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  • Project

    Crowdsourcing to evaluate and improve electricity supply in Tanzania

    Tanzania faces energy access challenges and experiences issues with electricity unreliability in the form of frequent power deficits and blackouts. Based on 2012 figures, 6 power system blackouts caused a total outage duration of 20.3 hours. This translates to approximately 1 day of productivity and related economic losses per year. Companies and household enterprises...

    10 Nov 2016 | Ben Garside, Davida Wood, Bharath Jairaj, Sisty Basil

  • Project

    Mobile payment services in developing countries: Firm capabilities and financial development

    Mobile payment services (MPS) may foster financial inclusion in developing countries by providing a cheap and secure way of transferring and storing money. This is crucial in economies with a large unbanked population and environments where demand for secure and cheap money transfers is high.  While some research exists on the impact of mobile money on consumers and on the...

    14 Oct 2016 | Saul Estrin, Susanna Khavul, Adeline Pelletier

  • Project

    Decentralised pricing with motivated agents: Evidence from Tanzania

    A central assumption in economic models is that agents make choices that maximise their own utility and profit. A growing literature has, however, highlighted that in many instances agents appear to make choices that are inconsistent with profit maximisation. This project focuses on the market for publicly subsidised livestock vaccines in Tanzania. The Tanzanian...

    28 Sep 2016 | Florian Blum

  • Blog post

    Can poll results sway elite opinion on Tanzania's resource boom?

    Even the most ardent defenders of democracy sometimes worry that populist pressure may lead to short-sighted (or populist) economic policy choices – especially in a low-income country in the midst of a resource boom. This is the third post in a three-part blog series on political transparency of natural resource management. Get caught up on the series with part I...

    30 Aug 2016 | Justin Sandefur, Jennifer Richmond

  • Blog post

    The political paradox of cash transfers

    Impact evaluations show cash transfers are effective. But polls show Tanzanians would rather have government services. This is the second post in a three-part blog series on political transparency of natural resource management.  Cash transfers are all the rage among international development experts, and for good reason. In Tanzania, which is our focus...

    25 Aug 2016 | Justin Sandefur, Nancy Birdsall, Mujobu Moyo

  • Blog post

    Can deliberative democracy cure Tanzania's resource curse?

    Experts worry letting ordinary citizens manage resource windfalls will lead to populism. We ran a randomised trial in deliberative democracy in Tanzania to find out. This is the first post in a three-part blog series on political transparency of natural resource management and has a related podcast.  Are low-income democracies doomed to squander their natural...

    24 Aug 2016 | Justin Sandefur, Mujobu Moyo, Nancy Birdsall

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Sustainable electricity pricing for Tanzania

    18 Aug 2016 |

  • Project

    Sustainable electricity pricing in Tanzania

    This project provided a brief summary of the history and detailed situational analysis of the energy sector in Tanzania. It was structured around two key questions: For a country anticipating a significant increase over the next 3-5 years in the supply of low-cost feedstock for electricity generation and given that high cost and poor availability of electricity is the...

    18 Aug 2016 | Donna Peng, Rahmatallah Poudineh

  • Blog post

    The boring infrastructure that Rwanda needs

    Sometimes, the infrastructure that is needed is old and boring. In the 21st century, where the world is electronically interconnected and global information transfers happen in the fraction of a second, building electronic, communication infrastructure is an important component of economic success.  Even small farmers in rural Africa benefit from these information...

    9 Aug 2016 | Garth Frazer

  • Publication - Project Report

    From the bottom up: Firm capabilities and the "in-between" sector in Tanzania

    27 Jul 2016 | Margaret McMillan, Hazel Gray