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Implications of the Global Commodity Price Slump for Zambia’s Agriculture Commentary

This Regional Economic Outlook report focuses broadly on two aspects, namely the commodity price slump as well as sustainable growth and financial development. Many key insights are offered as well as broad policy recommendations. The report makes one key point – stating that global commodity prices have slumped in recent times and so developed and developing economies in the world will have to...

African Centred Solutions : Building Peace and Security in Africa

This book comprises nine chapters focusing on the theoretical foundation for exploring and investigating the AfSol concept, offering examples and applications of AfSol practices aimed at addressing peace and security challenges. Chapter two - Interrogating the Concept and Ideal of African-Centred Solutions to African Peace and Security Challenges by Amadu Sesay interrogates AfSol in depth,...

Young People at Risk of HIV/AIDS in Edo State: What Should We Do?

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2013
The HP4RY programme for the young, proved enormous benefits and success. This write up recommended that: 1) Nigeria should continue to seek for international partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Together with international bodies, the government should ensure that more projects like HP4RY are funded especially in order to get to the grassroots. 2) It should continue expanding delivery of the...

A Year after Valletta: What has Changed?

This HAB issue focuses on the large volume of people migrating from the Middle East and Africa - fleeing conflict or poverty and heading to Europe. This issue coincides with the one-year anniversary of the Valletta Summit on Migration held in November 2015. In the first article “Inter-state and multilateral collaboration on migration and mobility in the post Valetta era: Key issues” the article...

Walking a Tight Rope to Economic Recovery “Restoring Fiscal Fitness for Sustained Inclusive Growth and Development”

A clear link was established between the 2017 National Budget speech and the medium-term Economic Recovery Programme dubbed “Zambia Plus”. The budget, in this regard, will be as a key instrument for establishing a foundation for economic recovery and eventual sustained and inclusive growth over 3-5 years. Zambia Plus is described as a home grown programme for soliciting external or development...

Promoting and Supporting Informal Sector Activities in Nigeria during the Period of Economic Crisis

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2012
Nigeria has the largest, and arguably the most dynamic, informal sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Informal activities are estimated to have increased from approximately 50 per cent of the urban workforce in the late 1970s to 65 per cent by the late 1980s. This policy brief is based on the findings of one of CPED’s research projects, relating to the challenges facing the informal sector during a...

Key Findings of the Primary Health Care Study in Delta State, Nigeria

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2015
Data for the Primary Health Care (PHC) study in Delta State was collected from public and private PHC facilities in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) selected from the three senatorial zones in the state. This study was designed to provide information on the general performance and utilization of PHCs that offer primary health care services including maternal, child, and reproductive health...

Togo's Maritime Challenges : Why Security Remains a Major Issue

The African Union’s Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development is scheduled to be held in Lomé in October 2016. Togo is confronting a range of maritime security concerns and issues. The West African country’s progress is assessed in securing its coastline since 2012, when it recorded the second highest number of acts of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea after Nigeria. The report...

Exclusion Issues and Challenges in the Implementation of the Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2015
This policy brief provides information on the findings of on-going research on “Amnesties for Peace in the Niger Delta: a critical assessment of whether forgiving crimes of the past contributes to lasting peace”. The study aimed to critically interrogate the amnesty and the political settlement leading to it, in terms of perceptions, discourses and conversations that undergird it; the nature of...

In Zimbabwe, Tolerance Crosses Ethnic, Religious, National - but not Sexual - Lines

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Given Zimbabwe’s diversity of ethnic, religious, national, political, and social backgrounds, peace and stability would be unthinkable without some degree of tolerance for those who are different. On some fronts, the country has struggled with intolerance. The findings show that large majorities of Zimbabweans express tolerant attitudes toward people of different religions and ethnic groups...

Stakeholders Reactions to the Findings of Primary Health Care Study in Delta State

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2015
This research programme has a general objective to contribute to a body of evidence on the strengthening of the health system in Nigeria. This can influence the development, modification and implementation of policies on equitable access to health care with a specific focus on the primary health care component. Stakeholders’ reactions, as well as the results of feedback meetings is presented in...

Despite Criticism of Economic Performance, Swazis Optimistic About Future Gains

"In its Vision 2022 agenda, the Kingdom of Swaziland lays out its goal of being “in the top 10% of the human development group of countries founded on sustainable development, social justice and political stability”. Public perceptions highlight both challenges and optimism for Swaziland’s path forward. As recorded in the latest national Afrobarometer survey, assessments of the country’s...

Job Performance of MPs, Local Councillors: Are Representatives Serving Voters or Themselves?

"Members of Parliament (MPs) and local government councillors are elected to represent their constituents. In a functioning democracy, these office-holders are expected to represent the public interest and to be accountable to those who elected them. Overall public trust is low, perceived corruption and official impunity are on the rise, and most people say MPs and local councillors aren’t...

China's Growing Presence in Africa Wins Largely Positive Popular Reviews

"Strategic collaboration with Africa has become a priority in the global North, East, and West. Powers that once saw the African continent primarily as a source of raw materials now focus on “partnership” and “development,” following the lead of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in highlighting mutual benefits of investment and trade. China, in particular, has rapidly...

Participation of Stakeholders in Development: Issues and CPED's Experience in Nigeria

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2010
The first article in this document is titled: Sixty five years of planning in Nigeria without stakeholder participation. This article gives some insight into the path of Nigeria's development planning during the time of colonial rule under Britain from 1945 to 1960 as well as the era of Democratic dispensation from 1999 onwards. The next article titled: Grassroots stakeholder participation...

Indirect Colonial Rule and the Political Salience of Ethnicity

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"This paper identifies indirect colonial rule as an important determinant of whether ethnicity becomes politically salient in the post-colonial context. We first demonstrate the existence of a cross-national relationship between indirect colonial rule and the salience of ethnicity in sub-Saharan Africa. We then identify the effect of indirect colonial rule through a within-country natural...

Analysis of Existing Institutional Arrangements and the Policy Environment for Managing Risk Related to Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Climate Disaster areas, with Specific Reference to Smallholder Farming in South Africa

Publisher: FANRPAN
Published: 2014
"This report covers crop production and post-harvest management policies that affect smallholder framers, with a special focus on climate change disasters. Relevant institutional arrangements are also reflected upon and the report concludes with recommendations directed at policy makers."

Does Personal Experience of Bribery Explain Protest Participation in Africa?

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"This paper examines the effect of direct experience with bribery on collective action using survey data on reactions of citizens to a hypothetical situation of corruption as the first dependent variable and participation in protests as the second. The results show that although a relatively small number of respondents prefer protests as a means to address allegations of corruption, the...

Operational & Regulatory Strategies for Weather-based Index Insurance

Publisher: FANRPAN
Published: 2016
"Smallholder farmers are constantly faced with weather risks, which define good and/or bad production years. With the majority of the labour force on the continent engaged in the agricultural sector, insurance has emerged as a critical gap in the value chain. Like all entrepreneurs, farmers make decisions in risky and uncertain environments. However, in contrast to most entrepreneurs,...

Confronting the Challenge of Development, Environmental Management and Peace Building in Nigeria's Niger Delta: Beyond the Amnesty

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2011
This edition focus on reporting the key issues of the international workshop which confronted the challenges of development, environmental management and peace building in the Niger Delta: Beyond the Amnesty. It then presents recommendations for the amnesty programme in the Communiqué of the International workshop. Poverty in plenty: the paradox of governance failure in the Niger Delta Region is...