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    Exploratory study in artisanal small-scale mining in Liberia

    Although Liberia has significant mineral wealth, due to the informality of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector (ASM), and a limited government capacity to monitor it, the country cannot maximise the revenue from the exploitation of non-renewable resources. The Liberian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) currently relies on underpaid agents and volunteers to monitor...

    15 Nov 2020 | Graeme Blair, Darin Christensen

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    Electricity as a growth constraint for small and medium enterprises in Bihar state, India

    The reliability and access to electricity remain a challenge across much of rural India despite rapidly growing grid electrification rates. Small and medium-sized firms represent one-third of businesses in low-income countries but are also the most vulnerable to bad electric supply. A study conducted in four rural Indian states found that only 65% of firms are connected to...

    9 Nov 2020 | Johannes Urpelainen, Michaël Aklin, Setu Pelz

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    Fostering adoption and productive use of electricity in rural Rwanda

    More than 700 million people worldwide lack access to electricity, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, which hosts more than 70% of the world’s non-electrified population. To reach the United Nations’ SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) by 2030, a big electrification push in Africa is needed. Rural electrification programs,...

    1 Nov 2020 | Nathan Fiala, Lise Masselus, Anicet Munyehirwe, Jörg Peters , Maximiliane Sievert

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    The impact of COVID-19 on Ethiopia’s industrial parks: A rapid review

    Over the past decade, the government of Ethiopia has pursued a strategy of labour-intensive industrialisation through export-oriented light manufacturing. The strategy is predicated on the use of low-cost labour as a source of competitive advantage within global value chains. For this purpose, the government has encouraged large-scale foreign direct investment (FDI) in the...

    23 Oct 2020 | Pramila Krishnan, Christian Meyer, Andualem Mengistu

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    Zambian youth unemployment in industries without smokestacks

    Zambia has high rates of unemployment and is overly dependent on mining for growth and foreign exchange. In 2018, the unemployment rate was 12.6 percent and the youth unemployment rate was 17.4 percent. With a growing population, this issue will only become worse without intervention and growth in labour-absorbing sectors of the economy. This study researches...

    23 Jul 2020 | Rayner Tabetando, Anand Rajaram, Dennis Chiwele

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    Who's winning and who's losing? Economic impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing firms

    The severity of the economic impact of COVID-19 in Zambia has been projected to be substantial, where simulations predict a 4.2% contraction in Zambia’s economic output. Unequivocally, the impact on industries such as tourism, hospitality, retail, restaurant and bars has been negative and immediate. On manufacturing, however, it is less certain. Certain industries are...

    1 Jul 2020 | Shimukunku Manchishi, Mwanda Phiri

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    COVID-19 and tourism in Uganda

    COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on the global economy and for many developing countries tourism seems to be the most affected sector. Especially since tourists from the north are likely to first opt for destinations that are both closer to home and equipped with better health facilities, the impact of COVID-19 on tourism in developing countries could be severe and...

    1 Jul 2020 | Philip English, Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

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    Is there an urban wage premium in Rwanda?

    Urbanisation is key to promoting sustainable economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). A growing body of economic literature has reached a consensus that urban wages are consistently higher than rural wages in a phenomenon known as the “urban wage premium”. However, evidence is much more scarce on an urban wage premium for developing countries and for Africa in...

    30 Apr 2020 | Carlo Menon

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    Economic impacts of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

    News of a new virus started coming out of China towards the end of 2019. By mid-March 2020, the world went into varying levels of lockdown with immediate and severe economic impacts , particularly for certain sectors most reliant on person-to-person contacts such as restaurants, cafes, sporting events, non-essential retail, and travel and tourism. No country was immune to...

    27 Apr 2020 | Dominique van der Mensbrugghe

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    Hiring frictions and growth among small firms in India

    This project asks whether frictions in the labour recruitment process constrain the growth of small, urban firms in India. In partnership with QuikrJobs, a leading online job portal for entry-level skilled and semi-skilled recruitment in India, we conduct an experiment cross-randomizing access to two interventions for small firms in Bangalore, India, looking to hire on the...

    1 Mar 2020 | A Nilesh Fernando, Niharika Singh, Gabriel Tourek