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Africa Rising: Inequalities and the Essential Role of Fair Taxation

"This report investigates the issue of income inequality in eight sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). While there is growing public recognition that inequality is the issue …

A Study on Intellectual Property Environment in Eight Countries: Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) refers to protection of inventions in all fields of human endeavor – scientific discoveries, industrial designs, Trade Marks, Service Marks, Literary, Artistic, Scientific Works, Performances, Sound recordings, br…

Incidence of Indigenous, Emerging and Innovative Climate Change Adaptation Practices for Smallholder Farmers' Livelihood Security in Chikhwawa District, Southern Malawi

Africa is subject to widespread poverty, recurrent droughts, hostile climate and over dependence on rain-fed agriculture. The majority of farming households in Africa struggle to sustain their livelihoods. Climate change and variability has created …

AFIDEP News June - Dec 2015

This newsletter by AFIDEP consists of several articles. The first article : Malawi President commits to championing youth development and the demographic dividend in Malawi and across Africa. The meeting and procedures discusses how Malawi can harne…

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Malawi

"Malawi has experienced commendable results in as far as those macroeconomic indicators are concerned. The economy has stabilised with falling rates of inflation and a stable exchange rate. The appealing macroeconomic indicators notwithstanding, rat…

The Macroeconomic Framework & the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and Malawi

"HIV/AIDS has become a leading cause of death in the African continent. It not only constitutes a serious constraint to growth and stability of most African economies and societies, but has actually begun to destroy the hard-won development. Even co…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Malawi

"The purpose of this study is to identify stumbling blocks to effective aid delivery, donor practices that create a burden on the Malawi Government in terms of ownership, transaction costs, institutional capacity, as well as identify possible benefi…

The Impact of Agricultural Extension Services in the Context of a Heavily Subsidized Input System The Case of Malawi

"Since 2005, the government of Malawi has focused on the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) as its major strategy for increasing maize production, promoting household food security, and enhancing rural incomes. Amid concerns about the program’s hig…

Leveling the Field for Biofuels Comparing the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Biofuel and Other Export Crops in Malawi

"Biofuel production can have conflicting impacts on economic growth, food and energy security, and natural resources. Understanding these trade-offs is crucial for designing policies that are consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. This i…

Large-Scale Land Deals in Southern Africa: Voices of the People

"The dramatic growth in big land deals over the past decade is a phenomenon not specific to Southern Africa. It is part of what has been termed a ‘global land rush’ following food price spikes, financial crisis and fuel price volatility (and growin…

Space, Markets and Employment in Agricultural Development: Malawi Country Report

"This paper set out to examine the nature of the farm and non-farm employment links in rural Malawi by contrasting two farming systems: smallholder and estate sectors. The smallholder sector is dominated by small owner-operated farms using mainly fa…

BUSAN Partnership: Challenges & Opportunities for Creating an Enabling Environment for CSOs in Africa: A Synthesis of Six Countries

"Africa is a significant receiver of donor aid, while also remaining an area where inequality and poverty exists. With the realization that Africa is not a homogenous land mass it was imperative to undertake research in the six countries documented …

Domestic Debt Management In Africa: The Case Of Malawi

"The study found that in Malawi there are clear procedures and legislations for issuing and management of domestic debt spelt out in the Public Finance Management Act of 2003. Since 2004, the government of Malawi has managed to achieve macroeconomic…

The PRGF and Fiscal Space in Malawi

"The purpose of this study is to assess whether the fiscal space in Malawi has increased as a result of the implementation of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) programme and, if so, whether it has contributed to the implementation of …

Small Scale Rainwater Harvesting for Combating Water Deprivation at Orphan Care Centres in Peri-Urban Areas of Lilongwe, Malawi

In urban areas of Malawi, like elsewhere in Africa, uncoordinated rapid urbanization has resulted in profuse informal settlements. These are marginal areas of urban development that are often not provided with adequate water and sanitation amenities…

Population, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Malawi

"Malawi is one of the 15 countries categorized as a population and climate change “hotspot” because of its rapidly growing population, water scarcity and falling food production. Malawi’s population has grown from 6 million in 1966 to about 15 milli…

Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa

"Despite the strong links between population and climate change, and their role in sustainable development, these issues are not a priority in broader development policies and strategies. Unfortunately, population, climate change and development are…

SECURE Health News, Issue 2, Feb - July 2015

SECURE Health draws attention to research non-use at a Health Scientific Conference in Kenya. It talks of evidence-informed policymaking training for technocrats in the ministries of health and parliaments in Kenya and Malawi. Other topics discussed…

SECURE Health News, Issue 3, August - December 2015

In this issue of Secure Health news topics of discussion includes: "SECURE Health Programme covers mid-term of successful implementation" highlighting the success of the programme, "Kenyan policymakers and experts deliberate on key public health iss…

Rapid Assessment of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and HIV/ AIDS Integration in Malawi

"The high burden of disease and death relating to HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancies and poor maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) remains a major health challenge in Malawi, as is the case in most of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This is largely a r…

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