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Budgeting for NDC Action: Initial lessons from four Climate-Vulnerable Countries

This Working Paper addresses the following question: are climate change-related expenditures starting to appear in national budgets to secure the early implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)? It examines the eviden...

Emerging and Exponential Technologies: New Opportunities for Low-Carbon Development

This paper discusses how new technologies can contribute to achieving climate change goals in developing countries, focusing on how emerging and exponential technologies can support, and potentially accelerate, the implementation of Nationally D...

Generating Sustainable Livelihoods and Leadership for Peace in South Sudan: Lessons from the Ground

In the context of South Sudan, as may be the case with other conflict and fragile communities, the nexus – in terms of causal relationship – between conflict and livelihoods is outstanding. The common denominator of the current conflict in South...

Delivering on Campaign Promises: The First 100 days Report

The 100 days report's cards presents a short term assessment of the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on the delivery of campaign promises made in the run-up to the 2015 general e...

Buharimeter Mid Term Report May 29, 2015 to May 28, 2017

This report provides a systematic assessment of the performance of PMB and APC using 222 campaign promises made during the 2015 general elections as the benchmark. According to the findings of our assessment, the performance of the incumbent admin...

Plurilateral Trade Agreements and the Impact on LDC's - To Participate or not to Participate? Country Case Study: Bangladesh

Given its long association with the multilateral trading system, Bangladesh has adopted a cautious stance towards the concept of plurilateral trade agreements (PTAs). It knows that it would face a number of risks and uncertainties if it were to jo...

Plurilateral Trade Agreements and the Impact on LDCs - To Participate or not to Participate? Country Case Study: Chile

Chile is considered a socio-economic development success story in Latin America. Since transitioning to democracy in 1989, the country has experienced positive growth and attained middle-income country status. Liberal economic programmes coupled w...

Plurilateral Trade Agreements and the Impact on LDC's - to Participate or not to Participate?

Plurilateral trade agreements (PTAs) are voluntary agreements of a sectoral nature that are entered into by more than two WTO member states. The WTO membership is to be notified of PTAs when signatories decide to formally incorporate a PTA into t...

Plurilateral Trade Agreements and the Impact on LDCs - To Participate or not to Participate? Country Case Study: Malawi

This case study analyses Malawi’s position vis-à-vis the current negotiations underpinning the four plurilateral agreements discussed in this report. It explores issues surrounding the negotiations that are pertinent to Malawi and provides recomme...

Lesotho in 2019: Looking Back to Find a Way Forward

Lesotho’s internal strife has long been a headache for SADC. The regional organisation’s most recent engagement, the SADC Preventative Mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho (SAPMIL), is credited with bringing security and relative calm to the mountain...

China's Relations with Africa and the Arab World: Shared Trends, Different Priorities

China–Africa relations do not relate to the African continent only, but also inform Chinese foreign policy conduct in other parts of the developing world. The Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is a plurilateral platform guiding China–Afric...

Impact of Internationalization on Firm Performance in Botswana

Internationalization can affect a firm’s performance. This study determines how a firm’s engagement in international business activities affects its performance in Botswana. The study uses the Ordinary Least Squares method to regress firm perform...

Assessing Public Expenditure Governance of the Primary Health Care Programme in Uganda

The study set out to understand the differences in public expenditure governance practices and perceptions in the delivery of PHC, between the best performing and the poorly performing districts on the MoH district league table of FY 2016/17. Over...

Peace and Security Council Report No.110

The first article in this report is titled: With four new members, is the PSC at a crossroads? On 7 February 2019, at its 34th Ordinary Session, the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) elected four new members to the Peace and Security Co...

On Ownership, Trust and Decentralisation in Responding to Ebola in Sierra Leone

In this interview with Jamie Hitchen, policy researcher at Africa Research Institute, Sisay reflects on Sierra Leone’s handling of the emergency. At the outset, citizens’ lack of trust in the government and poor coordination of international assis...

Ghana Case Study of the $3 Billion China Development Bank Loan

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), with support from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), conducted a case study of a loan negotiated between the Government of Ghana and the People’s Republic of China. This was a $3 bill...

Africa Dialogue: Complexities of Coalition Politics in Southern Africa

When this publication was first conceived, it was meant to provide answers to three different, albeit inter-connected questions. Firstly, the question of what are the political conditions that lead to the formation of coalitions, either at the lev...

Southern African Anchor State: A Renewed Strategic Commitment to South African Conflict Management as a Central function of Smart Power

This paper considers the potential future role of South Africa as an anchor state in Africa, whose legitimacy and credibility – in spite of domestic constraints – is underwritten by a strategic commitment to maintaining regional peace and security...

Democracy in Africa: Demand, Supply and the 'Dissatisfied Democrat'

The increasing threat to democracy from populist movements and authoritarian leaders occupies a prominent place in current political debate. Yet political scientists who study this question reach contrasting conclusions, often because they use dif...

Bounded Autonomy: What Limits Zimbabweans' Trust in their Courts and Electoral Commission?

This policy paper analyzes public trust in the country's courts and electoral commission. Though intended to act as independent custodians of the Constitution and the electoral process, both the judiciary and the electoral commission are frequentl...

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