Showing all Projects in Rwanda

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    Government support for low income housing in Kigali

    Affordable housing for the (majority) low income population, will be key to successful urbanisation in Rwanda This study analysed the Government’s draft Ministerial Instructions regarding government support for low cost housing development The researchers made specific recommendations to deliver affordability for occupiers and attractiveness for...

    22 Apr 2015 | Robert Buckley

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    Comments on the draft Investment Incentives Law

    The investment incentives law is pivotal to the Rwandan government’s aims of boosting FDI The IGC was asked to comment on the draft investment incentives law to ensure it was well aligned with international best practice The researchers found that the law was strong although some key amendments were suggested The comments were read and received by...

    22 Apr 2015 | Eric Verhoogen, Beata Smarzynska Javorcik, Michele Savini Zangrandi, Mario Chacon

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    Local revenue reform in Rwanda: Property tax

    Efficient tax collection is essential to service delivery yet implementing an effective property tax policy remains a challenge for the Rwandan government This project analysed Rwanda’s draft property tax law, recommending measures to improve both policy and implementation Researchers recommended a ‘mass valuation’ of all properties and a focus on...

    22 Apr 2015 | Mihaly Kopanyi

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    Evaluation of electronic billing machines: Effectiveness of tax administration

    Increasing domestic revenues is key to reducing reliance on aid but VAT collection in Rwanda has slowed recently This study investigated whether new Electronic Billing Machines (EBMs) could increase VAT receipts The study finds that (government-mandated) EBM usage increases VAT receipts by on average 5.4% The revenue authority are using the study to...

    22 Apr 2015 | Andrew Zeitlin, Nada Eissa

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    Fully washed coffee exports in Rwanda: Market structure and policy implications

    By doubling the proportion of coffee exported as fully washed, Rwanda could increase coffee exports by 10-20% The study surveyed farmers and washing station owners, to understand constraints to the washed coffee sector The researchers suggested a system of value chain financing to relieve finance constraints The paper informed the revision of the...

    18 Feb 2015 | Rocco Macchiavello, Ameet Morjaria

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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