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Financial Inclusion in Eswatini: What is Driving the Adoption of Mobile Money?

Mobile money has gained increasing importance and prominence in many sub-Saharan African countries and as a result, it is seen as a possible key to fast-tracking financial inclusion in developing countries including Eswatini. Although financial incl…

Community Response to Localization of Sustainable Development Goals: A Profile of Relevant Indicators in Uganda

The SDG are clear on ending hunger and poverty in all forms, achieving food security, improving nutrition, promoting sustainable agriculture, ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all, providing inclusive and equitable high-quality education and…

Global Lessons for Small Business Promotion

A stronger, more dynamic small business sector is essential for achieving inclusive growth in South Africa. Unfortunately, in spite of a number of promising-sounding interventions, and the creation of the Department of Small Business Development in …

Determinants of Unemployment and Labour-Market Transitions for Youth in Botswana

Africa has a youthful population and Botswana is no exception. As a result, Botswana suffers from high youth unemployment problems. Hence, this paper seeks to empirically investigate how the socioeconomic characteristics of the youth of Gabane villa…

Futures Literacy In Mining: Empowering the AMV

The 10-year review of the African Mining Vision (AMV) is an opportunity to showcase the need for futures literacy, foresight and anticipatory governance. The COVID-19 pandemic accentuates the lack of anticipatory capabilities in African mining to …

Can Cash Transfer Programs Boost Income-generating Activities in Rural Burundi?

In a bid to achieve the number one Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of no poverty, the government of Burundi has developed a national social protection strategy. As part of the strategy, the government is currently implementing cash transfer progr…

Double-edged Sword? Ghanaians see Pros, Cons of Social Media, want Access but not Fake news

Like many other countries, Ghana has been grappling with its share of fake news about COVID-19. On the one hand, rumors that the “foreign disease” targets only whites and the affluent heighten nonchalant attitudes toward fighting the disease. On the…

COVID-19 and the Rising Levels of Domestic Violence in Uganda

Domestic violence which may also be referred to as domestic abuse or family violence is a very disastrous habit in families. Globally, domestic violence is a very big challenge among married partners more so in developing countries including Uganda.…

Role of Maternal Education and Prenatal Care on Child Health in Cameroon

Child health is considered a key indicator of economic development and quality of life in developing countries. In this context, this study attempts to empirically analyse the role of maternal education and prenatal care on child heath at birth in C…

In Zimbabwe, Weak Water and Health Systems Heighten Vulnerabilities during COVID-19 Crisis

Like much of the rest of the world, Zimbabwe has confronted the COVID-19 pandemic with stay-at-home orders and advice to practice social distancing and frequent handwashing, hoping to prevent a wave of infections that would overwhelm the national he…

COVID-19 in Africa: Vulnerabilities and Assets

Not only did the COVID-19 disease arrive on Africa’s shores (and at its airports) later than in Asia, Europe, and North America, but for months the numbers of infections and deaths also appeared to remain relatively low. As of early August, the cont…

COVID-19 and South Africa's Foreign Policy

COVID-19 poses great risks to the African and global community but in what could otherwise be apocalyptic despair, there are also great opportunities to change the style and practice of international relations. Most crucially, there is now the norma…

COVID-19 and Regional Integration in Southern Africa: South Africa's Moment of Truth

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold hardship across the world and Africa is not being spared. COVID-19 also tests the basic assumptions upon which the liberal international order is built, including the return to the primacy of national interest…

How will COVID-19 Impact South Africa's Climate Change Diplomacy?

COVID-19, which first surfaced in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and reached pandemic proportions by early 2020 has added an additional layer of complexity to an increasingly uncertain global landscape. The pandemic comes at a time when shifts in th…

Assessing the Relationship between Brain Drain and the Economy of Eswatini

Eswatini has been experiencing the brain drain phenomenon since the early 90s. Previous studies on the phenomenon attribute the brain drain to high unemployment and the labour market’s inability to absorb emaSwati. With that said, there are still no…

Stokvels: An Instrument for Income Generation and Wealth Creation?

Stokvels are increasingly being recognised as a solution to contribute to income generation and wealth creation, especially amongst low-income earners who are excluded from the formal financial markets. This study investigates the contribution of st…

Reviving a Declining Mining Industry

These are extraordinary times and there is little time to mince words: South African mining is in decline. We have limited exploration for new mining opportunities. We have almost no investment in new mines. We have decreasing investment to expand a…

Remediating South Sudan's War-Induced Petroleum Environmental Damage: Environmental Baseline Conditions and Current Impacts

This paper reviews the existing literature to determine the adequacy of evidence and extent of the environmental impacts in the oil producing areas in South Sudan. The following is revealed: Evidence from previous studies shows that there is a serio…

South Africans Support Social Grants, but say Work at any Wage beats Unemployment

In South Africa, “social grants” providing income support to poor households have a long history. More than 17 million citizens, almost one-third of the population, receive a cash transfer from the state each month. The largest social grant programs…

How Policymakers can Tackle the Youth Unemployment Crisis in Gabane, Botswana

Unemployment in Botswana is relatively high (23%) and even higher for youth (26%) using the narrow definition of unemployment. Despite the concerted efforts of the government of Botswana, uptake of youth employment programmes remains relatively very…

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