JICA Research Institute

Research

Empirical Study of Industrial Clusters in Africa, the Role of Space, Infrastructure, Human Resources and Social Capital

Past Research Projects

This study is part of a joint research project with the World Bank and the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID). Using data obtained from a whole-cases survey and from a training program for management personnel at furniture plants in the Tanzanian city of Arusha, the study looks for factors that result in corporate growth. Analysis is conducted on the impact on corporate performance of the following specific factors: business location, accumulation density and diversity, size of the labor market, solidity of the labor market, ethnic network, and the management personnel training program. On completion of this project, another whole-cases survey will likely be undertaken on the effect of improvements to an international road link between Tanzania and Kenya which is being financed by "a loan from the Japanese government."

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