Karishma Banga

Karishma Banga

Research Fellow

Karishma Banga is an Economist with a focus on international trade, digitalisation and development. She works as a Research Fellow in the Digital and Technology Cluster at IDS.

Karishma’s ongoing research examines upgrading in Global Value Chains (GVCs), digitalisation and labour markets and digital trade negotiations, with a focus on development implications, particularly for African and Asian economies. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the International Economic Development Group, ODI, London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute of Geneva. She has led and collaborated on a range of projects with international and multilateral organisations like UNECA, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNCTAD, Afreximbank, African Union and the WTO, and has experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including high-level policymakers, industry associations, civil society and media. Karishma has held Graduate Teaching roles at the University of Manchester and supervised dissertations on trade, digital development and economic growth.

Karishma specializes in providing policy-relevant research based on quantitative modelling and analysis, and also has extensive experience in designing and conducting large-scale surveys and interviews. She holds a PhD in Global Value Chains and upgrading in the Indian economy from the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and a MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge.




AfCFTA must kickstart African digital industrialisation

As we’ve all witnessed in our own lives in the past year, Covid-19 has accelerated e-commerce and digital trade globally. This growth has enabled digital platforms such as Amazon and Alibaba to become “gatekeepers” in the digital economy rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape itself...

25 May 2021


Lobbying for Digital Dominance in Africa

The increasing digitisation of the global economy is rapidly transforming industries and societies across the globe, presenting both opportunities and threats. Covid-19 has shined a spotlight on digital development. The stakes are high for African countries where technology, if introduced...

15 April 2021



Are Trade Rules Undermining Taxation of the Digital Economy in Africa?

ICTD Research in Brief 103

Countries have the potential to tax the digital economy through a combination of at least these four measures, which can be incorporated into their industrial policy and revenue collection strategies.

11 March 2024

Working Paper

Are Trade Rules Undermining Taxation of the Digital Economy in Africa?

ICTD Working Paper 181

African countries are currently considering provisions in the AfCFTA and at the WTO to liberalise digital trade. As they face mounting fiscal pressures, it is imperative that they beware the implications of digital trade provisions for their ability to tax their digital economy. In this...

Alexander Beyleveld

1 February 2024

Karishma Banga’s recent work

Specialist short course

Making Trade Policy Inclusive (online)

This course provides a comprehensive package to advance understanding of inclusion in international trade and trade policy – covering poverty, gender, human rights, sustainability and power asymmetries.