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Buharimeter: PMB Performance Report

Nigeria's experience of corruption is unarguably troubling and continues to be a blight on the country's record toward economic, social and political progress. Despite natural resource wealth, Nigeria consistently under performs on the Human Deve...

Who is the King Maker in Nigeria: The Voter or the Godfather? Briefing Note On Voter Education and the 2015 Elections in Nigeria

This briefing note discusses the current trends and possible scenarios in the lead up to the 2015 general elections and emphasizes the need for improved voter education. It further highlights challenges voter education faces and offers recommendat...

Zimbabwe's MPs, Local Councillors Get Poor Ratings on Responsiveness and Performance

In a democracy, elected local and parliamentary representatives are critical channels through which citizens’ views and preferences can impact local and national policies. They are also important conduits for disseminating information about govern...

The Petroleum Revenue Sharing Arrangement in South Sudan

South Sudan, a country endowed with petroleum and other natural resources, allocates 2% and 3% of the net petroleum revenues to producing states and communities, respectively. This revenue sharing arrangement is enshrined in the Transitional Con...

Climate Change and Conflicts in South Sudan

South Sudan has experienced decades of protracted conflicts, some of which might have been caused in part or exacerbated by climate change and variability. Climate change causes scarcity of resources and forces communities to raid their neighbor...

Understanding the Exchange Rate Regimes in South Sudan: A Non-technical Review

This paper simplifies and discusses our understanding of the exchange rate policy regime in South Sudan. After independence in 2011, South Sudan fixed the value of its currency, the South Sudan Pound (SSP), to the U.S. dollar. This is a common pra...

National Security versus Basic Liberties: Human Rights Challenges in South Sudan

Although South Sudan publicly commits to a culture of human rights protection, whether through the bill of rights in the national constitution or by creating a cabinet level human rights commission or the establishment of a parliamentary committe...

Addressing Electoral Integrity in Africa: Nigeria Case Study

The 2015 general elections was shrouded in controversy over a power-sharing arrangement between groups bifurcated along ethnic, religious and regional lines. This took diverse dimensions at different levels of government. At national level, divisi...

Survey on Women and Livelihoods in the Niger Delta: An Overview of Women's Economic Activities in Oil Producing Communities in Akwa Bom, Bayelsa and Riverstates

The economic crisis in the Niger Delta has been accentuated by increased exploitation of oil and gas resources occasioned by the search of the Nigerian state for greater revenues and the multinational oil companies‟ quest for higher profits. The c...

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Burkina Faso

Until recently, Burkina Faso was relatively safe from terrorism. This changed in April 2015, when terrorists abducted a Romanian mining company worker in the northern part of the country and killed a security officer. Since then, as in West Afri...

The Legacy of Mauritania’s Colonels: West Africa’s Next Crisis?

Briefly taking stock of the pertinent theoretical literature on democratic transitions, civil military relations, identity conflict, and the merit of focusing on the role of individual leaders, this study comparatively examines and evaluates the...

Koglweogos: The Risk of Community Ownership of Security

In Burkina Faso, community run security forces known as Koglweogo have been working at a local level to prevent and punish crime, from theft to armed attack. However, recent violations of human rights and abuse of the rule of law by members of th...

A Survey of the Capacity Needs of Africa's Regional Economic Communities

The book delves deep into the institutional, human and financial dimensions of the capacity constraints affecting the ability of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to implement NEPAD's Short-Term Action Plan (STAP) projects and other related...

Gender Budgeting as a Tool for Poverty Reduction: Concepts, Practices and Capacity Implications

Gender budgeting is an application of gender mainstreaming in the budgetary process. It subsumes a gender-based assessment of budgets, incorporation of a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process, and restructuring of revenues and ...

The Experience of Medium Term Expenditure Framework & Integrated Financial Management Information System Reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa - What is the Balance sheet?

A Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and an Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) are two of the standard reforms promoted and supported by the World Bank and other aid agencies in almost every country in Sub-Saharan A...

The 5th Africa Think Tank Summit: Tackling Africa's Youth Unemployment Challenge: Innovative Solutions from Think Tanks

The 5th Africa Think Tank Summit opened in Accra, Ghana, on 5 April with a call on African leaders to provide “a visionary and transformative leadership” if African countries want to successfully tackle the youth unemployment issues on the contin...

Effects of Input Subsidies on Subsistence Crop Acreage Diversity in Botswana

This paper examines the patterns and determinants of crop acreage diversity in Botswana’s subsistence economy for the period 1978/79-2013/14. Primarily, the paper is geared at determining whether Botswana’s input subsidy programs (ARAP and ISPAA...

Competitiveness of ACP Sugar Exports in the Global Market

We employ the Normalized Revealed Comparative Advantage (NRCA) index on data for the period 1961-2013 to examine the competitiveness of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in the global sugar market. Results indicate that the majori...

Analysis of Tax Performance in Botswana: Tax Effort Index Approach

This study estimates the impacts of different economic sectors and other determinants on tax revenue in Botswana using Two Stage Least Squares (TSLS) estimation procedure and quarterly data for the period 1994/95 (1)-2013/14 (4). The study further...

Made in Africa: Manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This report investigates Africa’s manufacturing future. It discusses and then models the potential impact of the fourth industrial revolution, with a time horizon to 2040. Africa has a large and fast-growing population. Because of this, the contin...

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