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The Social Dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development

"The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) was established in 2001 as the socioeconomic programme for Africa to address the challenges of continued marginalisation of Africa in the global political economy. Its primary objectives are th...

The Impact of Obama’s Election on Democracy and Governance Discourse in Africa

"This paper argues that the financial crises in the United States and globally have opened up the possibility for thinking quite differently about the role of the state in governance, the role of the state in development, and the interface between...

The Aftermath of the BRICS Fifth Summit: The Contradictions of International Political Economy

"This brief seeks to analyse whether the new global actor consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), as an emerging political and institutional force of the South, can contend economically with the hegemony of the West. C...

Managing Vulnerability to Climate Extremes in Africa : Some Policy Insights into Frequent Flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

"The general trend of disasters in coastal cities has been towards an ever-increasing frequency of floods, which have claimed not only human lives, but also property and infrastructure. The city of Dar es Salaam has not been spared from these cata...

Beyond the Millennium Development Goals : What Can Africa Expect?

"The overview of the impacts and achievements of the MDGs gives a mixed picture. Some countries and regions have done better than others, with some goals achieved, others partially achieved and others not achieved at all, and in view of the curren...

Business Social Responsibility and the Development Process in Africa

"This paper draws attention to the problems of inequality through a discussion of the impact of urban-based formal businesses on rural and informal sector development processes in a South African city. One of the important challenges of modern bu...

China’s Path to Sustainable Economic Development Through Democracy and Peaceful Coexistence: Any Lessons for Africa?

"This paper is based on a trip made to China by African delegates from nine African countries, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria), the African Union(AU) and inter-region economic network institutions. T...

Rio +20 : Proposals for the African Sustainable Development Agenda

"This policy brief aims at identifying the potential African positions during the Rio+20 negotiations. It provides an overview of the existing international commitments reached during the different sustainable development summits and events. ...

The Political, Economic and Social Dynamics of Nigeria: A Synopsis

"The political economy of a country is pivotal to its economic dynamics as well as its social system. While politics and the process of politicking do not necessarily give rise to the social structure of a people, the institutional framework, proc...

Resisting Development in Kenya’s Lamu District: A Postcolonial Reading

"The Kenyan government’s plan to build a seaport in Lamu District has been met with vehement resistance by the indigenous residents of the District. Residents have raised concerns that the government has wilfully failed to include them in any part...

The Developmental State Instrumentalities and Their Relevance to the Discourse on Socio-Economic Challenges in Africa

"As far as the relative autonomy and power of the African post-colonial state to decide the whys and wherefores of economic development is concerned, what colonialism or neocolonialism started, contemporary globalisation has seemingly finished off...

Capacity Building and Training for Peace Operations and Conflict Resolution in East Africa

"In East Africa there are five important regional actors involved in peace and conflict management: the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Community (EAC), The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Afric...

Fast Tracking East African Political Federation: A View from Uganda

"The decision by the summit in 2004 to institute studies on fast tracking East African Political Federation (EAPF) has rekindled debate on the project integration in the region, an issue which has eluded the people of East Africa since the 1960s. ...

The Future of Emerging Economies' Energy Mix : Lessons from Mauritius

"One of the least understood but potentially important trends in the energy field is the way in which the development priorities of small developing islands and emerging economies are shaping energy markets. Given that climate change is likely to ...

Nigeria’s Economic Boom: A Positive Outcome for Intra-Africa Trade

"The bilateral diplomatic relations between South Africa and Nigeria have for years been characterised in tandem by business co-operation and competition for continental dominance. South Africa has been the leading economy on the continent, follow...

Will China's Reforms Impact FOCAC?

The year of 2014 is viewed as China’s year of reforms in many respects. During the year 2015, the country’s top leaders stressed their determination to remodel China’s development from a development model that values quantity and speed to one that...

Can South Africa’s Sugar Industry Contribute to Clean Energy Supply? Lessons from Best Practices in Cogeneration

South Africa’s public electricity utility, Eskom, grapples continuously with the challenge of meeting the rapidly growing demand of electricity. Repeated bouts of load shedding have been a clear testimony to this challenge. There is a desperate n...

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