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Survey Report on Key Socio Economic and Governance Issues in Ghana - Main Report

Published: 2016
The IEA Socio-Economic and Governance Surveys, seeks the opinion of the public on socio-economic and governance issues including people’s living conditions, government’s performance in addressing key socio-economic challenges, peace and security, freedom, discrimination, rights of political participation, trust in public institutions etc. Public awareness of socio-economic and governance issues...

Beyond ARCISS: New Fault Lines in South Sudan

South Sudan is engulfed in a mutually-reinforcing war system. This situation involves more than the two principal players – the government, led by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and the opposition. Several drivers of conflict have emerged, some new and others accentuated by the conflict – badly managed decentralization, corruption, marginalization, ethnic rivalries and exclusionary...

The West African El Dorado: Mapping the Illicit Trade of Gold in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso

Publisher: Partnership Africa-Canada (PAC)
Published: 2017
The analyses in this report maps the enforcement and governance challenges, as well as vulnerabilities posed by the illicit trade of gold in West Africa and its impact on regional peace and stability. This report’s scope focuses on the artisanal gold sector in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso. However, many of its findings are applicable to other countries in the West African region, most...

Perception of Climate Change in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2011
The research shows that the majority of Nigerians within the Niger Delta have very poor knowledge of the causes and effects of climate change. This therefore calls on all levels of government in Nigeria to vigorously pursue, public enlightenment on the causes and effects of climate change using media like television, radio and newspapers. These media outlets/firms are recommended because they are...

Federal Government Amnesty Strategy in the Niger Delta : Will it go Beyond Satisficing Minimalism?

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2011
The DDRR strategy is a commendable initiative, since it brings back the developmental problem of the Niger Delta atop the in-tray of the national policy agenda in Nigeria and allows the proponents of the Niger Delta developmental issues to ventilate their concerns through an administrative rather than an adversarial platform. However, there are many indications that the implementation of the...

Improving the Productivity of Small Scale Cassava Farmers in Nigeria's Niger Delta through Participatory Action Research

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2013
In order to improve the productivity of small scale farmers and be successful in these endeavours, the introduction of new and modern farming techniques is essential to push for the increase both on the land and labour productivity. Modern and improved farming methods cannot occur effectively without the creation, accumulation, sharing, and use of knowledge generated through action research....

Spatial Variation in Rural Development and Internal Migration in Delta State, Nigeria

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2013
This study of the Delta State rural development pattern, has shown that rural communities in the state are at different stages of socio-economic development as some are better developed than others. The migration patterns and trends shown in this study, are closely related to the patterns of socio-economic development of the rural communities. The less developed communities were characterized...

Improvement in the Processing of Cassava by Small Scale Farmers in Jesse Community, Nigeria : An Action Research

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2013
The findings of a participatory action research programme on promoting the improvement of cassava processing by small scale farmers in Jesse community of Delta State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, is presented in this paper. In the first section, a conceptual framework is provided, which can be used to examine the challenges of improving the processing of cassava by small scale farmers...

Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Brokerage for Policy Making on Health Care in Nigeria : The Example of the Primary Health Care Project in Delta State

Publisher: Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED)
Published: 2014
The research programme’s general objective is to contribute to a body of evidence on the strengthening of the health system in Nigeria that can influence the development and modification and implementation of policies on equitable access to health care. The specific objectives address knowledge development (research), knowledge translation (influencing policy) and capacity building and...

Conflict-Prone Minerals in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

Publisher: Partnership Africa-Canada (PAC)
Published: 2016
There is an abundance of natural resources situated in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, including high-valued minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which are important components of everyday products like cell phones, iPods, refrigerators, jewelry, airplane components, automobiles and more. These minerals have been used for decades by artisanal miners in the Great Lakes Region of...

Natural Resource Governance in Africa No.5 Forests and Biodiversity in Africa

Published: 2017
This infographic is the no.5 issue in the series called Natural Resource Governance. The data presented is on African forests and biodiversity. The statistical data presented depicts land areas covered with forest, visual material on the Congo rain forest, illegal logging, trade in forest products, organizations mentioned which deals with this situation.

Natural Resource Governance in Africa No.2 Land Use

Published: 2017
This infographic is part of a series on natural resource governance in Africa. The data in this edition no.2 is on land use. This visual representation, depicts statistical data about food security and several aspects connected to that. It commences with the subject of Sub Saharan food supply, traditional versus modern tenure systems, the percentages of uncultivated land available and...

Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya

"This paper assesses the legislative, representative, financial control and oversight roles played by parliaments in Africa, with Kenya as the main case study in a context of accountability. The regional focus includes all the countries of East Africa; and Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda for a more detailed regional overview. The need to strengthen accountability is premised on the...

Needed: A Legal Framework for Strengthening Oversight Role of the Kenyan Parliament

This policy brief is drawn from a research paper on Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature in Africa: A Case of Kenya. Key questions revolved around: the mechanisms used by parliament to get information on the performance of the executive, responses to questions and requests for reports and statements, legislative outputs in terms of bills and types of bills and the work of...

From Conflict to Illicit: Mapping the Diamond Trade from Central African Republic to Cameroon

Publisher: Partnership Africa-Canada (PAC)
Published: 2016
The smuggling of diamonds is investigated in this report, specifically from the Central African Republic into Cameroon. The focus is also on the impact that this illicit trade has on Cameroon’s internal controls as well as the broader integrity of the diamond supply chain. The report describes the methods used and the key actors involved in this illicit trade. It concludes that the Kimberley...

Côte d'Ivoire's Comeback: The Revival of Ivorian Regional Diplomacy

"Over the past few decades, Côte d’Ivoire has been a passive and often problematic actor within its region. This has been the case since the death of the first president of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, on 7 December 1993. Under Houphouët-Boigny the country encouraged migration by opening up its borders to neighbouring countries and actively linking France to the...

Foreign Investment Promotion and Domestic Protection : A Balancing Act

"This paper analyses South Africa’s relationship with sustainable inward foreign direct investment (FDI). It examines South Africa’s balancing act of promoting FDI that brings inclusive economic development while remaining an attractive FDI destination for investors. It first gives a brief overview of South Africa’s current FDI context, with particular focus on the dynamics of international...

Nigeria's Foreign Policy Before Buhari: Global Expectations Amid Domestic and Regional Challenges

"The major problèmatique of this paper is that, due to the drag that the woes and worries of Nigeria’s domestic political economy have spawned and the widening gap between the country’s illusion of grandeur and the contemporary stark reality, there is hardly any fit between the type of state Nigeria’s foreign policies project externally and the realisation of those policies’ enunciated goals...

Can Workplace Secondments Build Trust in the Mining Sector?

"Mutual suspicion has characterised the relationship between the South African government and mining companies, particularly in recent years. Resolving the current impasse would require a panoply of policy interventions because of the complexity and age of the mining industry. This briefing proposes that one such intervention could be the introduction of a structured workplace secondment...

Increasing Employment Opportunities : Navigating Africa’s Complex Job Market

Chapter 2 of the Foresight Africa 2017 report, explores six overarching themes that provide opportunities for Africa to overcome its obstacles and spur inclusive growth. The themes are as follows: The tipping point: The youth bulge and the sub-Saharan African labor market. This article discusses the demographic dividend that has been touted as a potential source of growth for the African...

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