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Industrial Parks as Engines for Economic Growth in Ethiopia

If run well, with all industrial park shades rented, the funding industrial park development with FDI loans is beneficial to Ethiopia’s economy. To ensure the success of this policy, the government must attract foreign direct investment by devel...

Election Fatigue? Half of Basotho want a Different Way to Choose Leaders

Transparent, free, and fair elections are a cornerstone of a functioning democracy. But can there be too much of a good thing? Lesotho has had three general elections in the past six years (in 2012, 2015, and 2017). Each failed to produce an outri...

Running out of Road: South Africa's Public Finances and What is to be Done - Background Report

The most striking facts about the trajectory of SA’s economy since the global financial crisis are the low rate of economic growth and the vast increase in the pile of public debt. These phenomena are linked in two ways. If economic growth had b...

Running out of Road: South Africa's Public Finances and What is to be Done?

The two most important facts about the South African economy over the past decade are that growth has been exceptionally disappointing and this has been accompanied by a vast build-up of public sector debt. The two trends are linked: slow growth d...

Rethinking Food Security: Agro-Food Systems Change and the Right to Food in Southern Africa

This information resource serves as a practical guide aimed at state officials and policymakers on the right to food and critical perspectives on changing agro-food systems within the context of climate change. It does so by clarifying the entitle...

Advancing the Cause for a Favourable Business Environment through Advocacy

The study surveyed 200 businesses in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western and Eastern regions operating in the agriculture, industry and services sectors on their key constraints and the effect on their confidence and performance. These constrain...

Facing the Challenge of the Islamic State in West Africa Province

The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of Boko Haram, is growing in power and influence. From its territorial base on the banks and islands of Lake Chad, this jihadist group is waging a guerrilla war across north-eastern Nig...

Great Zimbabwe: Alternative Prospects to 2040

This report explores Zimbabwe’s prospects to 2040 under three scenarios. The Current Path presents Zimbabwe’s development trajectory given a continuation of current policies and practices, while two alternative scenarios, Great Zimbabwe and Things...

Fragility of Growth in African Economies

AERC used this conference as the primary dissemination vehicle for the outputs of the growth in fragile and post conflict states in Africa research project. The goal was to support informed policy dialogue, and thus policy making, in relation to f...

A Tale of Two Continents: Comparing Migration Experiences in South Africa and Germany

South Africa and Germany are continents apart and are also very different economically, yet they both dominate their respective regions. As a result, they are attractive destinations for all kinds of migrants, including refugees, asylum seekers an...

Implementing the TFA: Trade Facilitation Activities in Zambia

This paper examines the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in Africa. It gives a macro view of the overall benefits that improved trade facilitation holds for Africa, and highlights some of the benefits that implementing the ...

Politiques Agricoles, Emploi et Revenu des Femmes au Burkina Faso / Agricultural policies, Employment and Income of Women in Burkina Faso

The Burkina Faso economy, based on agriculture, employs about 70% of the active population. It contribution to GDP is estimated on average at 35%. In agricultural sector, 83% of women produce 75% of food production despite their limited access t...

Sustainability Implications of Nigeria's Water Use Patterns

Nigeria has significant renewable water resources; however, the current reality is that most of it is poorly utilized and managed, thus raising important sustainability questions. There are several concerns associated with the water situation in t...

Socio-Economic Considerations for a Paris Agreement - Compatible Coal Transition in South Africa

Coal remains central to the South African energy system, even as alternative technologies have become more competitive, especially for electricity generation. Economics will account for much of the transformation of energy systems globally over th...

La Gouvernance économique: Une Perception Positive des Sénégalais sur L’orientation et L’avenir du Pays / Economic Governance: A Positive Perception of Senegalese on the Direction and Future of the Country

Senegalese perceive the country's economic governance differently, although they are very optimistic about it. There are still inequalities related to the area of ​​residence, says the most recent poll Afrobarometer. According to the survey, despi...

Young and Educated Ugandans are Most Likely to Consider Emigration

Migration has marked Uganda as a country of destination and transit as well as of origin. Responding to political violence, economic problems, and humanitarian crises both within its borders and in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, an...

Traditional Authority and State Legitimacy: Evidence from Namibia

Do African traditional leaders weaken state legitimacy at the local level? Past scholarship raises the possibility that unelected chiefs might undermine trust in national-level institutions. Relying on an original map of areas governed by chiefs...

Regional Aid Profile Central Africa

This profile provides an analysis of the trends in official development assistance (ODA) for the Central African region. It begins by highlighting the amounts of ODA flowing into the central region. The profile also deliberates on disbursements o...

Regional Aid Profile East Africa

This profile gives an analysis of the trends in Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the East Africa region. It assesses disbursements of loans made on concessional terms (net of repayments of principal) and grants by official agencies of th...

Regional Aid Profile North Africa

This profile interrogates the trends in Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the North African region. It considers disbursements of loans made on concessional terms (net of repayments of principal) and grants by official agencies of the mem...

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