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The Scope, Role and Impact of Publicly Supported Private Finance on Development and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Case of Rwanda and Zambia

"The research reviewed and analysed the scope, role and impact of Publicly Supported Private Finance (PSPF) provided by Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) and bilateral donors to the private sector and their contribution to development and poverty reduction in Rwanda and Zambia. It also explored the instruments that are used in PSPF investments in the two countries. The study covers...

ODA neglecting poorest countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa

"The Africa rising narrative will benefit from improved Official Development Assistance (ODA) hence will call upon the donor countries to ensure that they increase their ODA as it directly works towards poverty eradication. ODA should be used to improve domestic resource mobilisation by ensuring tax reforms."

BRICS in Africa, Consolidating the Gains of Partnerships Multi-Stakeholder Workshop

"Africa possesses enormous economic development potential. It has abundant natural resources, growing consumer power and favourable demographics. The BRICS are also becoming significant investors in Africa, especially in the manufacturing and service sectors. The partnership between India and Africa has significantly promoted the development of small and medium-scale enterprises on the...

Delivering on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Africa

"The purpose of the global monitoring framework is to support international accountability for making progress in the implementation of commitments and actions agreed in Busan. The real work of implementing the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) is only starting to take shape and the post Busan governance and monitoring landscape has just been concluded. Some...

The effectiveness of Foreign Aid beyond Busan: Case Studies Zambia, Ghana and Mozambique

"The overall objective of this research is to influence African governments and donors to put in place mechanisms for aid effectiveness and sustainable development by 2015. The research identifies processes taking place to support implementation of the BPD (Busan Partnership Agreement for Effective Development Cooperation). It recommends continued implementation of on-going processes and...

BRICS at glance: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa

"Africa is generally positive about its partners, whether they are emerging or traditional lenders. The paper demonstrates the positive contributions of the BRICS. However, unless these BRICS become more transparent and release comparable data on their ODA allocation, there will always be scepticism on the development outcomes of their aid. Both emerging and traditional lenders should now...

BRICS Development Bank: A new model for Africa

"During the fifth BRICS summit held in Durban, South Africa, from 26-27 March, 2013, the joint statement from the BRICS leaders announced that they have agreed to establish a New Development Bank. The idea of setting up a BRICS Development Bank as an alternative to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund came from India at the 2012 meeting of the Organisation's finance ministers...

Busan Partnership Agreement Analysis Report

"At the end of November, 2011, more than 3000 representatives convened in Busan for the Fourth High Level Forum (FHL-4) to take stock and review whether targets in previous agreements have been met and to decide on the future of aid effectiveness agenda. The forum culminated in the signing of the most inclusive agreement on global cooperation, Busan Partnership for Effective Development...

Empowering Ghana's Anti-Corruption Institutions In The Fight Against Corruption

One of the most herculean developmental challenges confronting Ghanaian society is purging it of the canker of corruption. Since the attainment of political independence in 1957, several anti-corruption policies and measures have been instituted to grapple with the problem. Among the measures is the creation of constitutional and statutory bodies with specific mandate of combating corruption....

The Macroeconomic Framework & the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and Malawi

"HIV/AIDS has become a leading cause of death in the African continent. It not only constitutes a serious constraint to growth and stability of most African economies and societies, but has actually begun to destroy the hard-won development. Even countries with a relatively low national HIV prevalence rate have pockets of crises that are concealed by national statistics- clusters of people...

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ghana

"The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been perhaps the worst health challenge in recent history killing approximately 22 million people. In 2005, 3.1 million people died of AIDS related illnesses; an estimated 2 million come from Sub-Saharan Africa. Significantly, 65 percent of all infected cases come from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This study attempts to provide fundamental evidence of macroeconomic...

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Malawi

"Malawi has experienced commendable results in as far as those macroeconomic indicators are concerned. The economy has stabilised with falling rates of inflation and a stable exchange rate. The appealing macroeconomic indicators notwithstanding, rates of HIV/AIDS prevalence remain at an alarming level. Malawi has the sixth highest HIV prevalence rate in the world. In 2005, 14.1 percent of...

Parliament's Role in the Fight Against Corruption

Ghana embarked, in the late eighties and early nineties on an agitation for Good Governance. We demanded: Human Rights, Media Freedom, Law and Order, Personal Liberties and Parliamentary Democracy. These were the governance challenges at the time. Currently, virtually all of these demands were achieved. Democracy is well planted. Consequently, there has been a paradigm shift Ghana's...

An Assessment of the Likely Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s Bali Package for Africa

"The Bali Package is the first substantive breakthrough for the WTO since the DDA began in 2001 and it consists of issues on agriculture, trade facilitation, cotton and Least Developed Countries (LDC). The most significant part of the Bali Package is the decision on trade facilitation and agriculture. The trade facilitation agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release...

Norm Revisionists, not Norm Breakers The Emerging Multipolar Landscape of Peace Operations

The ability of African countries, in the past two decades, to contribute assets to peace operations has increased to a remarkable degree. This surge is undeniably contributing in sum to stabilising different conflict areas and demonstrates the willingness and ability to take on peace enforcement mandates. Using selected field missions in Africa which manifest collective efforts in several...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 15, no. 2, 2015

‘Towards a framework for resolving the justice and reconciliation question in Zimbabwe,’ proposes the reconstitution of ‘the political’ in Zimbabwe as a turning point towards a pursuit of healing and reconciliation mainly because a ‘paradigm of war’ exists as central Leitmotif of political practice. This article highlights the importance of engaging with the past and dealing with the legacies of...

The rocky path from elections to a new constitution in Tunisia: Mechanisms for consensus-building and inclusive decision-making

"This paper outlines some of the innovative mechanisms for consensus-building and inclusive decision-making deployed in Tunisia since the 2011 elections. Much interest has been generated by the Yemeni national dialogue, with countries from Libya to Myanmar looking to develop similar processes. Tunisia also used national dialogue to seek consensus and compromise during its transition process...

German Civil Society Responds to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Lessons for South Africa?

Civil society organizations and South African officials may to a certain extent draw lessons from the experiences of Germany and Europe in the ongoing TTIP negotiations, given South Africa’s influential role in Africa. With an increasingly complex and interconnected global landscape, one cannot afford to relegate international negotiations as less important than domestic issues such as service...

Reclaiming Protection of Civilians under International Humanitarian Law: Reflections from the Oslo Global Conference

"Over the past sixty years, international humanitarian law (IHL) has established a comprehensive legal framework for the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflicts. There is broad consensus that these guidelines afford non-combatants significant protections from the effects of military operations – provided they are carefully implemented by all sides to a conflict. Notwithstanding...

Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

Publisher: African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
Published: 2015
The African context in relation to the demographic transition is analyzed in this document as well as the subsequent challenges and opportunities for harnessing the demographic dividend based on a review of various initiatives and country-specific studies. The main aim of the report is to highlight the key findings, policy recommendations, challenges and opportunities that countries can take...

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