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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Scarcity at the end of the month: A field experiment with garment factory workers in Bangladesh

    Dealing with sudden, unpredicted financial costs such as health expenses or unemployment poses a particular challenge for people living in the poorest households, whose income often barely allows them to get by. In Bangladesh, many garment factory workers struggle to make their incomes stretch until the next payday, forcing them to seek credit, often from informal...

    19 Jan 2018 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

  • Project

    Government demand and firm performance: New evidence for sub-Saharan African Countries

    This project seeks to analyse the role of public procurement as a determinant of firm performance in developing countries. Public procurement is increasingly being employed as an industrial policy tool by East African countries (and developing countries more generally) searching to upgrade domestic industrial capabilities and spur innovation while promoting sustainable...

    18 Jan 2018 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Project

    Understanding Industrial Parks

    Ethiopia has recently launched an ambitious programme of industrialisation. The government of this fast-growing, densely populated country hopes to attract foreign investment in its brand-new industrial parks by offering a large workforce, competitive wages, cheap electricity and good infrastructure. Several garment factories have already started production in the...

    18 Jan 2018 | Stefano Caria, Simon Quinn, Stefan Dercon

  • Project

    Understanding constraints to value addition in the Ugandan coffee sector

    Uganda’s coffee sector is the country’s largest export earner. Over one and a half million farmers are engaged in growing coffee making it the largest concentration of coffee farmers in the world. Raising premiums, improving yields and increasing farmer participation in the value chain are some of the highest value ways to address poverty in Uganda and drive economic...

    16 Jan 2018 | Ameet Morjaria, Jenny Scharrer, Martin Sprott

  • Project

    Understanding foreign connections: How Myanmar's top exporters find buyers

    Since 2010, Myanmar has implemented political and economic reforms aimed at spurring growth and increasing the country’s participation in the global economy. Despite these reforms and the removal of international trade sanctions, Myanmar’s exports remain low and the trade deficit is widening. Part of the explanation for this poor performance lies in the fact that...

    12 Jan 2018 | Matthieu Teachout

  • Project

    Agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia: Do they matter?

    This project aims to provide first-hand empirical evidence on the potential of agricultural cooperatives in transforming smallholder and traditional farming in Ethiopia.  Evaluating the effectiveness of these local organisations in terms of the promises they are supposed to deliver and facilitating agricultural transformation and commercialisation provides relevant...

    3 Jan 2018 | Kibrom A. Abay, Guush Berhanu

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Seeding success: Increasing agricultural technology adoption through information

    Modern agricultural technologies have enormous potential to drive poverty reduction and economic growth, but adoption remains low in many countries. New models of information sharing could help resolve this. With over half of working adults in sub-Saharan Africa employed in agriculture, improving agricultural productivity is an important way to raise living standards. This...

    19 Dec 2017 | Kelsey Jack, Julia Tobias

  • Publication - Project Report

    Alternative formation of rural savings and credit cooperatives and their implications: Evidence from Ethiopia

    11 Dec 2017 | Kibrom A. Abay, Bethelhem Koru, Gashaw Abate, Guush Berhanu

  • Blog post

    All Peas in One Basket: Lessons from the 2017 Pigeon Pea Crisis

    In recent years, the rapid expansion of pigeon pea production provided a boost to the rural economy of Central and Northern Mozambique. However, the 2017 price collapse created a crisis in the main production areas that calls attention to the need to improve the monitoring of market trends and to launch a joint effort aimed at diversification. During the past decade, the...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal

  • Blog post

    Todas as Fichas num Único Feijão: Lições da Crise de Feijão Bóer de 2017

    Nos últimos anos, a rápida expansão da produção de feijão bóer dinamizou a economia rural na Zona Centro-Norte de Moçambique. Porém, a queda drástica do preço em 2017 gerou uma crise nas zonas de maior produção e chama a atenção para a necessidade de se melhorar o acompanhamento das dinâmicas do mercado e de um esforço conjunto para a...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal