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Togolese express Tolerance toward (most) Minorities and Support for Gender Equality

The government of Togo has taken recent steps to protect the rights of women and minorities. One is a new penal code, adopted in November 2015 after years of advocacy by human-rights organizations, that strengthens protections against gender-based...

Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Somali Women in the Post Conflict Socio-Political Arena

Somalia is one of the post conflict societies in the horn of Africa. It has been and still characterized by conflicts occurring at inter-state, intra-state and inter-communal levels. Although conflicts in Somalia affected both men and women, wome...

Female Entrepreneurship, Access to Credit and Firms' Performance in Senegal

There has been a noticeable improvement in female entrepreneurship in Senegal. From 2007 to 2014, the total share of female-owned firms in the country has grown from 23.8% to 32.1%. The share of female entrepreneurs in new start-ups, in particul...

Spillovers from Off-farm Self-employment Opportunities in Rural Niger

The agricultural sector is the main economic activity in peri-urban and rural Niger. Yet, farm households still face constraints related to climate change and agricultural factors that may hinder agricultural production and threaten food security...

Reversing Zambia’s High Risk of Debt Distress

With about a year into implementation of the 2017 to 2019 Medium Term Debt Strategy, this paper gives a synopsis of the strategy. It delves into each of the pillars of the strategy and analyses the pros and cons of each and assesses whether the p...

Analytical Brief of the 2019 Social Sector Budget: 'A Call for Fairness and Elimination of Wastage'

The 2019 National Budget comes at a time when the Government is facing fiscal constraints. Nevertheless, the Government will still have to deliver essential social services to its population to build on progress made in the past in order to safegu...

Illicit Transfers and Tax Reforms in South Africa: Mapping of the Literature and Synthesis of the Evidence

There is mounting evidence demonstrating that massive amounts of revenue are transferred from South Africa and other developing countries annually in ways that significantly deprive the national revenue authorities of resources that could be used ...

Affordable Housing in Kigali: Issues and Recommendations

Rwanda has been experiencing a very high rate of population and urban growth. This has posed serious problems for socio-economic development because of the inability of existing institutions and mechanisms to cope with emerging challenges. These...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 30 Issue 3 July-August 2018

The HAB issue on Ethio-Eritrea rapprochement finally saw the light of day and is a testimony to the profound nature of the changes in Ethiopia unleashed since Prime Minister Abiy ascended to the helm of power, and, the rapidity of the rapprochemen...

Urban Land and the Genesis of Violence

The question of land has been a burning issue in the history of South Africa. Under colonialism and apartheid, various laws and policies were used to dispossess and force black people from their ancestral land. Since the democratic transition in ...

Supporting Business Opportunities for Rural Women in East and Southern Africa: A case study of Uganda

This study examines the characteristics of rural women doing business in Uganda. It analyses the nature of business operations and structural barriers women face thus hindering them from seizing economic opportunities. It is part of a collaborat...

Should the Police be assessed using Crime Statistics?

Using crime statistics as an indicator of police performance is problematic. Many variables influence increases and decreases in crime rates that cannot necessarily be attributed to police performance. This policy brief argues that crime statisti...

The Republic of South Sudan: Progress, Prospects and Challenges of Regional Integration

Belonging to one or more regional blocks is very popular in Africa as could be seen from the plethora of multiple membership of countries. South Sudan is no exception in such effort. The purpose of this research is to assess the extent to which th...

Increasing Women's Support for Democracy in Africa

Democracy is generally seen as a force for good, but women in sub-Saharan Africa are less likely to support democracy than men. Research shows how discriminatory social institutions — including biases in family law and civil liberties and gaps in ...

From School to Work in Six African Countries: How are Women Faring?

Female labour force participation in sub-Saharan Africa is higher than in many other areas of the developing world, but fewer young women work in formal waged jobs. Female educational attainment levels are also lower than in other regions, while...

An Effective Technology Transfer System: Research and Extension Messages reach the Majority of Farmers

Why do farmers need access to newer technologies on a recurrent basis? Most subsistence farmers already know how to farm and undertake post-harvest processing from their parents. The main reason to turn to technology is that traditional technique...

The Potential of Manufacturing and Industrialization in Africa: Trends, Opportunities, and Strategies

By 2030, business-to-business spending in manufacturing in Africa is projected to reach $666.3 billion, $201.28 billion more than in 2015. This report discussed the evolution and prospects of manufacturing and industrialization in Africa. It ult...

In the Driver's Seat? African Agency and Chinese Power at FOCAC, the AU and the BRI

While Africa’s partnership with China has undeniably led to a jump in trade and investment, especially over the past two decades, many on the continent remain concerned about the relationship’s lack of equality. This issue is particularly striking...

Securing Borders: The Danger of Blurring Global Migration Governance and Health Security Agendas in Southern Africa

This paper explores the potential risks associated with the blurring of global migration governance and health security agendas in Southern Africa, a region associated with high levels of population mobility as well as communicable and, increasing...

Ethiopian Universal Electrification Development Strategies

Having access to modern energy sources is essential for economic development and livelihood improvement. Access to modern energy supports both income generation activities and the national development agenda through improving education, reducing i...

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