Private Sector Finance and Development Workshop

at 12:00 GMT, London/Online

The research workshop will be held on Wednesday 1 February at British International Investment.

British International Investment (BII) is delighted to host a research workshop in collaboration with the Private Sector Development Research Network (PSDRN), the CEPR Structural Change and Economic Growth programme (STEG), and the International Growth Centre (IGC). PSDRN is designed to bring together researchers and practitioners with a shared interest in understanding how firms and markets contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth. Both funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), STEG is a research initiative that aims to provide a better understanding of structural change, productivity, and growth in low- and middle-income countries, while IGC is a global research centre that works with policymakers in developing countries to promote inclusive and sustainable growth through pathbreaking research.

The workshop programme will start with a panel discussion of how practitioners put research into practice followed by five presentations and discussions of cutting-edge research into the development impact of private investment. The workshop will be preceded by a buffet lunch and followed by a drinks reception at BII.

Following on from this event, STEG and the IGC are hosting the Conference on Structural Transformation, Growth, and Economic Development on Thursday 2 February and Friday 3 February at the London School of Economics.

Programme & Resources

If you weren't able to attend the conference or if you would simply like to go back and review any of the presentations, you can find all related papers and slides, where available, on this programme.

12:00 - LUNCH

13:00 - Paddy Carter Welcoming Remarks

13:10 - Policy Panel Putting Research into Practice: What We Need and What We Get

  • Prof. Adnan Khan, Chief Economist and Director for the Economics and Evaluation Directorate at FCDO
  • Liz Lloyd CBE, Chief Impact Officer at BII
  • Denis Medvedev, Director of Economic Policy Research at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group

14:00 - BREAK

14:15 - Roberto Fattal Jaef - Deconstructing the Missing Middle: Informality and Growth of Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Kaleb Abreha, Xavier Cirera, Elwyn Davies, and Hibret Maemir) [slides]

14:50 - Sandhya Garg - Financial Access and Gender-wise Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Rural India (with Samarth Gupta and Sushanta Mallick)

15:25 - BREAK

15:40 - Chhavi Rastogi - Entry along the Supply Chain: Removing Growth Restrictions on Firms in India [slides]

16:15 - Nicholas Trachter - Sectoral Development Multipliers (with Francisco Buera) [slides]

16:50 - BREAK

17:05 - Alexandros Ragoussis and Jonathan Timmis - The Great Upgrade [slides]

17:40 - Paddy Carter - Closing Remarks


How to Apply to Present

Application to present at the conference is now closed. Final decisions on the selected papers to be presented at the conference have been returned.

How to Attend

Registration to attend the conference is now closed.

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