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The Development Trap: Militarization, Environmental Degradation and Poverty and Prospects of Military Conversion

"The main aim of this study is to analyze the direct effects of militarization, environmental stress, and poverty on socio-economic development. The novelty of the study stems from its attempt to explore the interlinkages and feedbacks of the thre...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2, May 2004

Reports on the second meeting of the African Partnership Forum which was held from 16-17 April 2011 to discuss issues such as peace and security, HIV/AIDS, food security, education and poverty alleviation. Reflects on some of the issues Zimbabwe h...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2, June 2004

Stresses that successful land reform is more than just throwing people on patches of soil but it also requires helping newly settled farmers adapt to commercial techniques, build up working capital and improve knowledge of quality control and fore...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, August 2005

The special feature in this edition of eAfrica, looks at a study by the South African Institute of International Affairs, which examined successful and failed PPPs. It concluded that before Africa can unleash the potential of PPPs, it must change ...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, May 2005

This edition of eAfrica contains five articles and one special feature. The articles deal with Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign, the way Africa is coping better with high oil prices than expected, findings by an observer group of serious failure...

Training to Protect Civilians: Recent Developments and Recommendations

"Protection of Civilians has become one of the most important aspects of the mandates of peacekeeping operations. More recently, both the United Nations and the African Union have been engaged in strengthening their roles in addressing protection...

Making Deals for Peace: The Peace and Justice Dilemma

"Conflict mediators must constantly balance issues of peace and justice when designing peace agreements. This paper probes how peace and justice, two distinct but interrelated concepts, interact within the African peacebuilding context. Examining ...

Who said it was simple? Implementing 1325

This Policy and Practice Brief offers insights into UN Resolution 1325, and impact of conflict and violence on women. It forms part of ACCORD’s knowledge production work to inform peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Presents some of the m...

Strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence : Considerations for policy

This Policy and Practice Brief offers insights for policymakers regarding strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence. It forms part of ACCORD’s research and interventions on elections and violence. Our work seeks to inform interventions b...

Privatisation of security and military functions and the demise of the Modern Nation-State in Africa

"The overarching aim of this paper is to interrogate how the increasing commodification of violence, as embodied by the PSI in general, and PMCs in particular, challenges the notion of the Weberian state. That is, whether the privatisation of sec...

Political leaders in Africa: Presidents, Patrons or Profiteers?

"The perception is that African leaders rule failed states that have acquired tags such as “corruptocracies”, “chaosocracies” or “terrorocracies”. Perspectives on political leadership in Africa vary from the “criminalisation” of the state to polit...

Security sector reform in Africa: The promise and the practice of a new donor approach

"When the concept of security sector reform (SSR) was introduced some 10 years ago, it aimed to offer an innovative approach to the reform of security governance. Within the SSR paradigm, such reform was seen as an essential precondition of sustai...

Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries: What is at Stake for Senegal?

"In recent years the European Union has sought to transform its trading regime with the ACP countries by advocating reciprocal free trade agreements with them through Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). As a result, the EPA talks were launched...

Market Opportunities for African Agriculture: A General Equilibrium Examination of Demand-Side Constraints on Agricultural Growth in East and Southern Africa

"The report applies a general equilibrium framework for the analysis, focusing on seven East and Southern African countries—Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—and finds that an export-led agricultural growth st...

A Review of Methodology for Assessing ICT Impact on Development and Economic Transformation

"The objective of this study is to investigate the impact and implications of ICTs on economic development and trans-formation in Africa. Assessing the impact of ICT will address two dimensions (i)Iden-tifying the impact of ICT production and use ...

Towards enhancing the capacity of the African Union in mediation

"Armed conflict is one of the greatest threats to Africa’s development. Today, many African countries are in the throes of civil conflict, several more face a heightened risk of experiencing armed violence, while others are recently emerging fro...

Accountability in the Provision of Social Services: A Framework for African Research

"The three main forms of non-market provision have been government, charities, and self help groups. Although government provision is universal, in some societies charities are very substantial providers, and there have been major examples of ...

Mediating peace in Africa: Securing conflict prevention : Strengthening the mediation and conflict prevention aspects of the African peace and security architecture

"Africa is entering a new era of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The formulation of the AU in 2002 and the Peace and Security Council (PSC) in 2004 firmly established institutions dedicated to the promotion of peace, security and stability ...

Convergence and Economic Integration in Africa: the Case of the Franc Zone Countries

"Using the convergence theory inspired by models of endogenous growth, this paper analysed convergence in the economies of the Franc Zone countries in Africa. In recent years studies on the convergence of economies using beta- and sigma-converge...

Climate Change and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

"The ninth African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) senior policy seminar, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in March 2007, identified the impact of climate change on economic development in Africa as a top priority for further policy-oriented researc...

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