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Economic Insecurity Persists for South Africans

In South Africa, the economic hub of Africa, years of stifled growth have been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic’s extended restriction of economic activity. The economy shrank by 7% in 2020, causing widespread material deprivation, job losses, and …

South Africans see Corruption as Worsening during President Ramaphosa's Tenure

Perceptions of pervasive corruption in South Africa have dominated public discourse for the better part of the past decade. In its many forms, corruption undermines the effectiveness of the state, worsens the quality of public services, and ultimate…

Paying the Price: Financing the Mozambican Insurgency

In northern Mozambique, a group known as Ahlu-Sunna Wa-Jama’a (ASWJ) has spearheaded a debilitating insurgency that has caused mass displacement and loss of life. As the group consolidates its position in Cabo Delgado, questions arise about its posi…

The Effects of Institutional Bottlenecks on Enterprise Development and Competitiveness in Productive Sectors in Tanzania

This policy brief flags areas of crucial policy concerns in the context of the prevailing legal and regulatory framework for enterprise development and competitiveness. It draws on analyses and findings from REPOA's Research Project on Institutional…

Case Studies on AI Skills Capacity Building and AI in Workforce Development in Africa

The project conducted case studies on AI deployment across the African continent, and the associated policy and governance implications. It explored AI in relation to four thematic areas – biometric identity, computer vision and surveillance, skills…

The WTO and Africa: The State of Play and Key Priorities Going Forward

For African states, pursuing an economic development agenda remains at the centre of their trade strategy at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Many of these developmental objectives are embodied in the Doha Round, which began in 2001. With limited…

Stranded Assets: The Nexus Between Extractives, Climate, & the Circular Economy within the African Extractives Sectors

As the world moves towards a low-carbon energy transition, the potential risk of stranded assets within the extractives sectors in Africa is increasingly a reality for many fossil fuel dependent countries. The 2015 Paris Agreement aims to limit glob…

Governance at a Glance: Botswana's APRM Experience

Botswana acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in February 2019, making it the 38th AU Member State to take this step. The APRM, Africa’s peer-to-peer governance assessment and promotion tool, was introduced in 2003 and has been accept…

After Idai: Insights from Mozambique for Climate Resilient Coastal Infrastructure

Between March 2019 and January 2021, Beira, the second largest city in Mozambique, was hit by two severe cyclones and a tropical storm, that resulted in massive infrastructure and crop damage as well as human losses. Cyclone Idai, the first to hit t…

Estimating the Economic impact of Chinese BRI Investment in Africa

China’s investment in African infrastructure as part of its Belt and Road Initiative has proven to be both transformative and controversial. While investment projects are helping Africa to close its infrastructure gap, they have also raised fears of…

Youth Submission to the APRM in South Africa 2020/2021

South Africa’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) civil society working group identified nine governance issues to be included in this submission: The first is youth political participation. Despite having a youth population of over 60%, young Sou…

Between Burden and Benefit: Migrant Remittances, Social Protection and Sustainable Development

In this report, we review the evidence for the linkages between migrant remittances and the social welfare of receiving households, communities and countries, as well as remitters themselves. In LMICs, where public forms of social welfare measures h…

Report on the Impact of COVD-19 Pandemic on Women Informal Cross-border Traders in Zambia

In January, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Corona virus (COVID-19), a global public health emergency. In response to the WHO pronouncement, the government of Zambia, governments of Zambia’s neighbouring countries,…

Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women Cross Border Traders in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Eswatini like the rest of the world has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus Eswatini has taken measures such as closing borders to contain the spread of the virus. These border closures and…

Ensuring Water Infrastructure Meets the Needs of All

While the challenges facing women across Southern Africa are diverse and stem from broader social structures, institutional issues and cultural nuances, there are common themes. For instance, there is often a disconnect between women and girls being…

What is Meant by Transforming Evaluations for Africa?

In light of the recent global ‘Black lives Matter’ protests, we are increasing seeing a movement for the complete overhaul of racist systems that reinforce and recreate the types actions that result in global inequalities and discrimination based on…

Realizing the Blue Economy in Zanzibar: Potentials, Opportunities, and Challenges

This paper reviews the concept of blue economy, how it relates to Zanzibar and how to take advantage of the development opportunities it provides. In particular, the paper identifies the strengths of the blue economy and the opportunities available,…

Tax Disobedience in Cote D'Ivoire: What Role do Poverty, National Identity, and Access to Tax Information Play?

This paper focuses on a particular form of tax non-compliance: tax disobedience, or individuals’ refusal to pay taxes and fees as a form of protest. Specifically, it examines several individual-level factors that might be associated with tax disobed…

Zimbabweans Endorse Government's COVID-19 Response but Voice Concerns about Corruption and Lack of Assistance

Zimbabwe has not been spared the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 16 June 2021, the country had recorded 40,077 confirmed cases and 1,635 deaths of COVID-19. Lockdowns have threatened many households with destitution and hunger. The governmen…

Tunisie: La Démocratie à L’épreuve de la Transition Économique / Tunisia: A Democracy Tested by Economic Transition

Tunisia recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the revolution that put an end to the old Beninese regime and defined the principles of the Second Republic. With economic growth and social justice as its main grievances, the Tunisian revolution…

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