Local Research for Better Lives


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The EIB-GDN Program is designed as an innovative model of social development through social involvement. The program directly promotes development by producing knowledge for informing large private investment decision making, and encourages “deep development” by building the capacity to produce that knowledge locally, through a process of learning-by-doing. The engagement expects to create an impact in the advisory services space by offering an alternative to commercial models. The unique value proposition of this alternative model is to provide impact investment advice to clients that is customized, contextual, and methodologically cutting-edge, by embedding academic and subject matter experts within client operations.

With active involvement from a world-renowned group of advisors and the team in GDN, the first set of studies under this joint program is now ready. The studies use primary data and indepth analyses to show how the European Investment Bank's investments are impacting private sector projects in Africa. The lessons learned will help to inform the Bank's contribution to sustainable and inclusive development.

Study Titles Cycle 1

  • M-BIRR: Mobile banking in Ethiopia
  • poa! Internet: Community internet in low-income areas of Kenya
  • Première Agence de Microfinance: Promoting financial inclusion in Côte d’Ivoire
  • Irrigation technology adoption and microfinance in rural Benin: RENACA’s agricultural loan programme

Download all studies from Cycle 1 here  

Study Titles Cycle 2

  • Understanding the sustained impact of SOKO on artisans in Kenya: Empirical evidence from Kibera, Kenya
  • Provision of Quality and Affordable Maternal Health Care in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Nest in Senegal 
  • Microfinance Loans, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Poverty: A Case Study of Baobab Microfinance Company
  • The Impact of Customer Relationship Management Software on Firm Performance in Kenya
  • Access to Finance and Growth‐Oriented Investments in Ethiopia’s Manufacturing Sector

Download all the studies from Cycle 2 here 


Contact Abhay Gupta on agupta@gdn.int for further information

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