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8 Facts on the Medical Equipment Leasing Project in Kenya

The country has recently experienced a rise in cases of non-communicable diseases as well as cases of injuries from traffic accidents. This coupled with inadequate medical personnel and low specialized health infrastructure owing to the reality of...

News in the COVID-19 crisis: Where do South Africans get their News, and is it Trustworthy? Findings from the 2019 South African Reconciliation Barometer

Where do South Africans get their news and do they believe it to be trustworthy? This question takes on even greater significance in the context of a national lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19. This policy brief, using insights from the 201...

Health Misinformation: False stories from Ebola to Coronavirus

Nigeria has had a long-running battle with misinformation and disinformation. In times of health pandemics, misinformation, or false information shared unintentionally, becomes especially harmful. This was evident during the Ebola crisis in Nigeri...

The Influence of Women Empowerment on Child Nutrition in Rural Nigeria

In Nigeria, the low status of women and inflexible gender gaps contribute to weak dietary diversity and chronic child malnutrition. Child malnutrition is persistent, despite several interventions which fail to capture the need to empower women to ...

Land Tenure Security, Credit Access and Agricultural Productivity in Cameroon

Cameroonian farmers face two tenure systems: a modern regime and a customary regime. These two regimes are perpetually confronting each other, putting farmers in a total uncertainty as to the regime to adopt to ensure the sustainability of their v...

Four Conflict Prevention Opportunities for South Africa’s Foreign Policy

Wracked during Jacob Zuma’s nine-year presidency by corruption, scandal and infighting at the uppermost levels of government, South Africa stepped back from its post-apartheid role as a diplomatic powerhouse on the African continent, with a partic...

A Tale of Two Countries: Lessons from Zambia and Ghana in Engaging the IMF

Zambia’s last programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expired in 2011. At that time, the country had established sustained macroeconomic stability and robust growth underpinned by conservative fiscal and monetary policies as well as a...

Nigeria Economic Update Weekly Digest Issue 11

The first article on page 2 is titled: Decline in External Reserves. Between January and February, Nigeria’s external reserves declined from US$37.2 billion to $35.5 billion, its lowest in over 2 years. Although the reserve level remains above the...

Le Maroc à l’épreuve du Covid-19: de l’Etat Nation à l’Etat Social / Morocco in the Ordeal of Covid-19: From the Nation State to the Social State

The Covid-19 is an evil that the Kingdom will have chosen very early on to fight head-on, at all costs and whatever the sacrifices, with the supreme objective of guaranteeing national security in the broadest sense of the word. The timely measures...

Assessing the Impact of National Marketing Boards on Consumers and Producers' Welfare

Food production in Swaziland has historically been insufficient, even after the introduction of National Marketing Boards. This is despite their mandate emphasised in the National Development Strategy (NDS) and Agriculture Sector Policy to develop...

Improving Job Matching for Zambia's Youth

To measure educational mismatch, the research team analysed nationally-representative cross-sectional survey data from the 2014 School to Work Transition Survey (STWTS) for youth aged 15 to 29. The team examined whether there are differences betwe...

Birth Order and Demand for Immunization for Children Under the Age of Five in Cameroon

Despite free basic vaccines administered by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), there is still a fairly high death rate of children aged 0-5 worldwide due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region du...

The Impact of Regulations on Investment in Mobile Telephone Infrastructure in Southern Africa Development Community Countries

The main objective of the study was to investigate the impact of policy regulations on investments in mobile telecommunications network infrastructure in all the 15 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The ...

Ghanaians' Acceptance of Security-related Restrictions Faces Test with COVID-19 Lockdown

Effective Monday, 30 March, parts of Greater Accra and Ashanti regions – the areas of Ghana most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – were placed on lockdown, in accordance with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s announcement in his fourth address to the ...

Looking Back, Looking Forward: South Africa in the UN Security Council

South Africa’s 2019-2020 term as an elected non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council is a critical opportunity for the country to demonstrate its commitment to international peace and security, the global rules-based order, and ...

COVID-19 and the Egyptian Economy: Estimating the Impacts of Expected Reductions in Tourism, Suez Canal Revenues, and Remittances

Egypt’s recent economic success will almost certainly be interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We examine the likely impact on the Egyptian economy of a significant reduction in tourism, payments received from the Suez Canal, and remittances from ...

Peace and Security Council Report Issue 122

This report comprises several articles. The first article on pages 2, 3 : PSC postpones several activities due to COVID-19 - In line with recommendations to halt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Africa, the Peace and Security Council (P...

Morocco’s Sovereignty over Natural Resources in Saharan Provinces - Taking Cherry Blossom Case as an Example -

The challenges against Morocco’s sovereignty over natural resources in Saharan districts will be thoroughly examined and criticized. First, the inaccurate interpretation by the EU court of the phrase “a status separate and distinct from an adminis...

The Exchange Rate Pass-through to Inflation and its Implications for Monetary Policy in Cameroon and Kenya

Understanding how domestic prices adjust to the exchange rate enables us to anticipate the effects on inflation and monetary policy responses. This study examines the extent of the exchange rate pass-through to the Consumer Price Index in Cameroon...

An Activist User's Guide to Regional and International Guidelines and Principles for Large-scale Land-based Investments

As multinational corporations continue to invest in large-scale, land-based, commercial ventures in Africa, a need to regulate such investments to protect the rural poor, especially women, has been identified. A number of stakeholders have intensi...

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