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  • Blog post

    Moving from a fixed to a floating exchange rate: The case of the South Sudanese Pound

    The Government’s decision to peg its new currency, the South Sudan Pound (SSP) to the US dollar, was largely intended to protect against oil price volatility. Amidst falling oil prices and the outbreak of civil war, the Government rapidly depleted its USD reserves and spurred the emergence of a currency black market. This blog argues that the decision taken to float the...

    17 Dec 2015 | Keith Jefferis, Astrid Haas

  • Publication - Policy note

    Exchange rate reform in South Sudan

    The exchange rate has become an increasingly important economic issue in South Sudan in recent years, but particularly so during the current year. For many people, the South Sudanese Pound (SSP) has been increasingly weak and volatile, manifested in a sharply depreciating parallel exchange rate. This has been accompanied by an increasingly severe shortage of...

    15 Dec 2015 | Keith Jefferis

  • Event

    Towards an Agenda for Sustainable Peace: Lessons from Other Countries in Conflict - A Discussion

    In August 2015, the South Sudanese Government and the the rebel forces signed a peace agreement to end a civil war that had engulfed the country since December 2013. Now the pieces have to be put in place to ensure the peace holds and that the world's newest country can embark on a path of economic growth and development. The presentation by Dr Richard Newfarmer, Country...

    10 November 2015

  • Event

    Monetary and exchange rate management: Policies and processes for stability and growth

    On gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan introduced a new currency, the South Sudanese Pound (SSP), which initially traded at an official rate of 2.96 SSP to the dollar. Unlike the official rate that has depreciated by 50 per cent over the past four years, the parallel rate has depreciated more rapidly and now stands at 16.5 SSP to the dollar. Most of the SSP’s...

    8 October 2015

  • Project

    The dynamics of civil service reform and demobilisation

    An oversized public sector constrains efficiency and growth Though challenging, reducing the public sector is an opportunity for a healthier economy Government needs a strategy to reduce and improve its civil service for better growth The study increased awareness of the issue and led to requests for follow-up studies In South Sudan the public...

    4 Sep 2015 | Barbara Nunberg, Peter Biar Ajak, Nada Eissa

  • Project

    Fiscal decentralisation

    Overly centralised spending can inhibit an efficient allocation of government services This report is a response to government interest in understanding the introduction of fiscal federalism and how it can also contribute to stability and prosperity. The report found that there is scope for a more efficient allocation of resources across districts that may...

    22 Apr 2015 | Nada Eissa

  • Project

    Trade strategy pillars for South Sudan

    Barely two years into statehood, South Sudan has many difficulties to confront: including securing its borders to the North, working towards a resolution of the transit of oil via Sudan, at least until an alternative route is possible, and putting together a long-term development strategy starting from scratch. If South Sudan is to take inspiration from the highly...

    19 Mar 2015 | Jaime de Melo, Charles Beck

  • Publication - Working Paper

    South Sudan’s civil service challenges: An outside perspective

    1 Mar 2015 | Barbara Nunberg

  • Blog post

    How mobile money is revolutionising banking in Africa

    75% of sub-Saharan adults do not have a formal bank account yet millions of Africans are using mobile phones to pay bills, move cash, and to buy basic everyday items. Mobile money is revolutionising retail banking in East Africa

    24 Feb 2015 | Sebastian Wolf

  • Blog post

    How employees’ personality types affect productivity

    Governments are the primary provider of services for the poor in developing countries. Yet these services are often inefficient. Evidence suggests that, in addition to financial incentives, employee personality tests can help improve public service delivery

    1 Dec 2014 | Michael Callen, Arman Rezaee