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Despite Reduction in Mobile Data Tariffs, Data Still Expensive in South Africa

This policy brief presents the data tariffs which have been reduced by MTN and Vodacom in South Africa from R149 per one GB to R99 per GB with effect from 1 April 2020. The two companies reduced data prices in response to the Competition Commission’…

A Pathway to Adoption of Yield-enhancing Agricultural Technologies among the Rural Poor: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Benin

We tested a novel way of encouraging the adoption of improved maize seeds in Benin. In the treatment group, farmers were provided with intensive agricultural-extension support and a full package of inputs to test on one of their plots. In the contr…

Can a Wage Subsidy be Used to Improve Women's Formal Employment in Zambia?

The number of women employed in the Zambian formal sector is small, which has likely played a role in the low level of women’s empowerment in the country. As a result, the government of Zambia is willing to adopt policies that can positively contrib…

Launch of the Local Government Councils Scorecard Report FY 2018/9

The Local Government Councils Scorecard Initiative (LGCSCI) is a social accountability initiative that seeks to deepen local governance by strengthening political accountability of elected local leaders and citizens’ demand for excellence in the pro…

Farm Production Diversity: Is it Important for Food Security, Dietary Diversity and Nutrition? Panel Data Evidence from Ugandafrom

Improved food security (quantities of food available to households for consumption) and nutrition security (quality of food available to households) remain global problems. Yet, food and nutrition security are areas of strategic importance with rega…

Household Economic Well-being and Child Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Health is both a direct component of human well-being and a form of human capital that increases an individual’s capabilities and opportunities to generate income and reduces vulnerability. It is argued that these two views are complementary, and bo…

Cushioning Local Governments from the Impact of COVID-19

Urbanization is a global trend and has largely been a positive force for economic growth, poverty reduction and human development. Urbanization is understood as a population shift from rural to urban areas, it is the gradual increase in the propor…

Bridging the Divide in Ethiopia’s North

Tigray and Amhara, Ethiopia’s two powerful northern regions, are locked in a dangerous standoff. The tensions over Amhara claims to land administered by Tigray sparked proxy violence in 2018 and could do so again given the lack of appetite for compr…

Financing the Revival of Sudan’s Troubled Transition

Mounting economic turbulence is rocking Sudan’s delicate political transition. Citizens yearning for an upturn in living conditions, following the popular revolt and military coup that toppled Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, may find their frustration…

Un Indice de Compétitivité Structurelle des Pays en Développement / A Structural Competitiveness Index for Developing Countries

The purpose of this paper is to provide an index that synthesizes and tracks the level of structural competitiveness and attractiveness of developing countries towards achieving economic emergence. From this perspective, the economic emergence of a …

The Global Challenges of Illicit Financial Flows

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) have become a serious threat to the attainment of global development goals. On February 28th, 2020, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, and the President of ECOSOC, Mona Juul, …

Coronavirus and Temperature

The COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus, is the most serious health crisis since the Spanish flu of 1918, which is estimated to have killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide. By the latest count (March 29), the dise…

The Trade in Tools of Torture: A South African Case Study

This report discusses the South African trade in law enforcement equipment that may be used for torture and ill treatment. Currently, there are no controls on this trade into, or from, South Africa. Various policy and legislative changes should be m…

Africa First! Igniting a Growth Revolution

Africa has extraordinary potential for economic growth and development. But its many plans and noble aims rarely translate into reality. This policy brief summarises Jakkie Cilliers’ new book Africa First! which examines the continent’s current de…

Regard sur la Coopération entre le Cameroun et les Institutions Financières Africaines / A Review on Cooperation between Cameroon and African Financial Institutions

Cameroon is one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa which is the least dependent on external aid and the intervention strategies of the development partners here in Cameroon are generally aligned with the Government's national priorities as set o…

Advancing the Social Compact 2020 and Sustainability Workshop

Natural Resources is one of GGA’s five programmes and is centred on effective and sustainable management of Africa’s resources. This programme looks at measures to manage and sustain natural resources, reporting on progress, shortcomings and offerin…

Africa's Integration: Not an Option, but an Imperative

Implementation of AfCFTA brings with it prospects of freer trade within the continent, and the development of Africa’s internal markets. AfCFTA has the potential to generate jobs, lift wages, spur innovation, increase competition, create wealth, gen…

The Likely Impact of COVID-19 on the Extractive Industries and its Governance Implications

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Global policy responses have shut down economic activity in attempts to flatten the curve – to prevent a stiletto-type impact …

Mainstreaming Youth into AU’s Peace and Security Agenda

The African Union, keen to mainstream the continent’s youth into the peace and security arena, inaugurated its Youth for Peace Africa Program in September 2018. This policy brief interrogates some of the consequent developments in Africa’s youth, pe…

Gandhi now, COVID-19 and the Need for Solidarity Economics: Blessed are the Peacemakers and Sustainers of Life

The COVID-19 global pandemic has made a few things clear. The first is precisely how interdependent we are on each other. What should have remained obvious as a self-evident fact has, sadly, become obscured by the predominant socio-economic, politic…

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