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The Implications of Al Bashir's Downfall on South Sudan

The Sudanese revolutionary forces that brought an end to a 30-year rule of President Omar Al Bashir find a lot of sympathy and support among the ordinary South Sudanese citizens, who, at one point before their own independence, suffered Al Bashir’...

Estimating the Size and Trends of the Informal Economy in Ghana

The purpose of this paper is to quantitatively examine the evolution of the informal economy over the past four decades. The study used the currency demand approach as analytical framework for the assessment. The findings suggest that there has be...

Africa and the New Rentier Effect: Oil, Aid, Regime-Type

Rentier state theory grew out of an attempt to understand political development in the oil-rich states of the Middle East. The framework has since been applied to understand the politics of resource-rich countries in Latin America, Asia and Afric...

Conditional Pricing of Currency Risk in Africa's Equity Market

In this paper, we sought to establish whether Africa’s volatile currencies drive equity risk premium. We use the stochastic discount factor (SDF) framework to estimate various conditional specifications of the International Capital Asset Pricing M...

Exchange Rate, Petroleum Price and Price Determination in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone economy is a net importer with a chronic negative balance of trade. Imports as a percentage of GDP averaged 40.8% between 2001 and 2010. Imports of food, mineral fuels and lubricants accounted for 50.8% of the total value of impor...

Analysis of the Technical Efficiency of Public Hospitals in Togo: A Non-Parametric Approach

Most health facilities in Togo are poorly equipped. Consequently, the rate of post-natal consultation remains low and varies between 9.5% and 39.4%. Barely half of all deliveries (47.1%) take place in health facilities. In this study, we analysed ...

The ICC and the African Union: “Engaging African Youth in International Justice”

This policy brief outlines the debate surrounding the ICC’s focus on (sub-Saharan) Africa, describing how the Court has become the de facto court of transitional justice in Africa, and arguing that a realist theoretical framework can best explain ...

Are Africans' Freedoms Slipping Away?

Protection of individual rights and liberties has been on both the African continental agenda and the global agenda for decades, shaped especially by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and P...

Small Improvements, Not yet a 'New Dawn': South Africans Still See High Levels of Corruption

In his first State of the Nation Address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (2018) announced “a new dawn” signaling the end of “all the negativity that has dogged our country,” including perceptions of widespread corruption under his predece...

La Transformation Structurelle au Maroc et Chaînes de Valeurs Mondiales: Une Vulgarisation du Débat / Structural Transformation in Morocco and Global Value Chains: A Popularization of the Debate

The structural transformation of an economy remains a necessary crossing point for any nation wishing to climb the ladder of development. This transformation often depends on an economy's ability to set itself up as an agrarian subsistence societ...

What Drives Violence in South Africa?

This research brief outlines the literature on drivers of violence in South Africa and then puts it in context by summarising views on violence among community members who work with CSVR in four local communities. The brief shows that violence pre...

The Use and Effectiveness of Social Grants in South Africa

This research examines the effectiveness of social grants in South Africa, and how recipients use their grants. As a form of social protection, social grants not only ameliorate poverty and provide a safety net, they also potentially promote soc...

Women's Land Rights in Africa: Scorecard 2019

This scorecard measures how committed governments are to women’s land rights in each country. It is comparing how women are confronting their governments about land rights. It learns how women are tackling their land rights issues and shares less...

Vegetable Production from Home Gardens

From the baseline study for the ATONU project, formative research and literature review from the project sites, it was apparent that there was dietary inadequacy, with animal source foods, vegetables and fruits being consumed in small quantities...

Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status in Women and Children in Rural Farming Households in Ethiopia and Tanzania

The results of the studies in the two countries show that there is high malnutrition among women and children in the study population. These populations are highly vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity and the nutrition-sensitive interventio...

Brazil’s 2019 Chairship of the BRICS: Priorities & Expectations

This BRICS dialogue was jointly put together by the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) which we are always happy to have as a partner in these types of dialogues. There is immense interest in BRICS a...

Rabat, un Territoire en Mutation / Rabat, Transformation of a Territory

Rabat, the capital of Morocco, has undergone profound changes since the beginning of the century and the millennium, as a result of two programs initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Launched for the first time in 2004, around the developmen...

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis: How to Get to Talks?

Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis is deadlocked. Twenty months of clashes have killed 1,850, displaced 530,000 and led tens of thousands to seek refuge abroad, but the government and the separatists are sticking to their irreconcilable positions. The s...

Peace and Security Council Report No.112

This report consists of several articles. The first article ‘The AU saves the CAR deal in extremis, but it needs to do more’ discusses the African Unions reaction to the February peace deal in the Central African Republic. The increased number o...

Business and Development: Before you Vote, As Questions, Demand Answers

Faster growth, and the jobs it brings, should trump all other government priorities. Yet per capita GDP has actually fallen in three out of the four years since 2015. Without policy change, the economy will continue to stagnate, and South Africa...

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