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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Conflict Insights

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Central Africa’s largest country with a surface area comparable with Western Europe, and one of the world’s most resourced countries. As a primary producer, its economy is made up of agriculture, fishing, mi…

Niger Conflict Insights

Niger is grappling with violent extremism and trans-boundary crimes which are cross-cutting security concerns shared with its neighbours including Mali, Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Burkina Faso and Benin. Niger has historically had consistent mining re…

Tunisia Conflict Insights

After independence from France in 1956, the Republic of Tunisia engaged in significant reforms to create a modern state under the rule of a political class led by the first president, Habib Bourguiba. Since then, Tunisia has seen two major political…

Reforming the African Peace and Security Architecture: Options for Effective Clarity of Roles between the African Union and Sub-regional Organizations

The uncertainties relating to the specific roles of the African Union (AU) and sub-regional organizations have raised debates on how to effectively delimit the responsibilities of African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) institutions in the co…

Will the Impact of the Pandemic on the Expected National Output Persist?

This weekly review contributes to the debate on how the COVID-19 induced hysteresis effects could affect growth in South Sudan. It addresses two related questions: What channels would transmit the COVID-19 scarring effects to the output? What can pu…

New Approaches for Funding Research and Innovation in Africa

This policy brief is situated in the backdrop of declining or stagnant national and international research funding sources and the increasing need for new models for funding research and innovation. African countries face an urgent need to industria…

Recommendations on Development-induced Displacements in Zimbabwe

Development-induced displacement is a worldwide social and economic problem. In China, 70 million people were displaced between 1950 and 2000, while 50 million were affected in India. A study carried out by the World Bank shows that in the majority …

Online Engagement in the Global South: Perspectives, Challenges and Options

Online engagements increased dramatically in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual platforms have enabled interactions and work to continue, despite an inability to meet in person. However, the digital divide has posed one of the bigges…

Accelerating Adaptation in Africa: Insights from African Adaptation Experts

Africa’s climate is already changing: average land temperatures have increased by more than 1°C since pre-industrial times, sea levels are rising and extreme weather events, such as storms and droughts, are more frequent. Further climate change is i…

Building Research Capacity in Early Career Researchers: Insights from an International Climate Research Programme

Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change and most countries are already experiencing its impacts. There is a strong need to generate improved climate information for Africa and apply this information to build resilience. One of the key long-ter…

Global Commons Security: An African Grand Strategy?

With US President Joe Biden’s Earth Summit approaching in April, there is renewed momentum toward international coming to terms with the accelerating climate crisis which, interrelated with the coronavirus pandemic, may provide new openings for Afri…

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: A Senegal Case Study

In this paper, we analyze specific “industries without smokestacks” and their potential contribution to economic growth and job creation in Senegal. Our main finding is that this potential is huge and can be further leveraged by adopting certain pol…

COVID-19 and the Labour Market: Estimating the Employment Effects of South Africa's National Lockdown

Like most around the world, the South African government quickly implemented a relatively stringent national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although much research documenting the pandemic’s economic effects exists, these studies are …

The Potential Employment Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies: The Case of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector

In this paper we examine the potential employment displacement effects of technologies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) on the MER sector, by observing this risk through the lens of the task-content of occupations or the routinisati…

Understanding Economic Complexity: An Application to the MER Sector

This paper develops a relatively novel method for identifying opportunities for diversification in the South African Manufacturing, Engineering, and Related Services (MER) Sector. The central tenet of this analysis is the economic complexity framewo…

Supporting the Mandate of the African Court

There is much work to be done on all fronts. The African Court, African Commission, AU, States, civil society, academia, and other stakeholders all have a role to play in ensuring that the African Court has a future in protecting and enforcing human…

A Never-ending Problem: Ugandans say Corruption Level has Increased, Rate Government Fight against Corruption Poorly

Corruption hinders economic, political, and social development, especially in less-developed countries, and has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable, increasing costs and reducing access to services, including health, education,…

Les Nigériens Font plus Confiance aux Prières Qu’aux Vaccins pour Prévenir la COVID-19 / Nigerians Trust Prayers More than Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

Niger recorded its first case of COVID-19 on 19 March 2020. However, the authorities have taken a series of measures to deal with the consequences of this pandemic, declaring a state of health emergency throughout the country (until 11 July) and clo…

Beyond Borders? Africans Prefer Self-reliant Development but remain Skeptical of Free Trade and Open Borders

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) opened for business on January 1, 2021, promising opportunities for people from all socio-economic strata to share in economic growth in the world’s largest free-trade zone. Expected to cover 54 Afric…

Who gets Involved? Insights on Civic Engagement in Africa and Implications for Fostering Volunteerism in Pursuit of Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set ambitious targets for countries and societies to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. While the expectations of meeting these goals largely fall on governments, it is widely recognized that joi…

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