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Towards Maximising the Demographic Dividend in Namibia

The primary objective of this study was to assess Namibia’s prospects for harnessing the demographic dividend and to identify priority options for maximising the dividend. Demographic change has implications for the realisation of these ambitions....

The Potential of Agriculture and Land Reform to Generate Jobs

Extremely high levels of unemployment contribute to poverty and inequality, and are one of South Africa’s most intractable problems. Can the agricultural sector help to address the problem? And how can land reform be undertaken in a manner that cr...

Enhancing Value Addition in the Extractive Sector in Africa: Why is it Important and How Can it be Achieved

Africa has a wealth of extractive resources. However, most of its minerals are extracted and exported in their raw state. The processing of its minerals into higher value output and products is done elsewhere. Hence, the majority of Africa’s min...

The Challenges of Nationhood and State-building in Nigeria’s “Fourth” Republic

Nigeria’s eighteen years of civilian rule has been dotted with incessant ethno-nationalist agitations which have often threatened the peace and tranquillity of the Nigerian state and the orderly conduct of public and private businesses. The Nige...

Inter-Security Agency Rivalry as an Impediment to National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST)

The emergence of Boko Haram as a terrorist group in Nigeria considerably changed the country’s security milieu. From a quiet religious group in the early 2000s, the group had risen in 2015 to become the deadliest terrorist group. As a security ch...

Equitable Access to Water for Young People

Africa has the youngest population in the world. Sixty per cent of Africans are under 25 years old. One of the challenges these young people face is the difficulty of accessing water, an entitlement enshrined in the Declaration of Human Rights and...

Green Growth Economy in Uganda: Strategies for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth: 72nd Session of State of the Nation Platform

Green Economies are a path to sustainable development. Green economies respond to the development challenges and imbalances in growth strategies that underlie the global financial and economic crisis by motivating policymakers in nation states to ...

67th State of the Nation Platform: “Confronting the Challenge of Child Mortality in Uganda: Scale-up and Consolidation of Gains from the CODES project”

Over the years, Uganda has made significant strides in reducing child mortality. Child mortality in Uganda declined from 156 per 1000 live births in 1990s, to 137 per 1000 live in 2005, 90 per 1000 live births in 2011 to the current 69 per 1000 li...

Freedom of Movement in Southern Africa: A SADC (pipe) dream?

Growing socio-economic disparities within and between states in Southern Africa are a major impediment to adopting a more collective approach to managing migration. This is compounded by a lack of political will from Southern African Development ...

Africa and Climate Change: Projecting Vulnerability and Adaptive capacity

Human activities have warmed the climate 1°C above pre-industrial levels, triggering fundamental changes in the earth’s physical and social landscapes. Africa has contributed little to climate change, but is home to some of the world’s harshest ...

Global Compact for Migration: Enhancing African Migration Governance

The final outcome document of the Global Compact for Migration calls for developing evidence-based migration policies and discourses. The importance of data for well-informed policy making is also emphasised. The compact follows a comprehensive ...

Why Land 'Expropriation without Compensation' is a bad idea

On 27 February 2018, the National Assembly made a landmark decision to review Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to cater for the principle of land expropriation without compensation. This follows the decisio...

The Future Prospects of South African Universities

Is there a future for South African universities? For a country that has the developmental ambitions we have, this is a vital question. And its answer must start with the recognition of the very high value of a university degree. The unemploymen...

A Short Note on the Looming Land Restitution Crisis

The land reform challenge in South Africa involves many issues: land restitution, intended to redress the loss of land by black communities and individuals since 1913; land redistribution by the state to black South Africans to change the skewed...

Troubling Times ahead: Election Scenarios for the DRC

Many observers have welcomed the August announcement that President Joseph Kabila will not be contesting the national elections scheduled for December in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By stepping aside Kabila has averted a constitutional...

Pastoralism and Development in Ethiopia

Pastoralism occupies a quarter of the world land area which is predominantly arid and semi-arid and supports tens of millions of pastoral households in which 60% are found in Africa. Pastoralism is an economic activity and land use system with i...

Financing Ethiopia’s Development: Confronting the Gap between Ambition and Means

Ethiopia set out – and in large measure achieved – a very ambitious program of economic and social development under its Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-I). The scale of public sector involvement was very large: for the five-year Plan period, ...

The Impact of the Role of Traditional leaders on Politico-governance in Somalia: Present realities and Past Reflections

Overviewing the types and the roles of the of governance institutions of pre-colonial Somalia, this study explored the current situation of the elders’ office with comparing it to the former. The findings include that today’s elders’ office does n...

Angola: Présidence Lourenço An I et après ? / Angola: One year into the Lourenço presidency. What's next?

After João Lourenço was elected president of Angola in August 2017, succeeding José Eduardo Dos Santos, who had led Angola for thirty-eight years, the country started to break away from the Dos Santos system and a very large number of members of t...

China’s Economic Statecraft in Africa

Africa, preeminent recipient of Chinese aid, has benefited greatly from Chinese low-rate loans, infrastructure projects and trade relations. Consequently, these massive investments cause analysts to question whether this Chinese expansionism cons...

Angola: One year into the Lourenço Presidency. What's next?

This policy brief analyzes Angola after João Lourenço was elected president of the country on August 2017. The election of Lourenco to presidency marks a pivotal shift for Angola’s political system, especially since José Eduardo Dos Santos, the fo...

Determinants of Price Dynamics in Ethiopia

In this study it is tried to uncover the determinants of recent inflationary pressures in Ethiopia. In particular, the study used both simple descriptive analysis as well as rigorous parametric analysis to trace the relationship between inflation ...

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