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Benefits of Low Emission Development Strategies The Case of Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

Publisher: SouthSouthNorth (SSN)
Published: 2017
The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which is Africa’s largest wind farm, will increase the national electricity supply while creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An estimated 310 MW of wind energy capacity will: mitigate greenhouse gas emissions equal to 740,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2 eq), annually increase national electricity supply by 15–20% (relative...

Communicating to Improve Compliance: Taxpayers’ Feedback on Message and Mode of Delivery in Rwanda

The journey started gradually for the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), from coercion to persuasion to drive tax compliance. This is shown in the mission and core value statements that underpin the tax administration’s activities in service delivery and trade facilitation. Recently the RRA has undertaken aggressive tax education and sensitization campaigns in order to influence taxpayer behaviour...

Integrated Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation into Policy-Oriented Research : Lessons from CSVR's Urban Violence Project

"This report reflects on the design and implementation of an LME plan for a policy-oriented and community based research project, identifying the benefits and challenges of conducting LME in such a research context and sharing lessons learnt in the process. It discusses LME strategies, describes specific exercises and provides examples of occasions when LME shaped the course of the project....

Informal Taxation in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Taxpayers’ Experiences and Perceptions

Citizens often pay a range of ‘taxes’ that differ substantially from statutory policies, in low-income and post-conflict countries and particularly in rural areas. These ‘informal taxes’, paid to a variety of state and non-state actors, are frequently overlooked in analyses of local systems of taxation. This problematic situation leads to misunderstandings of individual and household tax burdens...

Women's Contribution to Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention through the Community Work Programme

"The Community Work Programme (CWP) is a public employment programme that provides two days of work per week to unemployed and underemployed people in economically marginalised areas. The CWP aims to be an employment safety net, ensuring a basic stable income for residents of CWP sites. CWP participants are intended to do ‘useful work’, defined as work that ‘contributes to the public good,...

African Architecture for Peace and Security: Relevance in the Design and Difficulties in Achievement / Architecture Africaine de Paix et de Sécurité : Pertinence dans la Conception et Difficultés dans les Réalisations

Published: 2017
The great question that challenges Africans, in the field of safeguarding peace and security, remains the question of whether the Pan-African organization which aspires to lead the continent towards peace and prosperity and the human and material resources potential, can ensure the realization of these ambitions with its own institutions? In other words, can the African Union manage African...

Torture in South Africa: The Act and the Facts

"Torture is a specific crime, which can only be committed by a closed group of people, namely public officials in their official capacity or by anyone else with consent of a public official acting in their official capacity. A public official who witnesses torture and fails to report it is also guilty of the crime of torture. If any one of the four elements of the crime of torture is missing...

Stories of Torture Survivors Who Sought Redress in Post-apartheid South Africa

The report looks only at experiences of torture amongst young black males in South Africa who have brought civil claims against police through court processes. It looks at all the steps and challenges that torture victims encounter in seeking justice through court processes. The report is based on individual interviews conducted with eight torture survivors recruited from the University of the...

Mapping Local Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response Strategies in South Africa

"This report has covered a range of gender violence prevention initiatives implemented by the state and various NGOs. These interventions demonstrate that a lot is being done to address the problem of GBV in the country and show promising results in terms of how GBV can be prevented at individual, community and national levels. However, one main limitation is that the effectiveness of these...

Evidence-based Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in South Africa: A Case Study of CSVR

"The research findings of this review were used by the CSVR’s Gender-Based Violence Programme to inform and develop evidence-based violence prevention interventions in communities. Over the last decade, South Africa has developed progressive legislation and policy frameworks which attempt to address GBV. Various campaigns (e.g., 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children...

Macroeconomic Policy Formation in Senegal : Challenges in Formation and Coordination

Publisher: Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES)
Published: 2017
This paper presented a framework of economic policy formulation in Senegal from 1960 to 2012, with special emphasis on the years from 2000. Political, social and economic objectives of these policies are identified. Subsequently, the role of the stakeholders such as the government, the international financial and technical partners, the civil society and the local administrations in...

Africa-Atlantic Integration: Can the Economy Unite What Geology has Divided? / L’intégration Afrique-Atlantique : L’économie peut-elle Réunir ce qui a été Séparé par la Géologie ?

The Atlantic basin situated in the Northern part of the country, holds a strategic place in the global economy given the systemic importance it represents. However, this area remains very heterogeneous with significant differences between the economies within it. The analysis conducted in this policy brief also shows the lack of synchronization of the economic cycle among the countries in the...

The Road to Marrakech: Key Issues for COP22 / La Voie vers Marrakech : Quelles Priorités pour la COP22 ?

Published: 2016
Climatic change became an increasingly integral part of our reality. Global warming - over the coming decades, will affect our socio-economic development, human health, food security and availability of water along with our ecosystems and wildlife, more than ever imaginable. The Paris Agreement, which was adopted in December 2016 at 21st session of Conference of the Parties (COP 21) by 196...

Climate Models: What They Show Us and How They can be Used in Planning

Publisher: SouthSouthNorth (SSN)
Published: 2016
This report discusses the climate conditions that we experience, which are the result of complex interactions between processes occurring in the atmosphere and in the oceans. These mentioned processes operate at global and local scales. They are influenced by other factors including: the land surface, polar ice sheets and the sun. Due to this, different parts of the world experience different...

More than Propaganda A Review of Boko Haram’s Public Messages

Published: 2017
The public statements of Boko Haram from its resurgence in 2010 until its split into two main factions in August 2016 is reviewed in this report. While Boko Haram (more accurately referred to as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad prior to its March 2015 pledge to the so-called Islamic State, and Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyah, or West Africa Province, afterwards) is often considered a...

The Political Economy of Long-Lived Decisions in Africa: Framework Report

The first part of the report is structured around three primary research questions: Which long-lived economic decisions are most relevant to influence in order to respond to climate change adaptation imperatives? Which institutions and processes exert the greatest influence on long-lived economic decisions? What is the most appropriate strategy for influencing these institutions and processes?...

The Economic Impact of Forced Migration

The refugee crisis currently, is a catastrophe affecting millions of families, endangering the stability of nations that are hosts to large numbers of migrants, and of the surrounding regions. There is little likelihood at present that large numbers of forced migrants will return to their homes. Managing the crisis and mitigating its worst effects requires courage, leadership and political will....

Chinese Investors in Ethiopia: The Perfect Match?

Published: 2017
The paper's objective is to examine why and how Chinese investments have developed in Ethiopia and how this impacted on the country. In particular, it seeks to assess whether Ethiopia is a case of a win-win partnership, focusing in particular on the potential contribution of SEZs. The paper starts out by explaining the context of the Sino-Ethiopian economic partnership, then moves on to...

Morocco Brazil Economic Relations: Current Situation and Strategies for a Deeper Relationship

The bilateral trade between Brazil and Morocco is associated with the agricultural productive chain. This has a significant part that is involved with the export of agricultural raw materials by Morocco and the export of food products by Brazil. Intra-industry trade is not very expressive in bilateral trade between the two countries. The analysis developed in this paper, led to the identification...

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

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...

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