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Le Bien-Être Économique des Ménages et la Santé des Enfants en République Démocratique du Congo /Household Economic Well-being and Child Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Health is both a direct component of human well-being and a form of human capital that increases an individual’s capabilities and opportunities to generate income and reduces vulnerability. It is argued that these two views are complementary, and bo…

La Paix dans la Région des Grands Lacs: Lecture d’une Approche Régionale / Peace in the Great Lakes Region: Time for a Regional Approach

The countries of the Great Lakes region face the possibility of rising regional tensions which could lead to renewed violence. Relations between Uganda and Rwanda are at a historical low, and the heightened tensions between Rwanda and Burundi are en…

Finding Peace in Uncertain Times: South Sudan and the Revitalised Peace Process

South Sudan’s latest peace deal has been lauded as a milestone in the country’s long road to peace and stability. The Revitalised Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) outlines power-sharing arrangements between rivals Pr…

Why do Men and Youth shun Savings Groups in Rural Zambia?

The purpose of this field survey was to establish the reasons why men and youth shun Savings Groups (SGs) in Zambia’s rural areas. This is important as SGs have become an important alternative source of financial services and inclusion for the unser…

Census of Financial Cooperatives in Zambia

This report presents the results of the first ever census of Financial Cooperatives (FCs) in Zambia. Covering all the ten provinces, the census brings to light some of the key statistics and trends that are going to be key as the Government seeks to…

Energy Poverty in Zambia

Of the estimated 3.01 million households in Zambia, in 2015, only 35.8% and 16.1% utilised clean energy fuels for their lighting and cooking services respectively. Usage and access to clean energy is essential for economic growth, human development …

State of Financial Cooperatives in Zambia: A viable Option for Increasing Financial Inclusion

This policy brief presents the summary findings of a study on Promoting Financial Cooperatives (FCs) in Zambia that was conducted between 2017 and 2018 with financial support from the Rural Finance Expansion Program (RUFEP), Ministry of Commerce Tra…

COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect?

We assess the impact of Ethiopia’s flagship social protection program, the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) on the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and nutrition security of households, mothers, and children. We use both pre-pand…

South Africa's Special COVID-19 Grant: A Brief Assessment of Coverage and Expenditure Dynamics

In response to the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African government expanded its system of social assistance through a short-term 6-month heterogeneous increase in all existing social grants. In addition though, the st…

Party Footprints in Africa: Measuring Local Party Presence across the Continent

The conventional view holds that most of Africa’s political parties are organizationally weak, with little grassroots presence. Yet few studies are based on systematically collected data about more than a handful of parties or countries at any given…

Nigerian Government doing a Poor Job on Water/Sanitation and Health Care, Citizens say

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened problems that were already bedevilling Nigeria’s health system, including run-down or inadequate medical equipment, underpaid and unmotivated medical staff, and unequal access to health care. The World Health Organ…

Disability Rights during the Pandemic: A Global Report on Findings of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor

This report has one central purpose: To raise the alarm globally as to the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with disabilities worldwide and to catalyse urgent action in the weeks and months to come. The report is organised aro…

The Effect of Rising Food Prices and Policy on Children and Households Nutritional Outcomes in Ethiopia

This study examined the effect of rising food prices and policy on children and households’ nutritional outcomes. Cross and own price elasticities are calculated for the nine food groups. The result suggests that own price increase leads to a decrea…

No Longer Business as Usual: Private Sector Efforts to Improve Schooling in South Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown schooling systems around the world into disarray. Lifting up the entire schooling system is the only way to combat the long-term consequences of the current crisis The aim of this report is to share some of our key i…

A Situational Analysis Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Irrigation Scheme Communities in Gweru and Mberengwa of the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe

Within a period of less than 10 days, Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020 had thrown into disarray plans and operations that most irrigation communities had in place. In such a short space of time the normal lives were impacted upon by factors beyond co…

Optimisation du Potentiel Fiscal du Cameroun: Premier Levier Pour Réussir le Décollage Dans le Cadre de la Seconde Phase de la Vision 2035 / Optimisation of Cameroon's Fiscal Potential: First Tool for a Successful Launch in the Second Phase of Vision 20

Cameroon needs money for its (sustainable) development programme in view of its development between 2030 and 2035. And a lot of money! But how can this be done? Since the end of the great crisis and the HIPC initiative which has cooled the approach…

Effectivité de la Décentralisation et Sécurisation de la Fortune Publique au Cameroun: L’efficacité de la Programmation Budgétaire Comme un Impératif Préalable / Effectiveness of Decentralisation and Securing Public Assets in Cameroon

Decentralisation is a political, legal and administrative process of organising the administrative structures of the State, which grants decision-making and management powers to regional or local self-government bodies. Cameroon has adopted the prin…

COVID-19 et les Agendas de Developpement au Cameroon, en Afrique et Dans le Monde: Sortie de Piste? / COVID-19 and the Development Agendas in Cameroon, Africa and the World: Getting of the Track?

The development agenda is built on 03 pillars: sustainable economic growth, social inclusion and the preservation of the environment so as not to compromise the future generations. The watchword being to leave no one behind. Agenda 2030 is facing a …

Impact of COVID-19 on Financial Stability in Africa

Covid-19 has been very damaging to global equity and debt markets, especially in developing markets with riskier assets. The impact on developing markets has been exacerbated by falling commodity prices and depreciating currencies. The turbulence in…

Peace in the Great Lakes Region: Time for a Regional Approach

The countries of the Great Lakes region face the possibility of rising regional tensions which could lead to renewed violence. Relations between Uganda and Rwanda are at a historical low, and the heightened tensions between Rwanda and Burundi are en…

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