Exploratory Research Grant Projects

Exploratory Research Grants are awarded to successful applicants every two months. Projects are chosen based on scientific merit, methodological rigour and policy relevance.

This project seeks to understand the recent impact on Ethiopia's leather value chain of investment and growing interest from predominantly Asian/Chinese firms in order to inform policies to foster productivity-enhancing linkages between foreign and local firms. 
Researchers: Deborah Brautigam, Margaret McMillan, Xiaobo Zhang
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Ethiopia
Through an experimental intervention of providing business training and improved credit access to entrepreneurs, this project seeks to examine the dynamics of how managerial capital helps transform businesses from micro to small-sized enterprises and from small to medium-sized enterprises.
Researchers: Stephen Anderson-Macdonald, Rajesh Chandy, Bilal Zia
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender