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    Quality upgrading and contract enforcement in Uganda's coffee sector

    There has long been interest in the process of structural transformation, moving from subsistence agriculture to the production of manufactured goods (Lewis, 1954). Improving the value of agricultural exports is often considered an important first step in this process. More broadly, there has been growing interest in quality upgrading in developing country markets and firms...

    3 Dec 2019 | Ameet Morjaria, Lauren Falcao, Ritwika Sen

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    Understanding non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    Non-tariff barriers may be particularly prohibitive to small traders, and therefore may have the unintended consequence of concentrating market power at the border. This can influence the degree of competition in domestic markets within each country. The result is that border policies may affect businesses, farmers, and consumers throughout the country through not only the...

    3 Dec 2019 | Lauren Falcao, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz

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    Performance of artisanal gold exports in Ethiopia

    In its second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II), the Government of Ethiopia planned to expand the export base by strengthening the export performance of selected sectors, including mining. The government set an ambitious target of increasing foreign exchange earnings of the mining sector from 344 million USD to 2.0 billion USD between 2014/15 and 2019/20. Enhancing...

    29 Nov 2019 | Kiflu Molla, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

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    Industrialisation and urbanisation

    Ethiopia is a fast-growing low-income country with an expanding manufacturing sector. A key policy objective of the government of Ethiopia is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. The parks are designed to offer high-quality government services and infrastructure (including a reliable energy supply), access to a...

    29 Nov 2019 | Antonio Caria, Stefan Dercon, Girum Abebe, Nicolas Lippolis

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    Measuring management practices in Ethiopian firms: Module for the CSA manufacturing survey of medium and large enterprises

    The project team has already merged survey data from the Central Statistical Authority's (CSA’s) Census of Medium and Large Enterprises with Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority’s firm level trade data. This has resulted in a panel data set. This project aims to disentangle fluctuations in supply of material inputs from other constraints. Also, the larger aim is to...

    29 Nov 2019 | Andualem Mengistu, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Pramila Krishnan

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    Testing the impact of contracts to improve financial access for small firms

    Access to finance for the purchase of productive assets is central to the success of small firms. This project studies three scalable financial instruments designed to address behavioural constraints that may limit small firms’ financial access, investment and technology adoption: asset-collateralised loans (ACLs); layaway contracts; and a hybrid layaway-ACL...

    14 Nov 2019 | Michael Kremer, Kevin Carney, Xinyue Lin, Gautam Rao

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    Hawassa Industrial Park administrative data collection support

    The Government of Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious industrialisation strategy based on the creation of special economic zones as centres of export-oriented light manufacturing. The flagship industrial park of this strategy is located in the city of Hawassa, in Ethiopia's Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) Region. At full capacity, the Hawassa...

    4 Nov 2019 | Morgan Hardy, Christian Meyer, Kevin Croke

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    What is the effect of short-term subsidies on demand for potable water

    In rural Bihar, roughly 86 million households source their drinking and cooking water primarily from shallow well hand pumps that are vulnerable to biological and chemical contamination (Brouns et al. 2013; Mishra et al. 2009; Das et al. 2013). Furthermore, both the knowledge and practice of adequate water purification techniques remain dangerously low (Das et al. 2013). To...

    4 Nov 2019 | Drew Cameron

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    Microfinance for clean cooking with LPG In Kenya: an evaluation of a pilot experiment and implications for future program roll-out

    Lack of access to modern energy for cooking is responsible for a high mortality and impaired quality of life for millions of people in low and middle-income countries, who are exposed to hazardous smoke from cooking with biomass and kerosene. The use of clean cooking fuels in Kenya is less than 12% (DHS report 2014), resulting in an unsustainable demand for biomass...

    1 Nov 2019 | Eric Hsu, Elisa Puzzolo, Meixi Gan, Daniel Pope

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    Trade research and capacity building

    Myanmar is strategically located between India and China, two of the largest economies in the world. To take advantage of this position, the Government of Myanmar needs to implement trade policies and guidelines that are evidence driven, as well as maximises the national employment, domestic products and productivity. The constraints for the Ministry of Commerce to fully...

    1 Nov 2019 | Rocco Macchiavello, David Atkin