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Reversing Central Mali's Descent into Communal Violence

Since 2016, an unprecedented wave of violence has swept across an area of central Mali to the south and south east of Mopti. The attackers – jihadists, the self-defence groups mobilised against them and others – target civilians in acts of mass kill…

The COVID-19 Pandemic in the IGAD Region: Impact on the Health and Economy - Volume 1

The COVID crisis has cast its dark shadow in the IGAD region at the worst time as it came on top of problems of the weak or fragile states, lack of capacity, widespread poverty and food insecurity, conflicts, and the desert locust invasion. Many of …

Niger Profile on Tobacco Taxation: Adopt a more Effective Taxation and better Inform Tobacco Products Prevalence

Smoking is a pandemic that will cause 10 million deaths in 2030 of which 70% in developing countries if nothing is done. To curb this trend, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was set up in 2005 with a set of monitoring indicators to assess…

Inflation Dynamics and Macroeconomic Stability in Ethiopia: Decomposition Approach

This study was driven by the fact that inflation has become one of the binding constraints for policy makers both in their short- and long-term efforts to advance economic progress. There is a growing need to examine the commodity wise contributions…

Mistreatment of Africans in China during the COVID-19 Outbreak: When Economic Interests Supersede all Others

There was a huge outcry when videos of mistreatment of Africans in the Chinese city of Guangzhou went viral on social media in April 2020. This was after authorities in Guangdong province introduced stringent measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.…

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: A South African Case Study

South Africa has been in a long-run, low-growth trap since the onset of democratic rule in 1994, resulting in persistently high rates of unemployment and relatedly rising income inequality levels. In the absence of manufacturing sector growth, “indu…

Mind the Gap: The Distributional Effects of South Africa's National Lockdown on Gender Wage Inequality

The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe and potentially long-lasting impacts on the South African economy since the onset of the national lockdown in March 2020. These effects have not been equally distributed. Employment effects have been disproportio…

The Effects of COVID-19 Containment Measures on the Welfare of Household Members and their Livelihoods in Delta State, Nigeria

Aside from the health/mortality effects of the pandemic in Nigeria, the seemingly clearer effect is the impact of the social distancing and lockdown measures on the economy. How people make a living and access markets is impacted by covid-19 across …

The Effects of COVID-19 Containment Measures on Local Food Marketing in Delta State, Nigeria

Aside from the health/mortality effects of the pandemic in Nigeria, the seemingly clearer effect is the impact of the social distancing and lockdown measures on the economy. How people make a living and access markets is impacted by covid-19 across …

The Effects of COVID-19 Containment Measures on Local Food Farmers in Delta State

Aside from the health/mortality effects of the pandemic in Nigeria, the seemingly clearer effect is the impact of the social distancing and lockdown measures on the economy. How people make a living and access markets is impacted by covid-19 across …

South African Peacebuilding Needs New Purpose

After a period of waning influence, South Africa is beginning to reclaim its place on the world stage as a responsive and capable player on peace and security on the continent, in the region and internationally. Despite recent efforts, its role as a…

Défis Sécuritaires Dans la Zone Sahelosahélienne: Le Challenge de la Mise en Adéquation et de la Coordination Entre Réponses Internationale et Nationale / Security Challenges in the Sahelosahelian Zone

Sahelian countries are facing political changes that negatively affect the African continent as a whole. This paper, while addressing the issue of armies and their implications in conflict zones, particularly in Mali, a stumbling block in the region…

Digital Labour in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

Increased access and use of the Internet has led to the advancement of online labour, which is driving the gig economy. The ‘platformisation’ of the global economy enables virtual labour mobility—the remote buying and selling of digital labour, whic…

Citizens of Southern African Customs Union hold Mixed Views on Free Trade and Open Borders

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) – the oldest organization of its kind in the world, with roots dating back to 1889 – unites Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa in promoting economic development through regional coordinat…

Promise and Peril: In Changing Media Landscape, Africans are Concerned about Social Media but Opposed to Restricting Access

Africa’s media landscape is changing rapidly. Regular reliance on digital sources for news has nearly doubled in just five years, with more than one-third of respondents across 18 countries surveyed reporting that they turn to the Internet or social…

The Short Run Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Poverty in Ethiopia

A significant fraction of recently surveyed Ethiopian rural and urban households report income losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study estimates how large these income losses are likely to be and the consequent impact on the poverty s…

COVID-19 in Ghana: Consequences for Poverty, and Fiscal Implications

This paper estimates the poverty consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and its fiscal implications in Ghana using a micro-simulation analytical approach applied to household level data collected in 2016/2017 by the Ghana Statistical Service. The res…

Poverty and Distributional Effects of COVID-19 on Household in Kenya

The economic and social costs of COVID-19 pandemic have been felt across the globe. With new infections on the rise, it is a race against time for governments to re-look at some policy interventions necessary to provide appropriate coping and recove…

Poverty Consequences of COVID-19 Epidemic-induced Lockdowns in Senegal: Extent and Implications from a Household Survey

This paper aims to assess the short-run distributional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Senegal by specifically looking at income losses, poverty and inequality impacts, and how the Government would go about offsetting them. Using a detailed house…

Youth Climate Advocacy

Climate change is one of the most significant intergenerational equity challenges of our time. Young people – who currently represent over 50% of the global population – are the generation who will not only be most impacted by climate change, but wh…

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