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Economic Growth in the Horn of Africa: Identifying Principal Drivers and Determinants

"The Horn of Africa countries had poor economic growth for many decades before the 2000’s. Various studies were conducted to uncover the factors responsible for the poor economic performance and divergence from the developing regions. Opinions var...

Composition of Growth and Alleviation of Income Poverty and Child Undernutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa

"This paper analyzes how the size and composition of growth are correlated with poverty reduction. Unlike most studies that focus only on income poverty, this study uses both income/consumption poverty and child undernutrition in the analysis, and...

Regional Integration and Trade in Africa: Augmented Gravity Model Approach

"Despite the existence of many regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa, intra-regional trade remains staggeringly low compared to other trading blocs in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Hence this study tries to uncover the main factors behi...

Small and Medium Enterprise Access to Finance in Ethiopia: Synthesis of Demand and Supply

"In this paper, we analyze the financing gap of SMEs in Ethiopia and recommend ways of addressing the financing gap. Specifically, the study addresses a) the financing needs and financing options of SMEs in Ethiopia, b) Key constraints of SMEs acc...

Exploring Economic Growth Potential through Infrastructure Collaboration: The Case of Kenya and Sudan

"The paper is organized as follows. After the introductory note, section two will briefly outline some salient features of the Kenyan and Sudanese economies, particularly their energy structure. The third section will briefly review the literature...

Fiscal Federalism and Decentralization in Selected IGAD Member Countries

Fiscal federalism - the fiscal implications of a decentralized system of multi-level government – is an important component of governance in a federal or a decentralized system. Among the aspects of fiscal federalism to be assessed are the constit...

Enhancing the Development of the Private Sector For Inclusive Growth and Job Creation in the IGAD

The IGAD region has tremendous untapped potential, including abundant agricultural and livestock resources, considerable mineral, hydrocarbon and water resources, unique tourism assets, and a long coastline lying along the busiest shipping lanes...

Macroeconomic Performance of IGAD and the Implications of China's Economic Slowdown

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as one of the relatively newly constituted regional block is composed of diverse countries with varied economic structures and agro-ecological zones. Member states (that includes Djibouti, E...

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