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Upscaling Climate-Smart Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Climate change is threatening food systems and agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. Smallholder farmers are struggling to adapt to extreme weather events associated with climate variability and need substantial support to feed rapidly growing popula...

Charting a Way for South African Mining to Benefit Communities

Mining, though contributing a declining share to the South African economy, is still a significant employer and earner of foreign exchange revenue. It has a troubled past and, for good reason, was one of the first targets of Black Economic Empower...

Tanzania's Transport Hub: What Prospects for Regional Trade and Local Economic Development?

This paper analyses investment in transport infrastructure in Tanzania, in terms of its ability to foster regional economic integration and drive sustainable economic growth that spills over into local communities. It first examines the relevant l...

Will Tanzania's Natural Gas Endowment Generate Sustainable Development?

Tanzania first discovered natural gas in commercially viable quantities in 2010. In March 2016, another major gas discovery of 2.7 trillion cubic feet (TCF), estimated at a value of some $8 billion was made in the Ruvu Basin Coast Region. This bri...

Exploring Tanzania's Investment Competitiveness in East Africa

Since Tanzania’s transition from a purely socialist approach to governance, the country has made some strides in attracting foreign investment. Given its negligible domestic saving culture, the answer to capital formation, job creation and general...

South African Trade Policy and the Future Global Trading Environment

"This paper puts forward a strategic view of what South African trade policy should be doing in relation to the future global trading environment. The future is uncertain, but if the past is prologue, South African trade policy needs to be positi...

The BRICS in the Emerging Global Economic Architecture

"The paper argues that South Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS will strengthen the organisation, since it is a natural ally of the three developing country members of the grouping. This argument is justified on the basis of the engagement that South...

G-20 Development Agenda and African Priorities: An Update

"The G-20 has come to be seen as one of the world’s most important gatherings for the discussion of a range of issues broadly related to global economic governance. While the G-20 is significantly more representative of developing countries’ inter...

Learning by Doing: China-Africa Co-operation and State Learning

"The view that ‘Africa should learn from China’s development’ has been expressed throughout Africa, from the chairperson of the AU through senior government officials to analysts, scholars and ordinary citizens. China’s 40-fold increase in GDP a...

China’s Role in Infrastructure Development in Botswana

"Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is often characterised as a major success story on the continent. Consistent economic growth, effective democratic institutions and strong forward planning contribute to the country’s overall rep...

Chinese Development Co-operation in Africa: The Case of Tembisa's Friendship Town

"Chinese development co-operation in Africa has invoked both admiration and criticism, much of it based on limited empirical or anecdotal evidence, contributing to conflicting perceptions as to its purpose, means and outcomes. Unpacking the polic...

Managing Resources and the Democratic Order: The Experience of Botswana

"Africa is a potentially rich continent that remains one of the poorest in the world. For most African countries, an abundance of resources has not only contributed to underdevelopment but has undermined democracy. Public office is a major source ...

The Oil Factor in Sino–Angolan Relations at the Start of the 21st Century

"Even though trade figures are the most impressive feature of Sino–Angolan bilateral relations after 2002, the main reason why China’s engagement in Angola has been attracting so much attention from scholars, the media and politicians is the fact ...

The globalisation of the South African political economy

"This research attempts to compare globalisation and regional integration as paths to economic development, using South Africa as a case study. Applying the following conceptual definitions of the two units of analysis, this study will focus ma...

Malawi: The erratic pulse of the warm heart of Africa

"Malawi after President Banda's rule is challenged with democratic reform, economic development and growth. This report discusses the numerous problems in the transition of a country that is landlocked, in debt and highly illiterate with low level...

Sudan: Complexity, conflict and co-operation

"Sudan has been the site of ongoing civil war since the mid 1980s with devestating effects to its population, diplomatic relations and economic growth. This report examines the prospects for South African involvement in Sudan in light of ongoing e...

Political Economy Models of the Resource Curse: Implications for Policy and Research

"A number of studies suggest that natural resources can have a negative impact on countries’development prospects. This paper reviews political economy models of the resource curse and examines the implications of these models in terms of policy a...

Building on Progress? Chinese Engagement in Ethiopia1

"A majority of the growing literature on Sino–African relations focus on China’s relations with resource-rich/economically robust countries or unsavoury regimes. Limited attention has been paid to the rest of Africa’s states, but it is in these ‘l...

East Africa's hub: The experience of doing business in Kenya

"The overall objective of the study was to locate some of the challenges and opportunities related to doing business in Kenya for South African companies, to identify some of the mistakes made and to convey the key lessons these firms have learn...

Timbuktu's golden legacy: The experience of South African Firms doing business in Mali

"This report is based on a series of interviews that were conducted in Mali in May 2005 with resident South African companies to research their experience of the Malian business environment. The study found that South African companies are mainly...

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