Showing all Projects in Rwanda

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    Delivering affordable housing and supporting infrastructure in Kigali, Rwanda

    Rwanda, one of the least urbanized countries in Africa, is expecting large increase in its share of urban population from current 17% to 35% by 2020, in other words an annual urban growth of 9 percent. Considering the inability of many rural farms to provide a subsistence livelihood, high urbanization rates are inevitable. The national economic plan (EDPRS II) recognizes...

    13 Feb 2015 | Robert Buckley, Jit Bajpai

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    State Capacity and Individual Preferences: Evidence from Rwanda

    What is the effect of a strong state on individual preferences? A strong state that has the organizational capacity to uphold peace, provide public goods and protect property rights is central to the development process. Yet, statistically sound research on the preferences and attitudes that are affected by a strong state does not exist. Are people in strong state more...

    11 Dec 2014 | James Fenske, Leander Heldring

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    Rwanda Commodity Exchange: Policy Brief

    This is a note on the feasibility of establishing a Rwanda Commodity Exchange. Many things need to fall into place for this to be successful and helpful, and this note outlines many of the challenges to and strategies for making this work.

    4 Nov 2014 | Michele Savini Zangrandi

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    Understanding Rwanda’s agribusiness and manufacturing sectors

    In this book Sachin Gathani and Dimitri Stoelinga present the results from their studies of manufacturing and agribusiness in Rwanda. These studies are based on in-depth interviews with leading businessmen and -women in the country. The work is also based on careful statistical analysis of a wide range of data on Rwandan companies. By combining case studies of individual...

    4 Nov 2014 | Sachin Gathani, Dimitri Stoelinga , Michele Savini Zangrandi

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    Firm capabilities: Rwanda’s trade performance and policies to create export dynamism

    After four decades of virtually no increase in per capita income, the rate of growth since 2000 is impressive. Rwanda is one of the best performing economies in the developing world, lagging only major resource exporters. Income per capita nonetheless remains below LDC average. Investment has been on the rise, inflation has remained moderate and exports have increased...

    4 Nov 2014 | Ricardo Hausmann

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    Rwanda’s Private Sector and the EAC: Harnessing the EAC for Growth

    Small markets like Rwanda tend to produce small firms, and helping small firms to become large firms requires making use of international markets.  Trade has allowed the Netherlands to become home to world-wide giants such as Philips and Royal Dutch Shell, and Switzerland to give birth to Nestle and Brown Boveri. Trade allows firms to reap productivity gains through...

    4 Nov 2014 | Laura Collinson

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    Price Incentives To Rwanda’s Exporters: Trade Policy Priorities

    The current EAC-CET is imposing costs on Rwanda, weighing down export performance and growth, and raising prices for Rwandan consumers. This is in addition to the constraints imposed by Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and transport costs. Rwanda can reduce these costs through negotiations with the EAC, particularly advocating changes in the common external tariff based on...

    4 Nov 2014 | Jonathan Argent

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    The EAC Common External Tariff (CET) and Rwanda

    A major pillar of Rwanda’s economic policy, beginning with its Vision 2020 document of 2000, has been to work toward deeper integration into regional and international markets. It took a major step forward on this front with its membership in the East African Community (EAC) in 2007, and then with its implementation of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the EAC on July...

    20 Oct 2014 | Garth Frazer

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    Diffusion of Technologies within Social Networks: Evidence from a Coffee Training Program in Rwanda

    Coffee is one of Rwanda’s major exports but coffee production is dominated by small producers. Finding ways to improve yields could help small‐scale farmers shift out of subsistence farming into more profitable activities. Assuming that knowledge deficits are the main hindrance to the adoption of productivity‐enhancing agronomic practices, training on agricultural...

    4 Sep 2014 | Esther Duflo, Tavneet Suri

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    Social networks, phone money transfers, and rainfall shocks: evidence from Rwanda

    Social networks can help people deal with shocks. Much of the existing evidence focuses on risk sharing within small, local communities. When an entire community is affected by a massive shock, local social networks are often unable to cope. This research documents how a new technology is being used to share risk quickly over relatively long distances. Using detailed data...

    4 Sep 2014 | Marcel Fafchamps, Nathan Eagle, Joshua Blumenstock