

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Digital information channels in the Rwandan potato value chain

    The potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to provide smallholder farmers with useful agronomic and market information is widely heralded. Mobile phones can offer much richer modes of communication sharing, but in many parts of the world limited digital literacy, use of smart phones, and poor data connectivity can constrain this potential. ...

    13 Oct 2020 | Ram Fishman, Daniel Bjorkegren, Michael Kremer

  • Blog post

    Overcrowding and pandemic risk hotspots in Rwanda

    Proximity between people, otherwise known as population density, is the foundation of prosperity and productivity in cities. There is no empirical link between the spread of COVID-19 risk and city population density. However, when population density is not well managed and becomes overcrowding, the risk of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, rises. The COVID-19...

    12 Oct 2020 | Jonathan Bower, Anirudh Rajashekar

  • Publication - Project Report

    Densification without contagion? Overcrowding and pandemic risk hotspots in Rwanda

    In this paper, we estimate the location of overcrowding hotspots in Kigali and five secondary cities in Rwanda using a variant of the methodology used recently by the World Bank in Mumbai, Kinshasa and Greater Cairo. This is of interest for three key reasons. First, whilst overcrowding is an imperfect proxy for the type of close interpersonal contact that spreads...

    12 Oct 2020 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Jonathan Bower

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of scaling up electric motorbikes in Rwanda

    Approximately one in five trips in Kigali are taken by petrol-fuelled motorcycle taxis, contributing to poor air quality, high demand for imported fuel, and rising Green House Gas emissions that contribute to climate change. This brief analyses the potential impact of scaling up the use of electric motorbikes to 100% (as a proportion of all motorbike taxis) in Kigali...

    24 Aug 2020 | Andrew Sudmant, Egide Kalisa, Jonathan Bower

  • Project

    COVID-19 impact on Rwanda's coffee sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a global economic downturn, disrupting most dimensions of human life. This is seen particularly in international trade. Control measures, implemented to stem the spread of infection, have come at a sharp economic cost across the world. The firms most affected are those that rely on human contact. This includes the hospitality...

    15 Aug 2020 | Derek Apell, Ameet Morjaria

  • Project

    Valuing property and buildings in Kigali and secondary cities

    This project aims to value property and buildings in Kigali and five of Rwanda’s secondary cities. Generated property values will be delivered to Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) so these values can be incorporated into the IT systems of RRA and used for property tax administration purposes. Inspired by a previous IGC-funded project...

    15 Aug 2020 | Patrick McSharry, Paul Brimble, Felix Bachofer, Andreas Braun

  • Project

    Mapping urban pandemic risk hotspots and overcrowding in Rwanda

    As Rwanda's COVID-19 count enters a period of relative stability due to a highly effective public health response, policymakers are turning their attention to the best way to lift social-distancing restrictions in a manner that allows businesses and social engagements to resume while simultaneously ensuring adequate public health. Key questions for the government in...

    6 Aug 2020 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Jonathan Bower

  • Blog post

    Rwanda’s response to COVID-19 and future challenges

    Containment efforts have been effective; however, an impending global recession means the economic impacts of the pandemic will continue to be felt. In Rwanda, as of 19 May 2020, there have been 297 cases of COVID-19, of which 94 are active. There have been no deaths. These statistics are remarkable for the low number of cases and the fact that there have been no deaths so...

    19 May 2020 | Jonathan Bower, Derek Apell, Anna Twum, Adia Umulisa