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Coping with the Dual Effects of a Recession and a Pandemic: Safeguarding Lives and Livelihoods

This Social Sector budget brief explores the extent to which the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) will support Social Sector needs in the country in 2021. The brief analyses the size and composition of budget allocations to the social sect…

Weather Shocks and Child Nutrition: Evidence from Tanzania

In this paper, we examine the relationship between childhood exposure to adverse weather shocks and nutritional and health outcomes of children in Tanzania. Using household panel data matched with spatially disaggregated data on weather shocks, we e…

Enhancing Accountability and Transparency in Ghana’s Defence Sector

Defence and security sectors of both old and new democracies tend to have high risk of corruption due to excessive secrecy associated with their mode of operations. These challenges have wider implications and weakens the institutional capacity of t…

Cyber Security in Ghana: Evaluating Readiness for the Future

This policy briefs seeks to analyze the nature of cyber security threats in Ghana and evaluate the progress that the government has made in readying itself for future challenges. The report will explore recent legislative efforts in Ghana, across We…

Beyond Enlightened Legislation: The Political Economy of SALW Manufacture in Ghana

In Ghana, small arms and light weapons (SALW) manufactured illegally constitute a source of proliferation which pose a threat to peace and security. This brief posits that the inherent ambiguities in the legislation regulating the manufacture of SAL…

Beauty and the Thief: Why the Gulf of Guinea Attracts Maritime Insecurity

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has risen considerably over the last few years. This policy brief aims to explain why this region has become attractive to pirates and what lessons can be learnt from another Gulf that used to be a pirate’s haven.

Addressing the Causes and Consequences of the Farmer-Herder Conflict in Ghana

For several years, tensions have existed between local farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Ghana. However, various factors have recently, contributed to the tensions taking on a violent nature and becoming one of Ghana’s foremost security threats. Based …

Addressing Small Arms and Light Weapon Issues in the Sahel Region: Utilizing Local Capacities

This policy brief highlights the detrimental effects of the proliferation and smuggling of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Sahel Region, where it is difficult for the governments alone to bring it under full control. It focuses particularly on t…

Is the Blue Justice Concept a Human Rights Agenda?

Blue justice is contesting that the oceans, coasts, lakes and protected spaces is about creating an enabling environment for small-scale fisheries to engage meaningfully and to challenge their exclusion and marginalisation which is brought about by …

Collapse, Conflict or Social Cohesion? Learning from Livestock Dipping Associations in Kwazulu-Natal

This working paper is about the revival of communal cattle dipping in post-apartheid KwaZulu-Natal, which has improved animal healthcare and strengthened the livelihoods of the black rural households that keep cattle in the province. Given that the …

Employment-intensive Land Reform in South Africa: Presenting Key Policy Recommendations from a CBPEP Research Study

The Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP) is an EU-funded initiative aimed at assisting the Government of South Africa to attain its goal of reducing unemployment, by building state and institutional capacity. The CBPEP seeks …

Reforms under the R-ARCSS could become Mere Transitions without Democratic Change

This policy brief rings alarm bells for the parties to the R-ARCSS, its guarantors, and civil society actors that unless certain actions are urgently taken, reforms under the revitalized peace agreement may fail to yield positive change in facilitat…

Economic Policy during the COVID-19 Pandemic in South Sudan

South Sudan is experiencing a distressing economic period. Government revenue has shrunk to historic lows and debt, both domestic and external, is mounting, marked by unsettled salary arrears and outstanding loans. A combination of the COVID-19 pand…

Inequality of Opportunities in Education in Eswatini

This study quantifies inequality of opportunity in education in Eswatini using Multiple Indicator Cluster and Demographic and Housing Surveys. Using the “ex-ante” approach, the study identifies potential sources of inequality at all levels of the ge…

The Economic Benefits of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Kingdom of Swaziland: A Case of the National Handicraft Training Centre (NHTC)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Swaziland is key for employment and self-employment opportunities which result in economic growth. TVET has proven to be an educational pathway that can be used to significantly reduce the un…

Agricultural Investments, Labor Productivity, and Rural Poverty Reduction: Gender Disparities in Togo

Despite the crucial role of agriculture in economic development, the impact of investments in this sector remains little known, and information that could inform policy and encourage further investments for rural poverty reduction is scarce. We asse…

Analysis of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Indicators and Poverty Profile of Danyi and Tsévié Townships, Togo

This study is part of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Project in Togo which generally aims to establish a local monitoring system to generate poverty profiles, particularly in the rural areas. It provides an analysis of the socioeconomi…

Elder, you're Right! Age-Group Differences in Social and Political Interactions in Africa

Differences in age play an important role in social interaction across the African continent. However, the social effects of these differences remain understudied. Using Afrobarometer data, we investigate how age differences between interviewers and…

The Circular Economy: Including Africa in Europe's Circle

The circular economy approach to sustainable economic development has in recent years gained traction and is now included in the European Union’s Green Deal committing the EU to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. African countries practice aspects of …

Assessing User Satisfaction with the Quality of Healthcare Services in Cameroon

This study aims to evaluate user satisfaction with, and perceptions about the quality of the healthcare services provided in health facilities in Cameroon. The analyses make use of the 2010 Quantitative Service Delivery Survey (QSDS), jointly carrie…

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