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Election Talk [Botswana]

This policy brief comprises several articles written by 4 different authors. Dr Sebudubudu’s article is about the 2004 Botswana election campaign process. He discussed the new electoral system, the main players i.e the political parties and the var…

Can the "Mozambican Miracle" Survive the Scenario of Forced Co-Habitation?

"This policy brief comprises several articles which were all written by different authors. Dr Dr Eduardo Sitoe of the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique wrote about the forced co-habitation the village of Marromeu described as the “MOZAMBICAN…

Dr. Banda - Prophet of pragmatism?

To understand the foreign policy of Malawi one must look at the national power of Malawi and the personality of Dr. Banda. This document analyses the human and natural potential of Malawi and describes her foreign policy in practice. It attempts to …

Malawi: Off the Southern African Map?

Since South Africa’s political transition, Malawi appears to have dropped off Pretoria’s political map; under Banda it was South Africa’s closest African ally. Earlier this year, Malawi staged its second democratic election, amidst allegations of co…

An Exploratory Study of Land Use, Management and Degradation

"The research findings identify a variety of land use activities and a range of choice decision factors. The diversity of crops and mixed stock is shown to respond to good yields and easy management. The socio-economic characteristics of the sample…

Empirical Analysis of Tariff Line- Level Trade, Tariff Revenue and Welfare Effects of Reciprocity under an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU: Evidence from Malawi and Tanzania

"This paper is the first comprehensive quantitative analysis for Malawi and the first to consider the comparative effects of full and less than full reciprocity for both countries. Moreover, the paper presents results at various levels of product ag…

Explaining African Economic Growth Performance: A Case Study of Malawi

"The background discussed in the paper is important for the reader to fully appreciate the difficult undemocratic conditions in which politicians, economic technocrats, other public servants and the rest of society lived for thirty years. And the im…

The Impact of the HIV Pandemic on Maternal and Child Mortality in Malawi

"Over the last decade, HIV/AIDS has exacted a heavy toll, with significant impacts on maternal mortality in Malawi — a small land-locked country in southern Africa. Malawi has experienced a nearly ten-fold increase in HIV incidence among pregnant wo…

Links Between the Informal and Formal/Semi Formal Financial Sectors in Malawi

"The Study has two main objectives. The first is to investigate complimentary and competitive deposit and credit links between informal and formal/semi-informal financial sectors of the economy of Malawi. The study examines the behaviour of borrower…

Market Structure, Liberalization and Performance in the Malawian Banking Industry

"Financial sector reforms led to the removal of credit ceilings and interest rate controls and opened the banking system to new competition. This study examines the effect of financial sector reforms on market structure, financial intermediation, sa…

Voices of Disquiet on the Malawian Airwaves

"Human Rights NGOs are considered vanguards in the struggle against injustice and authoritarianism in Africa. But their narrow focus on civil and political rights neglects widely held economic grievances. In Malawi, an audience-driven radio program…

Sources of Technical Efficiency among Smallholder Maize Farmers in Southern Malawi

"The agricultural sector in Malawi is vital to the economy for incomes and food security. The sector accounts for 35% of national income, generates 90% of foreign exchange, and provides paid and self-employment to 92% of the rural population. One …

Tax Reform and Tax Yield in Malawi

"The purpose of this study is to evaluate the tax reforms that Malawi has carried out over time, paying particular attention to intensive reforms that were undertaken in the context of structural adjustment in the 1980s and early 1990s. The study fo…

Into Africa: Make Way for A Forceful Lady

British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher will undertake a tour of Four African states, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana. Her tour is significant for the following reasons, it follows in the wake of important diplomatic movement, it builds …

The Informal Financial Sector and Macroeconomic Adjustment in Malawi

"The aim of this study is to improve the understanding of the nature, size and role of the informal sector in Malawi. The study pursues the following interrelated objectives: to determine the origin and underlying reasons for the development of the …

The Role of Exchange Rate and Monetary Policy in the Monetary Approach to the Balance of Payments: Evidence from Malawi

"This study has attempted to examine the relevance of the monetary approach to the balance of payments (MABP) using Malawi as a case study. Of particular interest is the overall balance of payments effects of the exchange rate, relative prices and…

The Southern African Regional Clothing and Textile Industry: Case Studies of Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe

"In the regional context, the SADC Trade and Investment Protocol - that is intended to further liberalise intra-regional trade in Southern Africa - has set in motion a wave of new opportunities and threats for clothing and textile firms in the regio…

Textiles and Clothing in SADC: Key Issues and Policy Perspectives

"Industrial sectors across the SADC region differ from one another in terms of size, structure and competitiveness. The shifting of market boundaries and the improvement of market access is going to have a significant impact on the size, structure …

Southern African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis - Malawi

"Malawi’s tropical continental climate is moderated by the effects of Lake Malawi and by the country’s high altitudes and proximity to the influence of westerly frontal systems that move eastward around the South African coast. The mean annual rainf…

Challenges of Co-Management on Shared Fishery Ecosystems: The Case of Lake Chiuta

"There are frequent conflicts among fishing communities on Lake Chiuta mainly due to definitions of resource boundaries and membership, the limited empowerment of the user communities because of weak decentralised structures, and the application of…

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