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Business and Development: Doing Responsible Business in the Southern African Region Final Report

The objective of the dialogue was to deepen the understanding between business and development and engage the stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the media on responsible business practices. It is evident that in sp…

Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa: Tax (In)Justice and Philanthropy

"Sharife argues that not much has changed since the days of the Rosetta Stone, when it relates to ‘governance’ of what the paper terms the ‘needs economy’. This ‘needs economy’ is a product of hyper-competitive economic systems that frame social we…

The Experience and Challenges of Women in the SADC Region: The Case of Trade and Agriculture Sectors

The trade and agricultural sectors play a key role in socio-economic development of the SADC region. Across the world evidence suggests that trade is an engine of growth, but agriculture on the other hand remains central to poverty reduction. Women …

Deepening Engagement in the EU-SADC EPA Roll-out

This Report on Botswana forms part of a major research project whose purpose is to gather detailed information on the SADC – EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from the start of the negotiations, signing of the Agreement, to the present moment.…

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in the Informal Economy: The Case of Malawi

This report presents an analysis of the status of women in the informal economy in Malawi and how they have been affected by the corona virus pandemic. Humanitarian crises are not gender neutral. Disasters affect people differently - women, girls, b…

Experiences of Women in the Informal Economy in Zimbabwe

This research paper explores the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on women in the informal economy in Zimbabwe. The paper begins with an overview of the outbreak of covid-19 and the state of the informal economy in Zimbabwe. It then looks at women pa…

Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women Cross Border Traders in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Eswatini like the rest of the world has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus Eswatini has taken measures such as closing borders to contain the spread of the virus. These border closures and…

Report on the Impact of COVD-19 Pandemic on Women Informal Cross-border Traders in Zambia

In January, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Corona virus (COVID-19), a global public health emergency. In response to the WHO pronouncement, the government of Zambia, governments of Zambia’s neighbouring countries,…

The Role of the Private Sector in the Development Agenda

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap have identified the private sector as one of the key enablers of development, facilitating th…

Africa Continental Free Trade Area: How will it Benefit Cross Border Traders?

This Policy Brief seeks to outline the potential benefits the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) presents to cross border traders (CBT). The paper is informed by analysis of the founding documents of the AfCFTA; published research pape…

Women's Empowerment in Africa: Building Successful Female Entrepreneurs

Women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment continue to be key focus areas of development initiatives and action in Africa. While an increasing number of women occupy leadership positions in political, social and economic sectors, this has not translat…

Pro-Poor Development at Regional Level - Challenges and Options

This workshop identifies obstacles for implementing the Base of the Pyramid and Inclusive business concepts specific for the southern African Region. Companies actively developed a list of the major hindering factors and recommendations for the impl…

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