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South Africans Endorse Self-Reliant Development but Question Free Trade and Loan Conditionalities

On the international stage, South Africa is often viewed as the gateway to Africa. The country is a relatively stable democracy with a sophisticated financial services industry that attracts global investment, making it an economic powerhouse in the…

Poverty Mapping of the Obuasi Municipality and Obuasi East District

This is a report on poverty mapping for the Obuasi Municipal Area and Obuasi East District. There are four major parts of this report. These two cases were chosen because of the existence of gold mining. Gold mining on the global scale has proven to…

The State of Major Macroeconomic Indicators in Ethiopia and Proposed Directions

The current state of the Ethiopian political Economy can best be captured by the contrast between the promise of the ruling party and people’s high expectation from the new administration which was inaugurated on October 4, 2021. On the economic fro…

Local Government in Ethiopia: Design Problems and Their Implications

There is a growing global recognition of local government as an important level of government both as institution of democratic participation and basic service delivery. It is also used for accommodating ethno-linguistic minorities in countries with…

The State of Peace and Security in Contemporary Ethiopia

The path Ethiopia passed through since 1991 has left an indelible imprint on social cohesion, peace cum-nation-building process in the country. Irrespective of a reported economic growth, which however was suspected of marginalising the majority in …

Defusing Nigeria's Double Burden of Disease is a Development Imperative

In 2020, the Covid-19 emergency briefly catapulted public health to the top of government agenda in Nigeria. As the health crisis unfolded globally, it became clear that most people in the country were spared from severe sickness or death due to the…

Implications of COP26 for Africa's Mining Industry

Due to the importance of critical minerals in the energy transition, the mining industry has a significant role to play in the pursuit of a net-zero future. At the same time, critical minerals mining is an environmentally damaging process, often occ…

Challenges and Opportunities: Media Independence and Press Freedom in Zimbabwe

Despite the 2013 Constitutional provisions and legislation ostensibly enacted and gazetted to enable media freedom, the media landscape under the Mnangagwa regime remains restrictive and incongruent with international best practises. In practice, ev…

The Legal and Political Implications of a Judicial Review of the Zondo Commission’s Findings

Gwede Mantashe, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, has threatened to judicially review the Zondo Commission’s (‘the Commission’) findings against him. This decision highlights legal and political weaknesses in South Africa’s democratic sy…

Mandating Digital Tax Tools as a Response to COVID: Evidence from Eswatini

Many tax authorities changed the mode of interacting with taxpayers from physical to online as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to diminish the spread of the virus. Eswatini, the country under study, mandated the use of online tax filing through…

Kenya's Budget, 2022/23: Budget Overview

This fact sheet is an overview of the Kenyan budget for 2022/23

How at Risk is the Central African Republic from Violent Extremism?

This report examines the need for early warning and response on violent extremism in the Central African Republic (CAR). Between October and November 2021, over 30 stakeholders were interviewed in field research conducted in Bangui and Bouar. The re…

Human Development as a Pathway to Transformed and Peaceful Societies: Governance and Development in Zimbabwe

This research document investigates the role of human development as a pathway to a transformed and peaceful Zimbabwe. It shows that the quality of governance and its impact on development outcomes matter. Periods of poor governance have exacerbated…

Re-imagining the Role of the Humanitarian Agency of the African Union to Encompass Conflict Prevention

The impact of conflict on Africa's humanitarian crises has in recent years become far more devastating. As a major driver of humanitarian calamities, conflicts have led to massive displacement of already vulnerable populations and disrupted the soci…

Guinée: Éclairage sur les Facteurs de Risques de Conflit / Guinea: Insights on Conflict Risk Factors

The purpose of this report is to provide analysis and recommendations for national, regional and continental decision-makers in the implementation of relevant peace and security instruments. This note aims to highlight the factors and actors of both…

The Integrated Housing Development Program: Identifying Strengths and Gaps

The city of Addis Ababa, the leading urbanizing city in the country, inhabits nearly 20 percent of the total urban population in the country (CSA, 2014). Rapid urbanization coupled with high population migration into the city have accelerated the ho…

Increasing Social Sector Spending for Sustained Inclusive Development

This Social Sector Budget Brief explores the extent to which the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) will support social sector needs in the country in 2022. The brief analyses the size and composition of planned budget allocations to the soc…

Consumption of New and Emerging Tobacco and Nicotine Products in Zambia: Implications for Policy

The global economy has in recent years observed a rapid increase in the consumption of New and Emerging Tobacco and Nicotine Products (NETNPs). Consumers of the NETNPs in Zambia and elsewhere justify consumption of these products on grounds that the…

Data Protection Legal Regime and Data Governance in Africa: An Overview

While it is conceivable that African countries have made effort to enact legal framework for data protection and data governance due to the increased use of personal data, compared to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the African Uni…

A Data Governance Framework for Africa

To create a vibrant market for the use of data, while still protecting the individual rights of those on the continent, Africa must lead the way in developing its data strategy and data governance framework. This data governance framework should acc…

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