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Our Services

Policy-relevant research, modelling and analysis

In furtherance of our goal to strengthen evidence-driven policy engagement on socioeconomic development, our independent research activities focus on micro-level policy-relevant issues and questions that are germane to the development planning process. Ongoing research focus on areas including labour market, public transfer programs, insurance, demography and industrial organization of healthcare markets. We have also supported development institutions and organizations in research on education, labour markets and digital economy.

Intervention Knowledge Harvest

There is a growing consensus among experts that solutions to Africa’s development challenges are available in Africa. But they are fragmented and unavailable for consultation! Agencies and donor institutions are increasingly seeking information about what has been done, what worked, what did not work, and why some interventions succeeded while others failed, but the knowledge is often undocumented, fragmented and unmanaged. The absence of such knowledge bank contributes to project failures, reinventing the wheel, repetition of implementation errors and ultimately poor returns on project spending. The focus of this program is to systematically harness the existing wealth of knowledge on development interventions and make them available to the wide development policy and planning community. Our objective is to create a compendium of programs and interventions implemented in all areas of economy and society including but not limited to education, health, community development, agriculture, enterprise development, competition and financial inclusion. It will provide detailed analysis of each intervention that highlights its success or failure and the factors associated with the outcome, and the teachable canons of the model in relation to design, implementation, monitoring, performance evaluation and scalability.

Common knowledge among participating agents is central to competitive economic models. Thus, information asymmetries constitute serious challenges to efficient resource allocation and economic performance. This program focuses on developing mechanisms to reduce or eliminate information asymmetries and develop data repositories in crucial sectors of the economy, including agriculture, healthcare, labour markets and international trade. The solutions we are deploying include an informationally efficient coordination mechanism (IECM) for agriculture-led industrialization, demography and epidemiology profiling (DEPR), labour market information system (LMIS) and a trade and investment digital economy platform (TRIDEP).