Latest Articles

Financing African Infrastructure : Can the World Deliver ?

Published: 2015
The lack of infrastructure is nowhere more crucial and potentially transformational than in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, major donors and multilateral institutions in collaboration with the World Bank investigated this challenge of addressing the region’s glaring infrastructure gap. That comprehensive regional analysis aimed to establish “a baseline against which future improvements in...

Heifer in Trust, Social Protection and Graduation : Conceptual Issues and Empirical Questions

Publisher: Groupe de Recherche et d?Analyse Appliquées pour le Développement (GRAAD)
Published: 2013
The ‘heifer-in-trust’ or ‘livestock-in-kind credit’ model is being examined in this article through a social-protection lens. It seeks specifically, to engage with debates about the use of asset-based strategies to support graduation from social protection. Drawing on project experience with dairy goats in Ethiopia and dairy cattle in Tanzania, the article concludes that while the asset-ness of...

Youth Entrepreneurship in Uganda: Policy, Evidence and Stakeholders A Context Analysis

Published: 2015
The youth unemployment and underemployment in Uganda, poses a formidable challenge for the Government . As a result, the government has embraced youth entrepreneurship as an avenue to expand employment opportunities. Within this report, light is shed on the developments of youth entrepreneurship policies in the country. In a bid to increase research uptake and the use of evaluation evidence in...

A Year in Review: 2014

This report reviews IPSS’s year of 2014. It contains messages from the IPSS and the APSP/IPSS Directors, looks at the education and professional development during the year and the e-learning. The report also includes research and policy dialogues in South Sudan and Somalia, publications for 2014, partnerships formed and IPSS on the social front.

A Critical Review of the on Going Public Finance Management Reforms: Are the Reforms Yielding on the Expected Outcomes?

This policy brief investigated into the progress and impact of the on-going public finance management reforms undertaken by the MFPED since 2012/13. These reforms include the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA); upgrading the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) and the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS); improving wage and payroll management, improving budget...

European Report on Development : Rwanda Case Study

This case study considered two key questions: 1. The amount of progress that was made and the achievements of Rwanda since 2000? What have been the key drivers of that progress and what have been the obstacles and bottlenecks, and the role of external actors? What has been the impact of the MDG framework? 2. What are the main constraints and opportunities that faces Rwanda? What could external...

The Intricate Road to Development: Government Development Strategies in the Pastoral Areas of the Horn of Africa

"Pastoralism is a livelihood strategy and a system of mobile livestock production that makes wide-ranging use of grazing lands in arid and semi-arid environment that doesn’t uphold sustainable crop cultivation. The freedom of mobility over outsized land for seasonal pastures is indispensable to pastoralist production primarily in order to convert the pastures residues into human food. The...

Agricultural Expansion and Water Pollution: The Yin-Yang in the Quality of Natural Water Resources

"Global increased agricultural productivity aims at meeting the food and commercial demands on agriculture. This boost is associated with agricultural expansion practices including irrigation and use of fertilizers, which could increase negative environmental effects, such as natural water resources contamination. These require robust management mechanisms, including adequate policies which...

Border Governance for African Integration: Progress and Challenges

This Report focused at two immediacies, of which the first is, to be an instant aide memoire for the Colloquium participants. It is, in this regard, intended to keep the subject of the Colloquium alive and assist participants to remain engaged with the networking that has been initiated at the event. The second is to disseminate information about the Colloquium further afield. The Handbook is...

Economic Transformation in Tanzania: Vicious or Virtuous Circle?

This paper evaluates the concept of economic transformation and further investigates its relevance in the present day policy debates in Tanzania. The paper starts by taking a critical look at a homemade definition of economic transformation. A brief literature review of the concept of economic transformation is presented and its relation to growth by making a distinction between successful and...

The Role of Local Leaders and Actors in Promoting Good Forest Governance in Uganda

The degradation of Uganda’s forests and other natural resources continues, and this is increasingly being attributed to poor governance. Therefore, improving and promoting of good forest governance is key in containing the rampant forest deforestation and degradation and ensuring the equitable, sustainable use and management of the country’s forest resources. Poor forest governance manifests in...

Climate Compatible Development in the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’: Lessons from Rwanda

This working paper documents Rwanda’s lessons related to national-level climate change planning, captured as part of the “Lesson Learning from National Climate Compatible Development (CCD) Planning” study. Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mozambique participated in the study, which aimed to capture and share institutional memory and experiences related to climate compatible development, and reflect on...

Leadership in Africa: What we Learn from Mandela

The key to good governance and development is leadership. Yet, governance on the continent has been characterized by the absence of good leadership. For too long the African narrative has been a dysfunctional one: neocolonialism, underdevelopment, and poverty and aid dependency. A turn away from this can partially be achieved through foresighted leadership that is up to the task of mitigating...

No End in Sight for South Sudan’s Crisis

Abel Abate Demissie and Dr Mehari Taddele Maru insist that should Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) succeed in ending the current civil war in South Sudan, they would perform an important service to the people of this country. This would result in revitalizing the role of its collective leadership and decision-making, and transforms itself into a popular, democratic movement that...

Improving Fiscal Management in Ghana : The Role of Fiscal Policy Rules

Publisher: Institute of Economic Affairs Ghana (IEA)
Published: 2014
In this paper the role of fiscal policy rules are discussed in the promotion of fiscal discipline and transparency in Ghana. It investigates whether the adoption of fiscal policy rules and independant fiscal policy councils can help improve fiscal performance in Ghana based on international evidence. The results show that fiscal rules, particularly budget balance and debt rules are strongly...

Chine-Afrique : une Autre Idée de l'économie Mondiale de Demain / China-Africa: a Different Idea of ​​the World Economy Tomorrow

Published: 2015
The extent of the economic relations between China and Africa, have doubled beyond any doubt, especially its strategic significance – constituting of signs of failure or which might also be signs of a breaking point - progressing toward the possible future and be able to shake some benchmarks and direct our thoughts to what would be similar to a new world order. A major economic fluctuation...

Development, Sustainability and Social Justice: The Elusive Balancing Act of African Fisheries Governance

"The discourse on African fisheries governance is dominated by themes of unrealised potential and crisis. Undoubtedly, the threats are significant: illegal fishing and overfishing by foreign industrial vessels, as well as intense fishing pressure in the small-scale sector, have decreased stocks substantially in many coastal and inland waters. Climate change, pollution and other human impacts...

South Africa's Foreign Economic Strategies in a Changing Global system

"South Africa’s foreign policy has developed since the country’s transition to democracy in 1994. The South African government used to emphasise multilateralism as an important component in its international relations, keen to make itself heard on critical global issues. Today, the three main pillars of its foreign economic strategies are multilateral trade negotiations, the Group of Twenty...

Botswana's Coal: Dead in the Water or Economic Game Changer?

"Botswana possesses substantial coal deposits of 212 billion tonnes, the majority of which are low grade. Under favourable conditions, and until solar power becomes a feasible option for supplying baseload electricity, this coal could be either exported or used for local regional electricity production and consumption. Electricity shortages impose a considerable constraint on economic growth...

Projected Farm Income Gains in the COMESA/ASARECA Region from Commercialization of BT Maize

"How much income might farmers gain if Bt maize were released for commercial planting in the COMESA/ASARECA region? Bt maize gives farmers a more effective and less costly way to control damage from certain categories of insects, including the stalk borers that frequently damage maize crops in Africa. Approval of Bt maize for commercial planting might therefore save some of Africa’s maize...

Pages