Showing all Projects in Uganda

  • Project

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Project

    The cost of congestion in Kampala, Uganda

    Traffic congestion is a major issue in cities around the world, particularly in developing countries, with potentially negative effects on outcomes ranging from economic activity to health. This project aims to estimate the cost of traffic congestion, i.e. commuter time lost, in Kampala, Uganda, in time and monetary terms. The study is based on a direct request from the...

    4 Feb 2020 | Laurenz Baertsch

  • Project

    Teacher rotation and student outcomes: Experimental evidence from Uganda

    On a given day, 27% of Ugandan teachers do not attend class (Chaudhury et al, 2006). Even when teachers in Uganda and other developing countries come to school, they do not necessarily teach, and students do not necessarily learn. Only three out of ten students can read and comprehend a simple story by grade three, and only eight out of ten can do so by grade seven...

    3 Jan 2020 | Kizito Omala, Frederico Finan, Ernesto Dal Bó, David Schönholzer, Isabelle Cohen

  • Project

    Scoping visit: the role of Government in the development of Tourism in Uganda

    Tourism is generally considered to be the largest industry in the world.  It is the third-largest export sector and one of the most promising in terms of future growth potential.  As people’s income and education rise, demand for travel will steadily rise, both domestically and internationally. Past performance confirms this positive outlook, notably for international...

    18 Dec 2019 | Philip English, Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

  • Project

    Product development in tourism

    The Government of Uganda is eager to expand its promising tourism sector, which has become the country’s number one earner of foreign exchange and a significant source of employment. At the request of the government, the International Growth Centre prepared a paper in 2018 entitled How can tourism become a driver of economic growth in Uganda which was presented at the...

    18 Dec 2019 | Philip English, Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

  • Project

    Willingness or ability to pay? Expanding electricity access with cost sharing and financing

    Lack of access to electricity represents a large impediment to achieving higher income levels. The Government of Uganda has recognised this both in Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan, and set the goal of achieving universal electrification by the year 2040. Energy access goes beyond simply providing the population with access to an energy source. In order to...

    11 Dec 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Molly Lipscomb

  • Project

    Tax capacity and state accountability: Firm owner and taxpayer responses to information

    How can low-cost methods of encouraging tax compliance in developing countries be most effectively constructed to encourage both new and current taxpayers? How does taxation lead to the demand for governmental accountability? There are various studies which have measured the impact of government-sponsored messages on the behaviour of firms and taxpayers. Generally, threats...

    11 Dec 2019 | Isabelle Cohen

  • Project

    Exchange rate shocks and firm behaviour: Evidence from Ethiopia and Uganda

    As developing countries, Uganda and Ethiopia frequently face exchange rate shocks. The effect of exchange rate shocks on the performance of firms is not well understood. In Ethiopia, policymakers devalue the local currency to correct misalignment. The effect of such devaluation is of interest to policymakers. Manufacturing firms in developing countries rely on imported...

    11 Dec 2019 | Pramila Krishnan

  • Project

    Trade shocks and production networks in Uganda

    The structure of firm networks matters. Given a certain network structure, it influences the amount of value created in an economy and determines an economy’s resilience to shocks. However, the structure is also likely to be endogenous to economic policy decisions. As such, it is difficult to disentangle the causal effect of a given network and the formation of that...

    4 Dec 2019 | Miguel Almunia, Jonas Hjort, Lin Tian, Alan Griffith

  • Project

    Developing Kampala’s citizen charter: Citizen deliberation and bureaucratic responsiveness in service provision

    In the past two or three decades, deliberative processes have found widespread use across both developed (Fung & Wright, 2003) and developing countries (Wong, 2012). Beyond an end in themselves, they represent both a strategy to ensure that the resource allocation process takes a wide array of needs and preferences into account. Despite their ubiquity, there is scant...

    4 Dec 2019 | Macartan Humphreys, Constantin Manuel Bosancianu, Ana Garcia-Hernandez, Innocent Silver