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Managing Natural Resources: an Attempt to Clarify the Debate

Published: 2016
The Management of natural resources is a matter of great importance, both politically, socially, environmentally and economically. The subject is, though, vast and varied and sufficiently legitimate to clarify the terms of the debate. Since it obviously cannot be claimed to present a complete and exhaustive picture, this policy brief sets out to identify some of the substantive issues tied to...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 28 No. 6 November-December 2016

Published: 2016
"The opening article by Semiha Abdulmelik, who also served as guest editor, provides not only an exhaustive overview of the institutional and normative framework underpinning the WPS agenda at the global and African levels, but also identifies entry points for African Member States and institutions to have an impact on global policy and practice on UNSCR 1325. Jeanine Cooper’s article titled...

Horn Of Africa Bulletin Vol 29 No. 1 January-February 2017

Published: 2017
This January-February issue focuses on the elections in Somalia and their impact on the future of Somalia. This issue also addresses the interface between the elections in Somalia and their impact on ‘Somaliland. Faduma Abukar’s article is particularly insightful in this regard being based on direct reportage of events just before and after the elections. Her article captures the unrestrained joy...

Policy Advocacy in Peacebuilding

Published: 2017
LPI decided to explore the theoretical and practical nexus between advocacy and peacebuilding and how advocacy could be used to address immediate as well as structural peacebuilding challenges. The purpose of the toolkit is to introduce peacebuilders to the theories and tools behind advocacy and how they can be utilised to complement peacebuilding efforts. While the contents of this resource pack...

Revival of Agricultural Productivity in Africa: Hoping for Better Food Security

Remarkable economic performance accompanied African economies with the entry into the new millennium, in comparison to previous decades. The agricultural sector, which remains the cornerstone of economic and social development, has not remained on the sidelines. This sector, overall, continues to show robust growth, driven by an increase in productivity, measured in part and overall terms....

Relance de la Productivité Agricole en Afrique: l’Espoir d’une Sécurité Alimentaire

L’entrée des économies africaines dans le nouveau millénaire s’est accompagnée de performances économiques remarquables, par rapport aux décennies antérieures. Le secteur agricole, qui demeure la clé de voûte du développement économique et social, n’est pas resté en marge. Globalement, ce secteur continue d’enregistrer une croissance robuste, tirée par une hausse de la productivité, mesurée de...

China faced with the Proliferation of the Terrorist Phenomenon in Africa

Published: 2016
"The expansion of the terrorist phenomenon in Africa puts China in a dilemma: to remain true to its non-interference policy in the internal affairs of other States, even if Chinese citizens and interests are threatened or; adopt a more interventionist policy to protect its investments in Africa even at the cost of making certain corrections to the principles that have, until now, underpinned...

Framed! How the Human Rights Framework Shapes our Engagements: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Exercises to Explore the Framework that Human Rights Offer

"A significant development in the modern-day state is the notion of the ‘Rule of Law”. This generally means that no-one is above the law. This emanates from the idea that the law is based on fundamental principles which can be discovered, but which cannot be created by an act of will. Two of the most important sources of law in many countries are legislation and case law. If ambiguity or...

Framed! How the Human Rights Framework Shapes our Engagements: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Exercises to Explore the Framework that Human Rights Offer

"A significant development in the modern-day state is the notion of the ‘Rule of Law”. This generally means that no-one is above the law. This emanates from the idea that the law is based on fundamental principles which can be discovered, but which cannot be created by an act of will. Two of the most important sources of law in many countries are legislation and case law. If ambiguity or...

Emissions de Dioxyde de Carbone et Croissance Economique au Maroc : Une Analyse de la Courbe Environnementale de Kuznets / Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Economic Growth of Morocco: An Analysis of the Curve Environmental Kuznets

Published: 2016
In a global context there is growing concern about climate change. Understanding the impact of economic growth on the environment becomes crucial, especially for developing countries. This paper addresses this issue through the prism of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and examines how economic growth affects the environment. The objective of this study is to test the validity of the curve...

Analyse de lʼinteraction des Politiques Budgétaire et Monétaire au sein de lʼUnion Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine /Analysis of the Budgetary and Monetary Policy Interaction within the West African Economic and Monetary Union

Publisher: Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES)
Published: 2011
This article analyzed the coordination of fiscal and monetary policies within the UEMOA. The analysis of the evolution of budget deficits and public debt shows that there is some form of coordination reinforced by the implementation of the Stability, Convergence, Growth and Solidarity Pact, by similar strategies National budgeting policies and multilateral surveillance arrangements. The study of...

From Technology Transfer to Technology Absorption Addressing Climate Technology Gaps in Africa

Despite many years of technology transfer to Africa under various mechanisms and programs of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Africa remains the continent with the lowest level of technology required for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Several studies on how to fix Africa’s climate technology needs, including policy prescriptions by African leaders,...

From Technology Transfer to Technology Absorption Addressing Climate Technology Gaps in Africa

Despite many years of technology transfer to Africa under various mechanisms and programs of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Africa remains the continent with the lowest level of technology required for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Several studies on how to fix Africa’s climate technology needs, including policy prescriptions by African leaders,...

Gender and Torture Does it Matter? An Exploration of the Ways in which Gender Influences the Impact of Torture and Rehabilitation Services

This report provides the beginnings of an exploration of the way in which gender may be relevant in how torture is experienced, its impact, and its rehabilitation. It highlights some important aspects of gender as it relates to torture and assists in exploring the implications of these on treatment.

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 March-April 2017

Published: 2017
The panoramic article by Desta reviews the Information and Communications Technology for Peace (ICT4P) literature on the Horn of Africa (the Horn) and showcases the varying levels towards which peacebuilders in the Horn have been able to exploit the internet and social media for conflict transformation and peace-building. The article by Yilma highlights internet access and policies in Ethiopia....

Rehabilitation: A Priority Need for Torture Victims

"An act of torture causes severe pain or suffering either physically or mentally on the victim. The aim of any torturer is to break the victim and this also leads to the destruction of the identity of the victim and the breaking of their personality. Torture always creates continuing after-effects in the victim’s life, often scarring them physically or mentally for life. Once broken, a...

Crime and Insecurity Remain Near the Top of South Africans' Agenda

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2017
South Africa is still grappling with serious problems of crime and violence. Both Statistics South Africa and the government’s 20-year review reveal significant progress, but both also confirm continued disturbingly high levels of violence. Ordinary South Africans are deeply concerned about their personal safety. As they have for the past decade, citizens continue to rank crime and insecurity as...

Beyond Access: Addressing Digital Inequality in Africa

"Although most Africans remain disconnected from the Internet, and access to broadband services continues to be a central policy issue, the increased availability of broadband services alone will not reduce digital inequality on the continent. While the provision of access to the Internet remains a key public policy issue — as a necessary condition of digital participation in the economy and...

Africa Capacity Report 2015: Capacity Imperatives for Domestic Resource Mobilization in Africa

Published: 2015
The objectives of the ACR are to measure and examine capacity in relation to the development agenda in African countries by focusing on the key determinants and components of capacity for development. The first chapter is devoted primarily to Africa’s capacity development landscape. It focuses on the Africa Capacity Indicators and the Africa Capacity Index. This year’s annual theme of key...

#Hashtag An Analysis of the # FeesMustFall Movement at South African Universities

"Student-led protests gained momentum in 2015/16 and spread across the country. The #FeesMustFall movement sparked heated debates on fee increases in universities. Other demands by students included the decolonisation of the educational system, transformation of universities to address racial and gender inequalities in terms of staff composition, as well as insourcing of general workers. The...

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