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Nigeria Economic Update Weekly Digest Issue 50

The first article is titled: Rise in Human Development Index. The recent report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows that Nigeria’s Human Development Index (HDI) rose marginally from 0.532 in 2017 to 0.534 in 2018. The HDI is...

Manufacturing Employment, International Trade, and China

The objective of this paper is to better understand the evolution of manufacturing employment across the world. Manufacturing value added has grown rapidly since 2000, at least matching world GDP growth, even after the global financial crisis, ref...

Oslo Forum 2019: Rebooting Mediation: Connecting Tracks, Processes and People

The seventeenth Oslo Forum brought together about 120 of the world’s leading peacemakers, decision-makers, conflict actors and academics, gathering people of 48 nationalities. This year’s overarching theme was Rebooting mediation: connecting track...

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent 2020 to 2030

In Chapter 1, our experts discuss how the next 10 years of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will shape policy priorities for African governments and their partners. Progress has been uneven both across countries and across goals, often hin...

Cryptocurrencies in Kenya

There exist numerous discussions as pertains to the usage, uptake, and the regulatory framework in place to govern crypto currencies in Kenya. Firstly, the basic information as to what crypto currencies are is an issue that needs more public educa...

Peace and Security Council Report Issue 120

The first article is titled: Election of new members: is the PSC at a crossroads? The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) will elect 10 new members for a two-year term in February 2020. This could reconfigure the PSC in a way tha...

The Risk of Jihadist Contagion in West Africa

In 2020, for the first time in its post-independence history, West Africa could face a major crisis coupling political disturbances in the south with insecurity in the north. The combination of these two flashpoints could be catastrophic for the r...

Keeping Ethiopia’s Transition on the Rails

Ethiopia has long been an anchor state in the restive Horn of Africa. Its threeyear uprising arguably served as a model for later protests in the neighbourhood. Many are watching its delicate transition to a potentially more open era with consider...

Managing Trafficking in Northern Niger

This report examines the risks in this approach but also the dangers in adopting the harder line that some Western governments are pushing for. It focuses on the most lucrative illicit businesses, in migrants, gold and illegal drugs. Research was ...

Humanitarian Assistance as Peace-Keeping - Beyond Charity -

Due to the prevailing nationalism, the prospect of increase in voluntary donation for humanitarian assistance by States and citizens in charity is depressing, though humanitarian crises are increasing and becoming complicated. Thus, MINUSMA, MINUS...

Introducing Electric Vehicles to Southern Africa: A Systemic Innovation Approach Towards a Green New Deal

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are not typically seen as catalysts that may enable the large-scale transformation of national and regional economic and development trajectories. But the climate emergency, the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s disruptive imp...

Prospects for the G5 Sahel Countries to 2040

The G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – are confronted with multiple challenges. This report uses the International Futures forecasting system to analyse the likely development trajectory of these five countries t...

Sustaining Peace: Harnessing the Power of South Sudanese Women

South Sudanese women have always participated in peace processes but usually not at the front lines of negotiations. Despite considerable challenges, their bottom-up approach and collective action at grassroots level have led to greater representa...

Overlapping Claims by Somaliland and Puntland: The Case of Sool and Sanaag

Over the past two years, tensions over competing claims to the Sool and Sanaag regions by the self-declared entity of Somaliland and the autonomous Puntland State of Somalia have escalated. Local, regional and national contestations, combined with...

What is Driving Ethiopia’s Ethnic Conflicts?

The rise in violent ethnic conflict in Ethiopia in recent years can largely be linked to the sharp increase in militant ethnic nationalism against a backdrop of state and party fragility. Decades of exclusivist political arrangements have contrib...

A New Approach for the UN to Stabilise the DR Congo

The Security Council is seeking new ways to stabilise the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with an eye to drawing down the long-running UN peace operation there. In parallel, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi wants to strike a new security a...

The ZIPAR Quarterly: Issue 10

This Issue covers articles based on our Analysis of the 2020 National Budget Speech and other research outputs published and disseminated recently. It also brings to you some news on other happenings in the organization in the last few months. Our...

Opportunities and Challenges in the DRC

Almost a year after his inauguration, the question of whether or not President Felix Tshisekedi can effectively lead the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and make any fundamental changes to how the country is governed is more pertinent than ever...

Regional and Continental Responses to the DRC Election Crisis

The recent Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) elections are a useful measure of the willingness of continental and regional bodies to address contested election outcomes in Africa. They also show the extent to which international players are w...

Leading through Consensus: South Africa Chairs the AU

South Africa will chair the African Union (AU) in 2020 while also serving as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. This will be an opportunity for South Africa to improve AU-UN relations and drive its priorities for the ...

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