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Employment Creation Potential for Youth of Growth Sectors in the Kenyan Economy

Despite Kenya’s strong economic growth, expansion of employment in the formal sector has been slow over the last two decades. There has been limited structural change in the composition of recorded employment and the share of the informal sector rem…

Formalization of Enterprises in Senegal, Benin and Burkina Faso: Segmentation Approach to Informal Entrepreneurs - Research Paper

This paper aims to identify the determinants of business formalization in West Africa, specifically in Senegal, Benin and Burkina Faso. The methodology used is based on a theoretical model on formality and a Logit model. We adopted the segmentation …

Understanding the Fiscal Deficit and Economic Performance in Zimbabwe

The Government of Zimbabwe's desire to meet the country's development expenditure needs, following the attainment of independence in 1980, resulted in high fiscal expenditures which were not supported by adequate fiscal revenue inflows and this resu…

Supporting Jobs for Young Women and Men in Africa: A Framework for Country-level Analysis

Generating jobs for a growing population is a critical challenge that Africa faces. An additional 20 million young people will enter the working age population each year over the next decade. Africa has managed to generate economic growth since the …

Structural Change, Productivity, and Jobs Creation: Evidence from Tunisia

Although Tunisia has developed its higher education to move up the value chain, its economy has not been able to grow beyond low-skilled and low-wage activities. As a result, the newly unemployed have been mainly young and well-educated people, refl…

Economic Costs of Civil Conflicts: The Case of Burundi

This study examines the effects of episodes of civil conflicts in Burundi on its economic performance. The study applies the regression method using Extreme Bound Analysis, and the Synthetic Control method. Our main results indicate that: (i) from 1…

Data Governance and Public Trust: Exploring the Sources of Low Trust Levels in Public Data Controllers in Ghana

In the past decade, digitisation and the adoption of digital technology requiring data systems has become widely spread in Africa. With this comes the complexities of how data is collected, processed, shared, and utilised, including issues of data p…

COVID-19 and Data Rights in Uganda

The fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Uganda dealt a blow to the enjoyment of digital rights. From the on-set of COVID-19 responses, there was a significant increase in the collection and processing of personal data as the governm…

Privacy Imperilled: Analysis of Surveillance, Encryption and Data Localisation Laws in Africa

The right to privacy has come under increased attack in many African countries, with the proliferation of digital technologies being matched by state measures that negate this right. In the past few years, many countries across the continent have en…

Survey on Internet Freedom and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Africa

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all United Nations (UN) Member States. The UPR is a state-driven process under the auspices of the Human Rights Council (HRC), which provi…

Transitional Justice: Testing the Waters in the Lake Chad Basin

Transitional justice is a tried and tested approach in post-conflict peacebuilding. It presents challenges and opportunities in regions plagued by violent extremism, such as the Lake Chad Basin. The duration and scale of abuses call for an explorati…

The Tragedy of the Unregulated: Why the Government should Reform the Charcoal Sector

Charcoal is increasingly becoming a primary energy choice, accounting for 96% of cooking fuel for the growing urban population of South Sudan. Yet not much is known about the level of government regulation to make the woodfuel, especially the charco…

Basotho Embrace COVID-19 Vaccination but find Government Assistance Lacking

On 13 May 2020, Lesotho became the last country in Africa to report its first case of COVID-19 – weeks after declaring a state of national emergency, closing its borders with South Africa and its schools, and going into the first of several lockdown…

Namibians Approve of Government’s COVID-19 Response, but Many Doubt Vaccine Safety

Namibia reported its first case of COVID-19 on 13 March 2020. Four days later, the government declared a state of emergency that would eventually encompass a ban on international travel and mass gatherings, social distancing, and phased lockdowns (W…

Honey Bee Network in Africa: Co-creating a Grassroots Innovation Ecosystem in Africa

This paper presents a case study of the Honey Bee Network’s decentralized model for collecting, verifying and disseminating grassroots innovations and provides a roadmap for its replication in Africa. The Honey Bee Network brings together government…

Ferry Transportation in Abidjan: Establishment, Operation and Sustainability of a Paratransit System

Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d´Ivoire, is built around the Ebrié Lagoon on the Atlantic Ocean. Boats and ferries have always been part of the urban transport system. Ferries (pinasses) are essential to enable particularly the poor to mainta…

Labor-intensive Public Works Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Experiences and Implications for Employment Policies

Public works programs (PWPs) in sub-Saharan African countries have re-emerged as an important policy to stimulate employment generation in addition to their protective role such as consumption smoothening. The paper reviews evidence on the extent to…

Household Income Implications of Improved Fertilizer Accessibility and Lower Use Inefficiency: Long-term Scenarios for Ethiopia

High population growth rates in Ethiopia are likely to aggravate farmland scarcity, as the agrarian share of the population stays persistently high, but also create increasing demand for food and non-food biomass. Based on this expectation, this stu…

The Forgotten Agriculture-nutrition Link: Estimating the Energy Requirements of Different Farming Technologies in Rural Zambia

In the quest to reduce global under- and malnutrition, which is particularly high among smallholder farmers, agriculture-nutrition linkages have received a lot of attention in recent years. Researchers have analysed the link between the quantity of …

African Agricultural Mechanization Myths, Realities and an Emerging Research Agenda

African farm systems remain the least mechanized of all continents. There were substantial state-led efforts to promote agricultural mechanization during the 1960s and 1970s, but these efforts failed, which led to a subsequent neglect of mechanizati…

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