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Tribal Dynamics in the Sahel

This paper suggests that tribal dynamics of power structure are key in reestablishing peace and development in the region. The Sahel region’s security challenges are directly influenced by tribalism and ethnic dynamics. In recent decades mistreatm...

Does Financial Literacy Influence Use of Mobile Financial Services In Malawi? Evidence from Malawi Household Survey Data

Mobile financial services are gaining prominence and could be a possible avenue for fast-tracking financial inclusion in developing countries, including Malawi. However, adoption and usage of such services remains low among the Malawi population. ...

Strengthening Climate Resilience through Integration of Climate Change, Women and Youth Issues in Uganda's Agriculture Sector: Analysis of Agriculture Related Policies and Programmes

This report provides insights into building a gender sensitive climate smart agriculture while reducing the vulnerability of women, youth and refugees to the adversity impacted by climate change. It shows that successful mainstreaming of climate c...

Skills Training and Business Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Liberia

This paper explores whether skills training in business performance and customer practices was a promising way to increase business outcomes among self-employed workers who operate small businesses in developing countries. We randomized training...

Urbanization is Improving Household Welfare in Ethiopia

These findings highlight important factors that should inform public policy debates on the consequences and implications of urban expansion in Africa. The finding that urban expansion can improve household welfare suggests that when small rural to...

The Rationale behind India’s Shift to Africa

Africa, as a continent of economic opportunities, is attracting foreign players. In this context, India is emerging as an important partner, especially for Eastern and Southern Africa. The complexity of its geopolitical environment combined with i...

South Sudan Peace Process: The Challenge to the Implementation of the R-ARCSS

The question of whether the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) would be formed on the 12th of November 2019, as the parties have agreed, is most desired and this Policy Brief attempts to answer it. The analysis is bas...

Towards a Fertilizer Policy for Smallholder Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Critical Importance of Taking a Holistic Approach

Subsidizing fertilizer prices has been a popular policy tool to increase fertilizer use, but should it be? The main message of this Policy Brief is that it should not be, despite its appeal to politicians and recipient farmers alike. Instead, poli...

South Sudan's Devastating Floods: Why they Happen and Why they Need a Coherent National Policy

This year’s flood is one of the worst in South Sudan’s history. It has affected about one million people from 142,783 households in 8 of the former 10 states, compared to only 344,618 people in 2013. People lost homes, livelihoods, and shelter and...

The Critical Importance of Land and Water

If the concern is solely to increase fertilizer use by Sub-Saharan Africa’s smallholders, price subsidy for inorganic fertilizer can be effective. The strengths and weaknesses of relying primarily on price subsidies to promote fertilizer use have...

Ghanaians Voice Dissatisfaction with Living Conditions, Government Economic Conditions

Ghana has made giant economic strides over the past decade. In 2011 the country climbed from lower-income to middle-income status, and both per-capita income and gross domestic product roughly doubled between 2008 and 2018. Fueled in part by newly...

Despite Recent Banking Shake-up, Ghanaians Still See Banks as their Safest Options

Ghana’s banking sector is the second-largest in the West African Monetary Zone and recorded a 33.9% increase in total assets between June 2016 (GHS 66.29 billion) and June 2018 (GHS 100.35 billion). But during the past two years, the country’s fin...

How to Play a Role in Zimbabwe

This monograph unpacks components of the set trajectory in each narrative and exposes strengths and weaknesses, which have their own particularities that vary from country to country. For example, in Zimbabwe the illegitimacy narrative, at least a...

Emerging Giant: Potential Pathways for Ethiopia to 2040

This report presents an integrated assessment of Ethiopia’s future prospects using the International Futures modelling platform. The bulk of the report presents the likely development prospects of the country to 2040 along various measures such as...

G20 Compact with Africa: The Case of Ghana

Ghana’s participation in the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) indicates its strong appetite for reforms, seeing as its reform commitments were already reform actions under its International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Credit Facility Programme. Howe...

G20 Compact with Africa: No Reformers, No Compact - The Zimbabwean Case Study

As a reform strategy, the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) framework has the potential to support Zimbabwe’s economic transformation agenda. It is relevant to both the re-engagement agenda and the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) to turn ar...

Etude Exploratoire sur la Prévention et l'Élimination des Violences Basées sur le Genre au Mali: Zone de Bamakok, Mopti et Koulikoro

[Translated English title for this document: Exploratory study on the prevention and elimination of gender based violence in Mali: Bamako, Mopti and Koulikoro.] This exploratory study on prevention and the elimination of gender-based violence in M...

Etude Exploratoire sur la Prévention et L'élimination des Violences Basées sur le Genre au Burkina Faso: Les Regions des Cascades, du Centre Nord, du Nord, du Plateau Central et des Hauts Bassins

[Translated English title: Exploratory Study on the Prevention and Elimination of Gender-Based Violence in Burkina Faso: the Cascades, Center Nord, Nord, Plateau Central and Hauts Bassins Regions] This study concerns five regions, where gender bas...

Etude Exploratoire sur la Prevention et l' Elimination des Violences Basees sur le Genre au Senegal: Regions de Kolda, Kedougou et Tambacounda

[The translated English title of this document: Exploratory study on prevention and the elimination of on gender-based violence in Senegal: Regions of Kolda, Kedougou and Tambacounda]. This investigative study targeted three regions, namely, Tamb...

Building Asia-Africa Cooperation: Analysing the Relevance of the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP)

In 2005 during the 50th Asia-Africa anniversary summit in Indonesia, the Heads of State and Government committed to the establishment of the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP) with the hope of reinvigorating the ‘Spirit of Bandung’ and ...

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