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    The impact of COVID-19 and flexible credit on SMEs: Evidence from Uganda

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of the Ugandan economy, comprising over 90 % of the private sector, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2011. This project will re-survey a sample of 2,400 SMEs in Uganda with the purpose of: Better understand the long-term consequences of increased flexibility in loan repayments, in particular: does...

    9 Apr 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Miri Stryjan, Andreas Madestam, Francesco Loiacono

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    Uganda and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

    African economies, including Uganda, are embarking on an ambitious programme of regional integration in the form of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The objective of this project is to study the implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area for Uganda using an approach that accounts for the heterogeneity of the impact across products and firms....

    31 Mar 2021 | Lawrence Edwards

  • Publication - Project Report

    Scoping study: Using network theory to promote adoption of new agricultural technologies in Sierra Leone

    This report overviews the key findings from a feasibility study conducted in Sierra Leone that tested one such proposed bundled intervention. Specifically, the bundled intervention that this report seeks to validate consists of three main activities: (i) rural electrification, (ii) access to productive farming technology, and (iii) extension services and improved market access.

    30 Mar 2021 | Kurtis Lockhart, Barbara Cardona, Anthea Piong

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    Scoping study: Using network theory to promote adoption of new agricultural technologies in Sierra Leone

    Despite substantial improvements in agricultural productivity across the world since the 1980s, productivity levels in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have not experienced similar increases. Such agricultural stagnation has significant implications for the majority of the sub-continent’s population who are engaged in smallholder farming, as agricultural development is integral...

    30 Mar 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Publication - Project Report

    COVID-19 and Uganda’s tourism sector: Reviving the industry through the national budget

    This paper reiterates the considerable importance of tourism for the world economy and for Uganda in particular, summarising the devastating impact of COVID-19 on tourism in 2020 and the discouraging prospects for a quick recovery.

    11 Mar 2021 | Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa, Philip English

  • Publication - Project Report

    Public infrastructure procurement in post-conflict power-sharing arrangements: Evidence from Lebanon’s Council for Development and Reconstruction

    Post-conflict power-sharing arrangements not only allocate political power but also economic resources among powerful elites. Previous research on such economic arrangements has largely focused on the access of powerful elites to natural resources, such as to oil fields or mines. This article investigates the mechanisms of rent allocation of another major source of...

    19 Feb 2021 | Mounir Mahmalat , Sami Atallah, Wassim Maktabi

  • Project

    COVID-19 and the value of relationships in informal economies

    Governments in many developing countries have put in place restrictions to economic activity and mobility to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This is true also in Uganda, where public transport and non-essential businesses were closed from early April to June. While firms were closed, there were reports of workers leaving cities and traveling back to their home villages....

    18 Feb 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Esau Tugume, Ritwika Sen, Tommaso Porzio

  • Project

    Spatial analysis of firm productivity in Ghana: Misallocation versus market power

    There is mounting evidence, especially for developing countries, that resources are often not allocated to their optimal use. This manifests itself in a failure of first-order conditions to hold, such that the marginal (social) benefit of a production factor is not equated to its marginal cost. Such misallocation is often interpreted as resulting from frictions or market...

    18 Feb 2021 | Johannes Van Biesebroeck, Emmanuel Mensah

  • Publication - Project Report

    What is the fiscal costs of tax incentives in Uganda?

    20 Jan 2021 | Nada Eissa, Priya Manwaring, Nicole Ntungire, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Blog post

    A delicate balance: How to harness regional integration and industrial policy for economic transformation in Africa

    Two powerful drivers of economic transformation, industrial policy and regional integration, can be friends or foes. Africa’s economic prospects will be profoundly shaped by their relationship. One of the key factors shaping industrialisation in Africa this decade (and beyond) will be the relationship between regional integration and industrial policy. Both are...

    19 Jan 2021 | Max Walter