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BRICS at glance: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa

"Africa is generally positive about its partners, whether they are emerging or traditional lenders. The paper demonstrates the positive contributions of the BRICS. However, unless these BRICS become more transparent and release comparable data on ...

Partnering for Sustainable Peace in Liberia

This paper first analyzes Liberia’s national frameworks relevant to peace building and then examines the engagements of multiple peace building actors in Liberia, with a particular focus on the roles of African regional, sub regional and bilateral...

Africa and the Remaking of Global Order

This paper makes the case for Africa to play a role in remaking global order. This is based on the need to address geopolitical insecurity as well as the continent’s need to redress its historical exclusion from the design of the international sys...

Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Malawi

Agriculture is essential to the Malawian economy and is a key livelihood activity – but it is vulnerable to climate change. Gender inequality results from different gender roles – what we deem appropriate behaviour for men and women in society. ...

The Future of Globalization

Despite the threat posed by protectionism, right-wing nationalism and left wing populism – there is not yet an end to globalization, but rather a continuation which is the most likely scenario and perhaps even acceleration, as the world catches up...

D'une Exploitation Massive du Poisson à une lutte contre la Raréfaction de la Ressource dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal, des années 50 à nos jours

[English title : From a massive exploitation of fish to a fight against the scarcity of the resource in the valley of the river Senegal, from the 50's until present.] Today, the scarcity of marine and river resources is a problem that is hitting ...

Reform or unravel? Prospects for Angola’s transition

Angola is facing an existential transition. A presidential succession is occurring ahead of the August 2017 elections amid a deep financial crisis, internal factionalism within the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and strong opposit...

Oil and Gas Local Content Development Strategy: The Key to Success

This policy brief attempted to identify common factors in successful local content strategies by comparing the experiences of countries that have achieved reasonable positive local content outcomes. In order to do so, the experiences of seven Lat...

Climate Policy and Finance: Designing an Effective Carbon Pricing System for Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector

This study provides evidence-based analysis and recommendations for designing an effective carbon pricing system that discourages air pollution and encourages the gradual uptake of climate-friendly technologies by the oil and gas sector, while sup...

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis at the Crossroads

Since October 2016, protests around sectoral demands have degenerated into a political crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. This crisis has led to the reemergence of the Anglophone question and highlighted the limits of the Cameroonian gove...

The Seychelles Labor Market

This report, produced as a background paper to the World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD), provides a detailed overview of the Seychelles labor market. It emphasizes the relationship between changes to the overall structure of the economy...

Socio-Economic Determinants of Crime in South Africa: an Empirical Assessment

This paper has attempted to understand how socio-economic factors influence crime in South Africa at the police precinct level. We find that the relationships between crime and these variables are influenced by the type of crime (property, robbe...

Education, Marriage, Fertility and Work Choices of Young Women in Uganda

Despite the existence of several policies and laws aimed at empowering women to participate as equal partners in development, a number of challenges remain in Uganda. Low female education attainment, early marriages, teenage pregnancies and poor f...

A Pathway to Social Protection Development in Uganda: A Synthesis Report

Social protection is situated at the heart of attaining the Global Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Agenda 2063. This synthesis reviews the institutions, policies, laws, implementation plans and evidence that are al...

The Long-Term Uptake of Natural Gas in the South African Energy System

Climate change mitigation is the key policy context for considering the role of fossil fuels in the South African energy system in the long term, so the study focuses on the impact on the energy system of an economy-wide carbon constraint, and on...

Universal Health Coverage in Uganda: The Critical Health Infrastructure, Healthcare coverage and equity

This study aims to analyse the status of the critical health infrastructure which is needed to attain sustained progress towards UHC, and to review Uganda’s progress towards UHC. Some of the recent studies that have assessed UHC in Uganda have pri...

Enhancing the Role of Courts in Promoting Forest Justice Lessons from the Matiri Court Cases

Despite concerted efforts by government and non-government actors, Uganda continues to suffer from unprecedented rates of deforestation and forest degradation. Current statistics indicate that in the last 25 years, Uganda lost more than half of it...

Boosting South Africa’s Economic Relations with the BRICS

South Africa should argue the case for stronger economic cooperation within the grouping, despite the challenges in intra-BRICS economic relations as was observed in the paper. Firstly, while it appears that financial cooperation, specifically wi...

A New Chapter Beckons: South Africa at the Crossroads

This paper analyzed the recent developments on the South African political landscape, which marked a rupture from one chapter within an epoch to a new one. To be more explicit, the recent manoeuvres by President Jacob Zuma facilitated the conclusi...

Vehicles for Accountability or Cloaks of Impunity? How can National Commissions of Inquiry Achieve Accountability for Violations of the Right to Life?

The establishment of national commissions of inquiry is a common governmental response in the aftermath of crisis, including allegations of major human rights violations. Proponents of such commissions suggest that they are a more flexible, partic...

Rethinking Development Finance: Towards a New “possible trinity” for Growth?

Development finance is an issue that typically concerns developing countries. This is where numerous, grave socio-economic problems persist, including – and not among the least – the need for stable development finance in higher quantity and of h...

Africa’s Natural Resources and Geopolitical Realities

For its 6th edition, the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, focused on the theme of Natural Resource Governance in Africa. One of the forum session’s key discussion points sought to "understand and explain why the exploitation of these ...

A Chequered African History of Commodity Markets, Part one: Bauxite and Aluminium

The African endowment in mineral resources is well known and has often been a mixed blessing, according to the so called “natural resources curse”. Bauxite, an ore that serves as a feedstock for aluminium production, is particularly present in Gui...

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