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Needed: A Legal Framework for Strengthening Oversight Role of the Kenyan Parliament

This policy brief is drawn from a research paper on Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature in Africa: A Case of Kenya. Key questions revolved around: the mechanisms used by parliament to get information on the performance of…

Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya

"This paper assesses the legislative, representative, financial control and oversight roles played by parliaments in Africa, with Kenya as the main case study in a context of accountability. The regional focus includes all the countries of East Af…

Improving Institutional Effectiveness to Provide Decent Job Opportunities in Kenya

Since independence, the creation of productive and sustainable employment opportunities has remained a central policy priority of the Kenyan government. Although there has not been a lack of policy initiatives regarding the employment challenge in K…

National and International Actors in the Orchestration of Large-scale Land Deals in Zimbabwe: What's in it for Smallholder Farmers?

"Little research has been done on the possible benefits of large-scale land deals for local communities. This work builds on a recent study that seeks to outline the potential benefits of land deals in terms of infrastructural, human and social dev…

Urban Unemployment in Addis Ababa City and Kerssa and Ego Towns in Munessa, Wereda Arsi Zone of Oromia Region: Determinants, Consequences, and Coping Strategies

Unemployment is one of the serious socio-economic problems across the globe that challenges the efforts being made towards eradicating poverty.Ethiopia has registered real GDP growth of 11.4% between 2004 and 2011(Ministry of Finance and Economic De…

1) Nature and Magnitude of Land Acquisitions in Tanzania: Analyzing Role of Different Actors Key Trends and Drivers in Land Acquisitions and 2) Land Leasing for Large-Scale Agricultural Investment in Tanzania: Processes, Opportunities and Challenges

"In the past decade, Tanzania, in an effort to achieving higher economic growth and poverty reduction, has been leasing large tracts of land to foreign investors for large-scale agricultural investment. The premise behind this trend is that large-sc…

Quest for Sound Funding Policy Reform in Madagascar's Public Higher Education Sector during the Post-Crisis Years

"Five years after the coup which plunged the country into an unprecedented political and economic crisis, Madagascar is at a watershed in its history with the coming into power of a democratically elected president in February 2014. This is also a t…

Implementation of the Cadetship Scheme Policy for Funding Higher Education in Zimbabwe

"In this new millennium, Zimbabwe has come up with a model of funding higher education that is known as the Cadetship Support Scheme (CSS). This policy brief presents the major findings from the study that was conducted by these authors on the sche…

Botswana's Dilemma in Financing Tertiary Education

Botswana like many countries around the world has pinned its hopes on using tertiary education and training as one of the critical vehicles of transforming its economy and society. Accordingly, since independence in 1966, Botswana has invested heav…

Revenue Diversification and Resource Utilisation Options for Ethiopian Universities in the Face of Declining Public Funding

"Public universities in Ethiopia mainly rely on government financing. This dependence on the government means that the funding levels depend on the fluctuations of government resources. Meanwhile, it is untenable to depend on public money to finance…

Funding Higher Education in Ethiopia: Challenges and Prospects

"During the last two decades, there has been a massive expansion of higher education in Ethiopia. This increased the number of universities from two to thirty-one in a period of eleven years (2000–2011), followed by a rapid increase in enrolment, wh…

Political Governance, Conflict Management and Anti-Corruption Policies

"Mauritius is regularly cited as an example of political stability and democracy at both the regional and global level. The Mauritian model has, over the decades, ensured that each component of our complex socio‐cultural fabric is represented at the…

Indigenous Knowledge in Ethnoveterinary Medicine in Southwest Uganda

"In a broad perspective, this study aimed at documenting ethnoveterinary knowledge and practices among the Kazo pastoral community of Uganda. More specifically, it focused on collecting and identifying the medicinal plant voucher specimens used by t…

Dryland Husbandry in Ethiopia Research Report

"This publication contains five papers on DHP Ethiopia (Aba'ala, Afar Regional State) that narrate and discuss traditional crop production, social relations between lowlanders and highlanders, extension activities on the use of water harvesting and …

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 5 No 1

"The principal objective of the scientific conference was to enhance the free exchange of views and ideas among African scholars, researchers, development partners, development practitioners and policymakers by facilitating for open and collaborativ…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 6 No 1

This paper features 4 articles. The first article attempts to assess the universal theme of 'confession' as it appears in two Anglo-Indian novels, namely A.K. Naryan's The Guide and B.Bhattacharya's He Who Rides a Tiger. In the second article the pa…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 7 No 1

In this bulletin the following articles features: 1)A Glimpse at Preparations for Copenhagen and its Accord 2) South-South Co-operation or Sub-Imperialism? South African “Quiet Diplomacy”, SADC Docility, and the Underdevelopment of Zimbabwe. This pa…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 8 No 2

Feature articles in this bulletin are as follows: 1)Municipal Performance Measurement:Lessons from Ontario. Using descriptive and normative perspectives, this study presents a case for municipal performance measurement in Africa. It explores Ontari…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 6 No 2

In this bulletin several consultative meetings, seminars and a regional workshop were discussed, also discussed were the feature articles entitled: 1)Does Urbanization Encourage Co-habitation in Kampala City? The main objective of this paper was to …

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 8 No 1

The bulletin discussed several workshops and training sessions hosted by OSSREA. Four feature articles discussed the following: Evaluation of the Impact of Agricultural Recovery Programmes on Communal Farming Productivity in Mudavanhu Ward 12 of Mas…

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