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Election Quality, Public Trust are Central Issues for Africa's Upcoming Contests

"With at least 25 African countries conducting national elections in 2016-2017, great attention is focused on electoral management bodies – typically national electoral commissions – as crucial players in electoral processes and in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable election fraud and, even if it doesn’t swing an election,...

Vulnerability in Employment: Evidence from South Africa

The high levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa, have led to an emphasis on jobs as a solution to these problems. The subject of job creation in South Africa, is at the forefront of the most important economic policy documents, ever since the end of apartheid. However, this analysis shows, that whilst jobs bring down the unemployment rate, they are not necessarily a panacea for...

Are Africans Willing to Pay Higher Taxes or User Fees for Better Health Care?

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"In many parts of Africa, access to and quality of medical services remain poor. While economic growth in recent decades has fostered improved health care on the continent, weak funding, brain drain of trained professionals, and ongoing battles with diseases such as TB, HIV, diarrheal diseases, and malaria as well as recurring epidemics such as Ebola continue to put immense pressure on...

Do Africans Still want Democracy?

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
More than half of all Africans today live in functioning multi-party electoral democracies that are demonstrably freer than the military or one-party regimes that previously dominated the continent. At the same time, the post-1990 gains that African countries registered in terms of civil liberties and political rights peaked in 2006, at least according to expert judgments offered by Freedom House...

Zimbabweans Demand Accountability in Governance, Doubt Efficacy of Elections

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Demand for accountability in governance is solid among Zimbabweans, even if ensuring accountability requires slower government processes. Citizens clearly assign Parliament responsibility for making laws and for holding the president accountable for how taxpayer money is spent. Citizens also task the judiciary and the news media with holding the government accountable. Only pluralities...

After 50 Years, Freedom of Association is Firmly Established , Though far from Absolute, in Africa

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Fifty years ago today, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly enshrined a freedom that we had probably treasured ever since our evolution into social animals – the right to assemble and associate freely. All African countries except South Sudan are signatories or state parties to the ICCPR, committing them to “take positive measures to establish and maintain an enabling environment” for...

Winds of Change? Attitudes toward Renewable Energy Policy in Mauritius

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Most Mauritians support a move toward renewable energies even if it will raise their electricity bills, a good starting point for the government’s decarbonization strategy. Support for clean energy is particularly strong among better-educated, employed, economically better-off, younger, and male citizens. Regular consumption of news from social media, the Internet, and newspapers appears to...

South Africans Demand Government Accountability Amid Perceptions of Growing Corruption

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
A report by South Africa’s Public Protector has triggered the latest scandal involving President Jacob Zuma and other state officials, who are accused of improper and unethical conduct in the awarding of state contracts. The latest investigation focuses on allegations of Gupta business family involvement in the removal and appointment of ministers and directors of state companies, resulting in...

Eyes on the Prize: South African Business in the DRC

"The following Policy Insight provides a brief overview of some of the major South African and Congolese economic relations, trade and private investment in the post-conflict era of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It provides a snapshot of some of the major South African corporations and joint ventures active in the agriculture, retail, banking, telecommunications, mining,...

South Africa's State-building Role in the DRC: Kicking the Can Down the Road

"As the mooted presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is postponed to December 2018, South Africa’s most significant engagement in post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD) since its return to African affairs in 1994 hangs in the balance. While South Africa has done a fairly decent job of supporting the DRC at various difficult intervals since the 1990s,...

On Becoming a Responsible Great Power: Contextualizing China's Foray into Human Rights and Peace & Security in Africa

"The deepening of China’s engagement with Africa has also prompted the broadening of its interests on the continent. This has resulted in China’s expansion into increasingly riskier territories, which means there is a greater urgency to protect its interests from the political vagaries endemic to conflict-affected African states. This evolution marks a shift away from traditional perceptions...

Deepening Trade and Investment Relations Post-AGOA - Three Options for South Africa

"As the US and Africa look to engage at the 2016 annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum under the theme of ‘Maximizing AGOA Now While Preparing for the Future beyond AGOA’, two pertinent issues come to the fore: leveraging AGOA until this programme of trade benefits expires in 2025, and considering the nature of trade relations post-AGOA. The US is an increasingly important...

China's African Infrastructure Projects: A Tool in Reshaping Global Norms

"The resilience of China’s investments in African infrastructure has been called into question in the light of its own economic slowdown. The substantial reduction in Chinese demand for African commodities has resulted in a significant drop in commodity prices, causing an adverse economic outlook in many commodity-dependent African economies and potentially decoupling the African growth...

CCMT Newsletter Issue 3

This newsletter discussed, among other, the research report that was published by CCMT toward the end of November 2016, which is entitled ‘Cultures in Conflict: Challenges of Marriage and Divorce under Zimbabwe’s Dual Legal System’. This publication is packaged together with a documentary of detailed interviews with relevant stakeholders and footage of the discussions that took place during the...

CITES Alone cannot Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

"The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will address the growing threat from illegal trade at its forthcoming Conference of the Parties (CoP17). CITES is a regulatory treaty that is neither self-executing nor legally binding unless its provisions are reproduced in member states’ laws. Approximately half the parties still need to develop...

Strengthening Linkages Between Policy Research and Policy Making for Sustainable Development in Africa

"This book volume presents key papers on the subject drawn from the conference presentations, workshops and the commissioned papers. All the authors present a common position on the need to strengthen the links amongst the disparate but mutually re-inforcing arms of successful policy development and implementation cycles for more inclusive growth in all economies. The challenges and...

Policy-Induced Local Sourcing of Raw Materials and Technology Development in Nigerian Industry

"Manufacturing technology and raw materials are intricately intertwined in a modern economy. But there does not appear to exist either a rigorously articulate theoretical basis for a robust empirical validation of the relationships between industrial capacity utilization, local sourcing of raw materials and technology development. It is in an attempt to provide a plausible conceptual and...

Study of Technological and Farming Systems Adaptation to Climate Change in Farming Communities of Enugu State, nigeria

"Climate change has a cumulative effect on natural resources including agricultural resources and the balance of nature. Its effects are already visible in Enugu state and Nigeria in general. In Nigeria and Enugu state in particular, varieties of food crops are produced and all are dependent on rainfall, so that where rain is abundant rain-fed crops are planted, and in drier parts of the...

Accelerating Human Capital Development to Optimise Zambia’s Chances of Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

Publisher: African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
Published: 2015
The policy and programme options are highlighted in this policy brief that Zambia can adopt in order to accelerate human capital development to optimize its chances of harnessing the demographic dividend. In order to enhance the chances of earning a substantial demographic dividend, Zambia has to plan and strategically invest in human capital development. Key policy actions to improve education...

Assessing the Management and Administration in Public Health Facilities of Uganda and the Implications for the Healthcare Service Delivery and Utilization Evidence from the CODES Project

The critical determinants of quality of healthcare provision is assessed in this paper – as well as the health facility level management and administration. The paper is premised on the argument that the existing weaknesses in health facility management and administration immensely jeopardize the quality of health care service delivery in public health facilities as well as effective utilization...

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