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Nova SBE NOVAFRICA Knowledge Center operates since 2011. It is producing applied research on sub-Saharan Africa, where it has collaborated with a number of public authorities, private companies, and local organizations.
November 16, 2022
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Technical Assistance in Behavioral Economics to Combat and Prevent Corruption in International Trade

In a recent project conducted in Guinea-Bissau the NOVAFRICA investigators provided technical assistance in behavioral economics to combat and prevent corruption in international trade.

The development of the international trade sector is key to the improvement of the business environment of Guinea Bissau. Hence, in the purview of the Plano Estratégico da Alfândega da Guiné Bissau, there have been several projects developed on the simplification and modernization of customs agencies. Several of these projects have been implemented and supported by the Government of Guinea Bissau and the World Bank through the Projecto de Reabilitação do Sector Privado e Desenvolvimento Agrícola (PRSPDA).The contributions made so far have shown considerable efforts to design and construct simplified procedures and instruments for the customs agencies. Such as, for example, the introduction and improvement of the electronic platform SYDONIA++. Even though crucial for the functioning of the import and export process in Guinea Bissau, these instruments are not being used at their maximum potential. This is due to hurdles that are set up by the different entities, public and private, that operate in the import-export sector. Therefore, the purpose of this technical assistance, required by PRSPDA, is to identify behavioral economics methods that aim to establish a connection between the simplified procedure instruments developed and the interests of the public and private agents that operate with them.


Principal investigators:

Matilde Grácio, Pedro C. Vicente e Sandra Sequeira



World Bank | Government of Guinea-Bissau | Private Sector Rehabilitation and Agri-Business Development Project


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