International Growth Centre (IGC)

The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice, based on frontier research. The IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia; it works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. Based at LSE and in partnership with the University of Oxford, the IGC is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The IGC has 15 country programmes in 14 countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India (Bihar state and Central), Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia). The IGC research programme has four principal themes: state effectiveness, firm capabilities, cities and energy.

The IGC is led by Executive Director, Jonathan Leape along with Directors Robin Burgess, Professor of Economics at the LSE, and Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Oxford. Among our faculty, Tony Venables is a member the IGC Steering Group. Doug Gollin and Pramila Krishnan are Lead Academics for IGC Ethiopia and Christopher Adam is the Lead Academic for IGC Tanzania.

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