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 studies whether aspirational and soft touch job search skills interventions can contribute towards bridging the supply and demand side in promoting female employment in Pakistan.
Researchers: Hamna Ahmed, Farah Said, Zunia Saif Tirmazee
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
Country: Pakistan
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project seeks to provide stylised facts on the relationship between job reallocation, employment and productivity growth in the Zimbabwean manufacturing sector.
Researchers: Godfrey Kamutando
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
Country: Zimbabwe
This study analyses the relationship between management practices and SMEs performances and the effect of the level of market competitiveness on upgrading management practices.
Researchers: Aristide Sugrinoma Ouédraogo, Soumaila Gansonre
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
Country: Burkina Faso
By exploring the microstructure, this study seeks to address the frictions, inefficiencies and lack of competition of corporate bond markets in Africa.
Researchers: Wycliffe Oluoch
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
This project tries to understand bribery’s effect on entrepreneurship, which could help policymakers design interventions to aid the development of new enterprises, thus fostering growth and alleviating poverty.
Researchers: Samuel Leone
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
This project seeks to investigate how and why fertilizers’ quality degrades as it makes its way from urban ports to rural farmers.
Researchers: Hope Michelson
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Tanzania
This project focuses on releasing key data on Ghanaian firms into the public domain.
Researchers: Andrew Kerr
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Ghana
This project considers an innovative new microfinance product, based on the principles of equity financing, in which promising potential entrepreneurs are provided with capital, training and mentorship to help them become online freelancers.
Researchers: Abu Shonchoy, Simon Quinn, Muhammad Meki, Mehrab Bakhtiar
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
The project seeks to further our understanding of the effects of industrialization initiatives on rural communities in developing countries.
Researchers: Morgan Hardy, Kevin Croke, Christian Johannes Meyer
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project uses a field experiment in Kenya to understand the effect of consumer-side discrimination on individual and aggregate-worker productivities.
Researchers: Matthew Pecenco, Erin Kelley, Edward Rubin
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender

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