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Thinking Outside the Grid: The Role of Decentralized Power Systems in Electrifying Sub Saharan Africa

Meeting the energy needs of the developing world remains a critical development priority. Access to energy has been identified as correlating with economic growth as well as having positive impacts on education and health. In sub-Saharan Africa, a...

What are ‘Tax Expenditures’ and How Big are Energy-related Tax Expenditures?

Tax expenditures occur when a government provides a reduction in a tax obligation such that it collects less tax than it would have otherwise collected. Tax expenditures are an integral, though controversial, part of all contemporary tax systems. ...

Addressing the Challenges of Taxation of the Digital Economy: Lessons for African Countries

The rapid growth of the digital economy in many African countries has led to concerns about whether their tax regimes are equipped to deal with this new phenomenon. The shift from a traditional bricks and mortar commercial environment to one that ...

Capturing the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Regional and National Agenda

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)— characterized by the fusion of the digital, biological, and physical worlds, as well as the growing utilization of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, th...

The Impact of EU Pesticide Regulations on West Africa's Cocoa Exports

Cocoa is of vital importance to the economies of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria, and it constitutes the largest part of the agricultural sector for these countries. The EU is a major importer of cocoa from West Africa, and therefore re...

AFECCOR Supporting Artisanal Gold Mining Communities to Access Savings and Credit

The Artisanal Mining Women’s Empowerment Credit & Savings project, known by its French acronym AFECCOR, supports women and men in artisanal gold mining communities to access savings and credit in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and security....

A Golden Web: How India Became One of the World’s Largest Gold Smuggling Hubs

Goldsmiths across the country stand ready to buy gold from traders and turn it into bullion or jewellery. They ask few, if any, questions about the gold’s origins or whether it’s been legally imported into the country. When paperwork does accompan...

Digitalising Democracy in SADC: Insights from 2019 Elections

This policy insight explores the worldwide phenomenon of the digitalisation of democracy, in the context of recently conducted elections in four SADC member countries – South Africa, Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique. This is done through a critical...

Africa and Europe: Cyber Governance Lessons

This Policy Insights examines the lessons the AU can learn from the EU in the area of cyber governance. The AU has recently adopted one document in this respect, the 2014 Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection. This convention i...

A Roundup of Strategic Developments and Trends in Africa in 2019

The domestic, regional and global contexts across Africa have pointed to a number of developments and trends in the course of 2019 that have a bearing on the considerations and policy responses of policy makers in both the short-term and the long-...

2019 Report on Human Rights Violations

This report documents the ways Nigeria’s current legal framework, aided by the SSMPA, endorses human rights violations on its own citizens by deeming LGBTQI persons unworthy and undeserving of their fundamental human rights. This effectively make...

Leveraging the BRI for Africa’s Industrialisation and Intra-Trade (Opportunities for the AfCFTA)

Two initiatives have recently gained prominence, one on the global stage and the other in Africa: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The former initiative’s primary aim is to build economic...

Ten Million and Rising: What it would Take to Address South Africa's Jobs Bloodbath

South Africa’s unemployment crisis is the consequence of decades of inadequate growth coupled with some of the effects of globalisation, technological change and bad policy choices. There are limits to the pace at which this can be rolled back, so...

Gabonese say President should be Accountable to Courts and Parliament but often Ignores both

Accountability forms a central pillar of democratic governance. While free and fair elections help promote government of, by, and for the people, what happens between election days can be equally important. Respect for the rule of law and other go...

Prerequisite for Progress: Accessible, Reliable Power Still in Short Supply Across Africa

Given its undisputed importance for almost any aspect of development – from health and educational achievement to economic growth and poverty reduction – access to electricity may have earned the status of a basic human right. At a minimum, it is ...

The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land: What’s in it for Africa?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terre...

#SpeakUp: Using Social Media to Promote Police Accountability in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Little research has been conducted to assess the impact and potential of social media on the public’s engagement in police accountability in Africa. This report explores whether social media can promote more effective police accountability in Ken...

Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: Sharing Reflections, Insights and Lessons to Enrich Development Efforts in Africa

This issue of the African Development Perspectives brings you a wide range of lessons, experiences and insights drawn from past and ongoing efforts to increase the use or consideration of evidence in development efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. The...

Open for business? Appraisal of FDI in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has teetered on the edge of economic crisis for the past 20 years. The situation was compounded by a political crisis that resulted in the 2017 ‘military assisted transition’. President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a new dispensation and s...

25 Years after Cairo: Accelerating Africa’s Promise

In this edition of Development Perspectives, we hope to refocus researchers, decisionmakers, and practitioners to the role of evidence in addressing SRHR in Africa. What does the evidence say about the successes in SRHR over the past 25 years and ...

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