BlogHow big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers
A shopper prepares to pay at an informal shop in Soweto, South Africa. Smaller retailers are struggling to grow. Supermarkets are a key route to market for many suppliers of food and household consumable products...Supermarkets Growth Economic development
BlogLeading economists agree: closing borders is not the answer to inequality
Building a great big wall will not close the gap. Jorge Duenes/Reuters US President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border. Britain wants to retreat into its shell to become an isolated island state ...Inequality immigration Refugees
BlogA brief history of the role of energy in the global economy: The last 25 years
Ever since the British Industrial Revolution, energy has been a key factor of production. Recent history has proved no exception. The pattern of primary commercial energy consumption since 1965 is presented in Figure 1...
BlogMade in Africa – the future of production on the continent
The international community has a new set of development goals. They reflect Africa’s aspirations much more closely than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they replaced...Production Manufacturing Industrial development
BlogProspects for a Tanzanian transformation
Researchers, policy makers, and representatives of international institutions recently gathered in Dar es Salaam to discuss prospects for a transformation of Tanzania’s economy...Transformation Growth Informal sector (Economics)
BlogHow did South Sudan get stuck in a fragility trap?
In my last blog I wrote about the common factors at play in political and economic transitions. Using the case of South Sudan, I demonstrated how these factors laid the groundwork for a fragility trap. In this post, I explain what this means...Conflict Fragile states
BlogCommon factors in conflict-induced state fragility
What does it mean to be a fragile state?...Conflict Fragile states
BlogWhy migrants need to be factored into responses to unexpected crises
No country is immune from unexpected crises, such as sudden breakouts of violence, war, or natural disasters...Migration Humanitarian assistance
BlogAchieving gender equality in India: what works, and what doesn’t
Discrimination against women and girls is a pervasive and long-running phenomenon that characterises Indian society at every level...Women
BlogSome good news from Mozambique: poverty levels have been reduced
There has been a serious deficit of good news in Mozambique for quite some time...Equality and inequality Poverty
BlogBringing together macroeconomic policy actors in Mozambique to reflect on current challenges and future scenarios
On 25 October 2016, the Inclusive Growth in Mozambique project brought together key actors in macroeconomic policy management from the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Mozambique, and Mozambican academia...Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Macroeconomics
BlogEffective taxation policies to promote equitable growth and development
Taxation is a crucial source of revenue for countries around the world and plays an important role in development efforts...Economic development Taxation
BlogScraps of hope — inequalities and everyday life in post-tsunami Banda Aceh
Helsinki: symbol of peace in Aceh On the 15 August 2005, a government banquet hall in Helsinki became the centre point for international media...
BlogDoes women’s education reduce rates of death in childbirth?
Every single day, approximately 830 women die from causes related to childbirth. Despite considerable advances in maternal health over the last three decades ( Hogan et al...Education Health Women
BlogPoverty and wellbeing in Mozambique
The gains have been substantial and have occurred in both rural and urban zones...Consumption (Economics) Poverty
BlogDiscrimination – the limitations of implicit association tests and the impact of the job market
The Center for American Progress estimates the costs of discrimination at US$64 billion per year, or roughly 2 million annually displaced American workers (Burns, 2012). Discrimination is clearly costly...