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    Microfinance institutions and micro and small enterprises in Ghana: The potential of the missing middle

    Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) could be a catalyst for development in Ghana, if they are able to grow in size and productivity. However a challenge to this is the lack of access to finance. Microfinance institutions (MFIs), and in particular financial non-governmental organisations (FNGOs), could provide this missing link and faciliate the growth of MSEs. To...

    14 Mar 2017 | Marco Trombetta, Pablo Casadio, María Luque Calvo

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    Women and work in rural India

    In contrast with global trends, India has witnessed a decline in women’s employment rates over the past few decades. We investigated this decline in rural areas, where the majority of Indian women live. We found that increasing education levels among rural married women and the men in their households were the most important factors contributing to the decline...

    9 Mar 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Kanika Mahajan, Taryn Dinkelman

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    Management in Pakistan

    The Management and Organizational Practices Survey (MOPS) approach was pioneered in the US across 35,000 establishments. The latest initiative took place in the largest province of Pakistan, where management practices were successfully measured in 2,000 firms and mapped to performance indicators from the census of manufacturing. This exercise has been a first step towards...

    17 Feb 2017 | Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen

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    Organisational structure of trade unions in Myanmar

    Healthy industrial relations, or peaceful negotiations between workers and employers based on mutual benefits, is a key factor for sustained productivity growth. In developing countries, industrial relations are relatively immature, and issues of industrial disputes and strikes are becoming huge political concerns. However, little is known about industrial relations and...

    26 Jan 2017 | Rocco Macchiavello, Mari Tanaka, Sindy Li

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    Improving export performance in Uganda

    Uganda is keen to leverage its external sector to support economic growth and employment creation through structural transformation. This has become increasingly urgent as commodity prices have levelled off and volumes have stagnated with the global slowdown. Policymakers need to establish a supportive environment within which the private sector can invest in exports. The...

    23 Jan 2017 | Ben Shepherd

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    SIDO impact evaluation - scoping study

    In 2015-16 an IGC-funded project led by Prof. Margeret McMillan, on the contribution of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to the structural transformation of Tanzania found that MSMEs are contributing to structural transformation. However, it is only a small sub-set of all MSMEs which are contributing. This result highlights the importance of MSMEs to broader...

    9 Jan 2017 | Margaret McMillan, Joshua Chipman, Jed Silver

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    A study on the impact of financial market reforms on investment, financing, and governance structures of publicly traded firms in India

    This study sought to explore whether financial reforms undertaken in India in the 1990s had an effect on decisions made at the micro level by the publicly traded firms. We examined the effects of the creation of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on firm liquidity and access to financial capital. Firm liquidity increased due to the introduction of paperless trading...

    9 Jan 2017 | Sanjay Banerji, Krishna Gangopadhyay, Madhav Shrihari

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    Understanding workers’ knowledge of working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories

    The garment industry has revolutionised the lives of many people, particularly women, in Bangladesh.  Women have received greater educational investments and postponed marriage and childbearing, and achieved better autonomy household decision-making, the choice of spouse, and the choice to leave abusive marriages.  However, these workers can also face very tough working...

    9 Jan 2017 | Laura Boudreau, Rachel Heath

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    The supply chain for seed: Where does it all go wrong?

    It is well-known that there are significant challenges along the input supply chain in agriculture in Uganda. In particular, once these inputs get down to a farmer level they are of very sub-standard quality, not resulting in the expected yield increases. This is one of the primary reasons why farmers do not face incentives to invest in these inputs. The recent Bold,...

    6 Jan 2017 | Nathan Fiala

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    Capacity building for monitoring & evaluation strategy for Rwanda Development Bank

    This project has two objectives. The first is to produce an integrated study of trade performance and policy priorities that will be of benefit to the government and to DFID as it designs its growth programme. The second is to undertake a scoping visit to assist the Rwandan Development Bank (BRD) in formulating an approach to monitoring and evaluation for its programmes,...

    8 Dec 2016 | Patrick McSharry, Philip English