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What Explains Uganda's Surge in Laundry Soap and Cooking Oil Prices in 2021/22?

This policy note investigates the recent spike in laundry soap and cooking oil prices in Uganda between June 2021 and March 2022. The upsurge primarily explained the price increase in the price of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) −the key raw material for makin…

Potential Long-term Effects of COVID-19 on Economic and Human Development in Uganda

Using the International Futures model, this note explores the effect of COVID-19 on economic and human development in Uganda in the short and long term. The model examines different scenarios to gauge the damages inflicted on the Ugandan economy. Th…

Climate Change Action: Reducing Food Waste an Underrated Cause of Global Warming

The climate change is a huge challenge facing the human populace now. The extreme temperature, erratic rainfall and other events associated with it is threatening life on earth. It is no doubt that this is as a result of human activities. Food waste…

Heavy Metals Contamination and Environmental Impact

Environmental contamination by heavy metals has significantly become a global issue in the recent years as it affects soil, plants, aquatic life and human health. With the increase in anthropogenic activities such as industrialization and also with …

Impact of Gas Flaring on Global Warming and Agriculture

Gas flaring generate insidious environmental and energy consequences against efforts toward a sustainable development for the world. Heat-trapping gases, such as CO2, NO2 (Nitrogen dioxides) and SO2 (Sulphur dioxide), increase with gas flaring activ…

Forced Migration: A Transitional Justice Issue

Transitional justice provides holistic and inclusive strategies for addressing human rights violations that arise from violent conflicts and authoritarian rule. Forced displacement is a common consequence of such conflicts— and addressing the rights…

A Compendium on the State of Peace, Reconciliation and Healing in Southern Africa

Societies emerging from violent and protracted conflicts and wars often face considerable challenges in rebuilding and entrenching a culture of peace. Similarly, negotiating and building peace in post-conflict societies is often a huge and complex u…

Youth Inclusion in Transitional Policy in Africa: Youth Contribute to Shaping the Way Forward

Including youth in the design and implementation of transitional justice (TJ) is now being recognised as a key priority that has been long neglected. Such inclusion and participation would strengthen the value of transitional justice initiatives for…

The Potential of Accelerated Education Programmes in Solving the Out-of-school Children and Youth Problem in West-Africa

In many countries, myriad policy efforts and initiatives have been launched toward achieving the goal of Education for All. These include: grass-roots lobbying for the importance of schooling, political declarations for universal access to education…

Curtailing State Extremism in Data Governance: African Context

This brief examines the implications of emerging threats to good data governance in Africa, as it relates to restrictive data policies and abuse of state power. Based on our analysis of data regulations/policy documents, studies by industry experts,…

L’Afrique et la COP26: Entre Attentes Déçues et Espoirs Renforcés. Comment Faire du Changement Climatique une Opportunité pour L’innovation, la Transformation et la Croissance ? / Africa and COP26: Between Disappointed Expectations and Increased Hopes.

I think it is fair to say that in recent years the climate issue has been at the top of national, regional and global agendas. The recent COP26, which took place from 31 October to 13 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, in a context still disrupted …

Étude Internationale sur les Dispositifs de Prévention de la Radicalisation et de L’extrémisme Violents dans L’espace Francophone: Cas du Cameroun / International Study on the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in the Francophone Space

Radicalisation and violent extremism leading to terrorism are a cancer that is gaining ground in Cameroonian society. The origins of these evils are multiple. They have their sources in both exogenous and endogenous causes. During the first confront…

Regional Strategy Meeting on Enhancing Traditional Justice in Traditional Justice Process in the ECOWAS Region

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, organised a regional strategic meeting on ‘Enhancing Traditional Justice Mechanisms in Transitional Justi…

Multiple Nodes, Common Causes: National Stocktake of Contemporary Insecurity and State Responses in Nigeria

The Nigerian body politic faces a seeming epidemic of insecurity spanning jihadist insurgency, criminal banditry, farmer-herder conflicts, and violent separatist agitations. While governmental responses have overwhelming followed a militarised path …

Requiem for Democracy? Interrogating Democracy Decline in West Africa

Democracy in West Africa, and Africa in general, has been on a worrying decline in the last five years. The democracy index of the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows that democracy declined globally in 2019. The average score for Africa fell fro…

L’écosystème des Fausses Informations au Benin: Une Vue D’ensemble / Benin’s Fake News Ecosystem: An Overview

The spread of false news or infox, known as ''fake news'' in the Anglo-Saxon world, has taken on a worrying and devastating scale in Benin over the last decade. The surge in the circulation of fake news has coincided with the increase in internet pe…

L’écosystème des Fausses Informations au Burkina Faso: Une Vue D’ensemble / Burkina Faso’s Fake News Ecosystem: An Overview

As is the case in other countries, false information is now an integral part of the information flow ecosystem in Burkina Faso. This false information rubs shoulders with true information in a context marked by the development of digital social netw…

Une Approche Participative peut Améliorer la Mobilisation des Taxes Foncières au Bénin / Improving Property tax mobilization in Benin through a Consultative Approach

The implementation of a property tax mobilisation policy that takes taxpayers' concerns to heart is essential to improve tax compliance in Benin. The tax administration, in collaboration with local authorities, must: inform property owners more abou…

Teaching Soft Skills to Vulnerable Youth can Accelerate Social Inclusion in Côte d’Ivoire

While the Côte d’Ivoire is recovering from the post-electoral crisis of 2010-11 in terms of economic growth, the already high rate of unemployment has increased and poverty rates remain high. Young people (ages 14-35) have the highest unemployment r…

Renforcement des Capacités et Ciblage des Femmes pour Accroître le Rendement de la Production de Soja au Bénin / Capacity Building and Targeting Women to Increase Soybean Production Yields in Benin

Increasing the performance of women soybean farmers requires improving their access to quality production knowledge and resources including Directly targeting women as beneficiaries of capacity-building schemes in soybean farming households; Impleme…

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