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Morocco's 2014- 2020 Industrial Strategy and its Potential Implications for the Structural Transformation Process / La Stratégie Industrielle 2014- 2020 du Maroc et ses Implications Potentielles sur le Processus de Transformation Structurelle

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2016
More than ever now, Morocco is threatened by the trap of middle-income economies. Caught between increased competition from low-income countries in low productivity and labor-intensive sectors on the other hand, the difficulty of accelerating its pace of structural transformation towards activities with higher value added and higher technological content. International experience shows that few...

Enhancing a Continental Policy on Energy Access in Africa

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2016
During a century in which people are preoccupied by climate change and sustainable development, Africa emerges as the new frontier of a global energy transition. Energy access in Africa can be reached through unity within and across the continent. Eliminating the obstacles of the historical divisions of the continent – whether linguistic, economic, or geographic – would foment investments and...

African Union Agenda 2063: Capacity Requirements for the New African Vision Agenda 2063 - " The Africa We Want"

Publisher: African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Published: 2016
At the African Union (AU) Golden Jubilee Summit in June 2012, the heads of state and government assigned the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) with developing Agenda 2063, an indigenous strategic framework for Africa’s transformation over the next 50 years anchored on inclusive growth and sustainable development.The Summit, while acknowledging past successes and challenges,...

Multilateralism: What is the Political (Geo) Resonance for Steel? / Multilatéralisme : Quelle Résonance (Géo) Politique pour l’acier ?

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2017
While energy products are clearly at the heart of geopolitical relations, other commodities cannot be neglected to explain certain developments in the international economic and political scene. Steel has been one of these since the 19th century. What about today ? In the context of slow domestic demand, the considerable expansion of Chinese production and also of its exports weigh heavily on the...

Towards People Centered Security Sectors in Africa : A Tale Of Missed Opportunities?

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2016
The largest part of the international security agenda is determined in the loosely defined “Global North” and implemented in the “Global South.” This trend needs to be inverted with more voices from the “South” included in debates that shape international security policies and practices. In Africa’s case, it is important to consider questions of security governance on the continent and the role...

Studies in Reconstruction and Capacity Building in Post-conflict Countries in Africa: Some Lessons of Experience from Mozambique

Publisher: African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Published: 2003
"The purpose of this study is to document how Mozambique, a country that suffered catastrophic civil war, has addressed some critical capacity building challenges in the post-conflict reconstruction period, and to suggest some lessons and/or options that might be relevant to the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in the design of capacity building programs in the post-conflict...

Le Grand Retour du Maroc à l’Union Africaine / Morocco's Return to the African Union

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2017
The historical reintegration of the Kingdom to the African Union has been ratified at the 28th summit of the top of the Pan-African organization in Addis Ababa on 30 and 31 January 2017, the near unanimity of Heads of State and African governments, on the basis of a very simple argument: Morocco is an African country, having ratified the Constitution of the Continental Organization, deposited its...

Relations between Morocco and Sub Saharan Africa: What is the Potential for Trade and Foreign Direct Investment? / Relations Entre le Maroc et l’Afrique Sub Saharienne : Quels Potentiels pour le Commerce et les Investissements Directs étrangers ?

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2017
Central banks of large advanced and many emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of balance sheets and are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. However, the fact that one group is comprised by global reserve issuers and the other by bystanders receiving impacts of the former’s policies carries substantively different...

Casualisation Opinion Poll Report

The purpose of the opinion poll was to inform the Government, other key stakeholders and the general public about the opinions of various Show goers regarding various issues on Casualisation. Decidedly, while the opinion poll is not representative of the views of the whole nation, it offers some purposfull insights on the sentiments of some of the Show goers regarding Casualisation. This report...

Coopération Contre la Criminalité Transnationale : Cas de la Zone de Paix et de Coopération de l’Atlantique Sud – ZOPACAS/ Cooperation Against Transnational Crime: The Case of the Peace Zone and of Cooperation with the South Atlantic

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2017
While the threats, which transnational organized crime presented in the 1970s, were seen as secondary, the change in its nature, the increase in its risks and it being increasingly stigmatized as responsible for political instabilities and certain internal conflicts, has prompted the international community to adopt a logic of confrontation with its most threatening aspects of international...

Africa's Quest for Food Security: What is the Role of Urban Agriculture?

Publisher: African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Published: 2012
"The history of urban agriculture in Africa dates to the colonial era when farming flourished in urban areas, largely to meet consumption needs of bureaucrats, settlers, and other elites. Today, urban agriculture is becoming increasingly significant as a source of household food, a trend that is closely linked to declining incomes of vulnerable urban households in the wake of neoliberal...

Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters: An Imminent Threat to Manage / Retour des Combattants Terroristes étrangers: Une Menace Imminente à Gérer /

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2017
Over the past two years, many foreign terrorist fighters have returned, but the dismantling of the organized military structures of Daesh and Jabhat Fath Al Sham will accelerate this migration. Returns will take place over the next two years in a more intense manner. The loss of territories by terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria and the issue of how the foreign fighters will be treated if...

International Tax Disputes: Between Supranational Administration and Adjudication

This paper contributes to the important debate on how to improve the resolution of international tax disputes. It starts by outlining the context and development of international tax dispute resolution, then it analyzes its nature in a comparative context, and conclude with some suggestions for both the current policy debates and the future. Proposals resulting from the G20 and the Organization...

Impact of HIV/AIDS on Public Sector Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Framework for the Protection of Public Sector Capacity and Effective Response to the Most Affected Countries

Publisher: African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Published: 2003
"Never in history has there arisen such a widespread and fundamental threat to human development as the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As a result, one of the main challenges today for development management is how to address the massive loss of skills and experience from the public in Sub-Saharan Africa that has resulted from this pandemic, which has already reversed decades of hard-won socio-economic...

An Analysis of the Market for Skilled African Development Management Professionals Towards Strategies and Instruments For Skills Retention and Utilization in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publisher: African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Published: 2004
"Over the years, African transnational migration has evolved into a more complex and dynamic phenomenon fuelled by both push factors at home, and forces of globalization in the transit and receiving countries. While a new consensus is emerging as to the seriousness of the brain drain, especially for Africa with its limited capacity for economic, social and political development, there is...

Leveraging African Pension Funds for Financing Infrastructure Development

Published: 2017
The key issues surrounding pension funds -is explored in this report, which serves as a source of financing for African infrastructure. The report begins by providing an overview of the gaps in African infrastructure, as well as the financial resources available to support infrastructure development. In the sections that follow, it illustrates pension funds’ untapped potential in the continent,...

Argentina’s Shifting Politics: New Prospects for Collaboration with Africa?

Publisher: OCP Policy Centre (OCPPC)
Published: 2016
Mauricio Macri, Argentina’s new president, has many challenges ahead. In the initial 10 months of his government, he has devalued the currency, lifted significant trade and capital barriers, and launched conversations with international investors and creditors, and has changed international perceptions toward Argentina. A positive reaction was immediately generated by Macri’s election from the...

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Field Experiment on the Drivers of Tax Compliance and Delivery Methods in Rwanda

The literature in this report focused exclusively on high and middle-income countries. This paper begins to fill this gap by reporting on the results of a tax field experiment in Rwanda, while also focusing on some characteristics that may be common to other low-income countries. It evaluates an intervention carried out by the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), which involved sending messages to...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 27 No.2

Published: 2016
This journal features several articles on renewable energy. On page 1 -A literature review on the potential of renewable electricity sources for mining operations in South Africa – analyzes the potential of renewable electricity sources for mining operations in South Africa. On page 22 - Incorporating a three dimensional photovoltaic structure for optimum solar power generation – the effect of...

Journal of African Elections Special Issue South Africa’s 2014 Elections

Susan Booysen looks at the ANC’s impact and the various challenges it confronted and focuses on how the spread of the organisation’s electoral support is changing as a result. Sithembele Mbethe ascribes the ANC’s continued decline against the formation of the Economic Freedom Fighters. She argues that the EFF’s relatively impressive performance shows the resonance of populism and that the party...

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