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Turning Crisis into Opportunity? Agricultural Exports to China during the Trade War

Early literature on the US–China trade war postulated that the scenario would result in an unprecedented economic opportunity for Africa, as it would force China to further diversify its agricultural import partners. African countries, already econo…

Africa's Diverging Approaches to Youth Inclusion and Participation

Discussions about youth have taken various forms in Africa, as this segment of the population grows exponentially, propelling government responses and policy interventions to meet the needs of young people. A coordinated response requires a shared u…

The AU and the Drive for Mediation Support

In the past 15 years mediation support structures have proliferated throughout the world. While mediation is effective in preventing and peacefully resolving conflicts there has been little focus on building the capacity to develop a unified appro…

Successful Agricultural Transformation: Selected Challenges in the Emerging Global Environment

Low-productivity, subsistence-smallholder agriculture everywhere faces tremendous new challenges, in addition to decades-old constraints. Smallholders are threatened by being bypassed by the rise and dominance of domestic and global value chains (DV…

Inflation, Output and Monetary Policy in South Africa

South Africa adopted inflation targeting as its monetary policy framework in February 2000. The country’s monetary authorities, however, have struggled to keep inflation within the targeted 3%-6% band. A review of the literature reveals that an unde…

Freedom under Siege: The Shrinking Civic Space and Violations of Freedom of Association and Assembly in Sub-Saharan Africa: Strategies for Countering Restrictions

Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded an increasing number of national governments cracking down on civil society organisations addressing human rights and social justice issues over the past two decades. Human rights activists, journalists, social moveme…

FDI Trends in SADC: Implications for Value Chains, Industrialisation and Inclusive Growth

This paper analyses inward foreign direct investment (FDI) trends in SADC countries with the purpose of informing the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap (SISR) and its ongoing implementation. It first examines the SISR and the role of priva…

Peace & Security Council Report Issue 127

On page 2 the article is titled: Mali’s military takeover puts popular protests in the spotlight. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced his resignation on Mali’s national television on Tuesday night, 18 August. Earlier that day he was detained …

The Rebirth: Tunisia’s Potential Development Pathways to 2040

This report analyses Tunisia’s most likely Current Path development trajectory post COVID-19, and the impact of three alternative scenarios. The Growth-led scenario simulates a future where Tunisia pursues economic growth at all costs. The Leapfro…

Les Réfugiés face au Covid-19: La Double Peine / Refugees Facing COVID-19: A Double Burden

The worldwide spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe human impact, mainly in the United States and Europe. For the time being, Africa seems to be less affected, based on the relatively small number of infected people and deaths. Several ex…

Refugees Facing COVID-19: A Double Burden

The worldwide spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe human impact, mainly in the United States and Europe. For the time being, Africa seems to be less affected, based on the relatively small number of infected people and deaths. Several ex…

Determinants of Financial Inclusion for Youth Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Addis Ababa City and Shirka Wereda Ethiopia

This study identified and examined the factors that affected the financial inclusion of young people in selected sites in Ethiopia using local-level data collected with a Community-Based Monitoring System approach. We collected data from 4,928 young…

Defining the Nation: Protest and National Identity in North Africa

This paper takes a comparative look at Sudan, Morocco, and Algeria, at the rise of Nubian and Amazigh rights groups, and their attempts to redefine national identity. We examine: how Nubian rights groups have sparked what is being called a Kushite r…

South Africa's Informal Sector in the Time of COVID-19

In the months to come, further data will emerge on the economic impacts of Covid-19. It is crucial that we gain as clear as possible a picture of how the informal sector has been affected by the pandemic. Policy responses will be required that start…

The Boiling Frustrations in South Sudan

South Sudan’s 2018 peace agreement that ended the deadly 6-year civil war is in jeopardy, both because the parties to it are back to brinkmanship over a number of mildly contentious issues in the agreement and because the implementation process has …

Role of Institutional Quality in Promoting Financial Inclusion

Despite evidence on the importance of financial inclusion, little is known about the role institutions play in fostering inclusion across countries. Using panel data corresponding to 125 countries for the period 2004-2015, this study sought to under…

Sustainable Development Goals, Botswana: A Case Study of Gabane Village in Kweneng District

The main objective of the research paper was to use the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) methodology to determine progress on achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a view of localising SDGs to Gabane village. Generally, th…

Can the NHI Deliver an Improved Healthcare System? The Case for a System-based Approach to Health Care

This paper argues that the NHI, as currently proposed, is a one-dimensional solution to a multifaceted problem. The NHI focuses on minimising the financial burden of health services to the citizenry, and hopes to subsequently eliminate inequality in…

The Concept of a Just Transition is as Relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it is for the Move towards a Low Carbon Economy

Two parallel developments are taking place in Africa that are of key significance to workers. The first one is the concerted effort to move the national economies from depending on fossil-based energy to a clean low-carbon energy. The second is the …

Peacekeeping Missions in the Time of Coronavirus: New Configurations and New Challenges

In discussing the potential role of peacekeeping missions in the context of the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic, two main issues arise. The first is of a legal nature, and the second is linked to the management of expenditures and budgets. Legall…

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