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The Status of Regional Trade Liberalization in East Africa

The broad objective of this project was to take stock of recent trends and current status of regional trade liberalisation in East Africa. Specifically, the project explored the recent and current trade regimes in each of the three EAC countries as well as the direction of intra-regional trade, the evolution of general tariffs and tariff structures, revenue implications of tariff reforms, and EAC negotiations on formation of a customs union. It discussed technical, political and strategic issues that may constitute stumbling blocks in the achievement of regional integration in East Africa.
Undertaken by: ACEG
Countries: Kenya
Project Director: Dr Nehemiah Ng’eno
Year completed: 2003


Information and Communication Technologies and the Productivity of MSEs in Africa

This collaborative project, co-sponsored by ACEG and the Institute for New Technologes at the United Nations University (UNU/INTECH), sought to identify mechanisms through which MSEs in Africa can utilize Information and Communication Technologies to increase their productivity and overall contribution to growth and development in the continent.
Undertaken by: Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE)
Countries: Kenya, Ghana
Project Director: Dr Catherine Nyaki Adeya and Dr Andrew Mullei
Year completed: 2003


Multi-Country Study on Growth and Transformation of Small Firms in Africa

The major objective of this study is to determine ways through which the transformation process of small firms in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Kenya can be enhanced. The specific objectives of the study are to: (1) Determine the most appropriate measure of firm-size categorization (employment, investment and turnover) from the perspective of growth and transformation; (2) Categorise small firms by size, determine the size distribution and identify key features under each size category; (3) Discuss the pattern and process of growth and transformation of small firms, highlighting indicators of growth and transformation from one size category to the next and the internal and external factors behind each; (4) Explore the existence of growth spurts in small firms in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Kenya and determine ways through which such can be activated or enhanced once it sets in; (5) Make specific and actionable recommendations on ways through which the growth and transformation rate of small firms in Zim
Undertaken by: Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), University of Ghana, Southern Africa Microfinance Capacity Building Facility
Countries: Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe
Project Director: Dr Andrew Mullei
Year completed: 2003


Trade Liberalization and Regional Integration Study of East Africa

The basic objective of this study was to determine and quantify the benefits and costs of the EAC regional integration scheme and propose options for equitable sharing of these benefits and costs by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The specific objectives were to: (1) Document areas of possible benefits as well as costs for Kenya’s, Uganda’s and Tanzania’s full participation in the EAC regional integration scheme; (2) Determine and quantify the benefits and costs of Kenya’s, Uganda’s and Tanzania’s full participation in the EAC regional integration scheme, highlighting the actual/potential beneficiaries and losers; (3) Identify acceptable formulae and an institutional framework for equitable sharing of the benefits and for handling matters of compensation within EAC regional integration scheme; (4) Explore any other aspects that may hold back the pace at which progress is made towards full regional integration of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania; (5) Identify key areas of policy reform that need
Undertaken by: Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam, Research Department, Central Bank of
Countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
Project Director: Dr Andrew Mullei
Year completed: 2003


Sessional Paper on Growth and Development of Micro and Small Enterprises in Kenya

The aim of this project was to formulate a new policy framework for the development of micro and small enterprises in Kenya utilising research results from the extensive policy research work carried out by ACEG on the policy environment within which micro and small enterprises in Kenya operate. The resultant Sessional Paper was to depart from the earlier one of 1992 by paying special attention to implementation clarity, the role of the private sector and the importance of linking MSEs to the knowledge economy. Other significant areas of improvement include policy attention to coordination of MSE activities, environmental concerns, gender specific issues and measures to address the challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic to the sector.
Undertaken by: ACEG
Countries: Kenya
Project Director: Dr Andrew Mullei and Prof Wafula Masai
Year completed: 2003


Kenya’s Democratic Transition: Challenges and Opportunities - Recommendations

This booklet discusses opportunities open to, as well as challenges facing Kenyans during the period when the country is going through a constitutional review process and the period of transition from one government to another. The booklet identifies political and socio-economic governance, human rights, nationhood, citizenship, corruption, and ultimately, people’s involvement in their governance as issues facing the country during the crucial period of transition. The booklet also highlights the need for restructuring the state, restoring confidence in institutions of governance, adopting a new development paradigm, building a nation, enhancing accountability by public servants, protecting and safeguarding the rights of Kenyans, and the need for morality and integrity in national life.
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Countries: Kenya
Project Director: Dr Andrew Mullei
Year completed: 2003


Dissemination Workshop of a Project on Governance and Fiscal Policy Systems in Kenya (September 16 2003)

The main purpose of the Workshop was to disseminate the results of the project on “Fiscal Policy Systems in Kenya”. The results from the study would inform and educate stakeholders on ways to improve economic governance and the fiscal policy systems in Kenya.
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Countries: Kenya
Project Director: Prof Wafula Masai
Year completed: 2003


Dissemination Workshop for a Study on Institutionalising Democratic Governance in Kenya (June 30 2003)

The primary objective of the Workshop was to present the findings of a study on institutionalising democratic governance in Kenya undertaken on six key research issues that are critical to the institutionalisation and deepening of governance in Kenya, and to brainstorm on the way forward for institutionalising democratic governance in Kenya in this transition period with a view to the restoration of confidence in institutions of governance, enhancing integrity in public life, and the need for a new development paradigm.
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Countries: Kenya
Project Director: Prof Abdalla Bujra
Year completed: 2003


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ACEG at a glance

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