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The Impact of the Asian Drivers on Governance in Africa

This paper starts by defining the concept of governance and human security, then goes on to highlight the weaknesses of African states, which perhaps militate against the optimum application of processes, aggregation of interests, operation of insti…

Un Tournant pour l’économie Mondiale: l’Europe se Réveille, l’Asie Consolide sa position / A Turning Point for the Global Economy: Europe wakes up, Asia Consolidates its Position

Undoubtedly, 2018 marks a turning point in the evolution of the global economy. Europe, after having started to emerge from the crisis in 2017, could enter a phase of sustainable expansion thanks to a structural increase in industrial production, …

An Incentivizing System of Ownership and of Usufruct Rights

Sustained productivity growth, stretched over decades in which the majority of farmers participate in and benefit from, successfully transform agriculture. Such sustained growth requires broad-based public and private investments. Why would private …

Building Climate Resilience in Africa and Asia: Lessons on Organisation, Management and Collaboration from Research Consortia

Drawing on participant surveys, technical reports and focus group discussions, this paper identifies three sets of lessons around conducting collaborative research for adaptation. The first set of lessons concerns partners, leadership, and relations…

Building Asia-Africa Cooperation: Analysing the Relevance of the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP)

In 2005 during the 50th Asia-Africa anniversary summit in Indonesia, the Heads of State and Government committed to the establishment of the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP) with the hope of reinvigorating the ‘Spirit of Bandung’ and to…

Close to Home : Subnational Strategies for Climate Compatible Development

"The battle for climate compatible development will be won or lost at the subnational level: in provinces, districts and cities. National governments depend on subnational actors to implement climate policies. What is more, innovation in climate com…

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Water Sector: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report

"This thematic brief summarises the key findings of the report relevant to water resources, and water management. It draws exclusively on material from SREX. It includes an assessment of the science and the implications for society and sustainable d…

Tackling Exposure : Placing Disaster Risk Management at the Heart of National Economic and Fiscal Policy

"This review has demonstrated that disaster losses are rising and threaten future economic development, especially given the associated threat of climate change. A policy solution is to integrate risk management into economic and fiscal policy, wit…

Green Growth: Implications for Development Planning

"Leaders have been rethinking their growth and development strategies since 2008 in response to the twin challenges of a global economic downturn and increasing environmental degradation. Policy makers and economic planners are always looking for n…

Information Lives of the Poor Fighting Poverty with Technology

"Information and communication have always opened opportunities for the poor to earn income, reduce isolation, and respond resiliently to disasters, conflicts, and emergencies. With mobile phone use exploding across the developing world, even margi…

Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Asia, Latin America and Africa Final Report

This report is based on a series of 15 international case studies conducted between September and November 2008 under a joint initiative of FAO and the PISCES Energy Research Programme Consortium funded by DFID. The case studies focused on developin…

Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda - A Consultation with Civil Society

This report provides a detailed account of regional civil society perspectives on barriers to sustainable development and recommendations for overcoming them. Through quotations and summaries of the discussions and written submissions, it focuses on…

The Prospects of South Africa’s Engagement with ASEAN Countries

Asia's importance in the South African foreign policy is commonly attributed to the level of bilateral relations and increasing trade relations South Africa has with the Asian emerging powers such as China India and Japan to name a few. However it i…

Potential For Regional Value Chains in the Automotive Sector: Can SADC Learn from the Asean Experience?

"The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Industrialisation Cooperation (AICO) scheme created an opportunity for both foreign investors in the ASEAN region and member states to benefit from the regional free flow of goods in support of reg…

Conflict Trends Issue 2 2011

This issue contains seven articles. 'Climate Change–Conflict Nexus: Framework for Policy-oriented Action' bridges the climate change-conflict gap by providing a framework or lens through which policy-action research on the nexus between climate cha…

Is Food Insecurity More Severe in South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa? A Comparative Analysis Using Household Expenditure Survey Data

"This paper uses data from national household expenditure surveys to explore whether food insecurity is more severe in South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa. It employs two indicators of the diet quantity dimension of food insecurity, or the inability t…

The Governance of Climate Finance in Africa, Asia and Latin America : Some Critical Reflections

"Climate finance,if democratically governed, can play an important role in assisting vulnerable peoples and communities to withstand and adapt to the impacts of climate change. As the climate finance regime is developing, this policy brief explo…

Trade, Industry and Technology Development in Sub Saharan Africa: Policies, Response and Effects

"This paper focuses on the inter-relationships among trade, industrialization and technological development in the context of the overall process of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries. The paper pays particular attention to p…

The Impact on Southern Africa of the Financial Crises in Asia and Russia

"This paper analyses the reasons for the relative immunity of the SADC economies from the immediate and damaging effects of financial contagion. The paper examines the impact of the Asian crisis in 1997 and the Russian crisis in 1998. There are seve…

Sudan’s Foreign Relations with Asia China and the Politics of ‘looking east’

"This paper contextualises the position of China in Sudan today. It offers a general account aimed at capturing key trends, providing a snapshot of the dynamic landscape of Sudanese politics. China’s role in Sudan has received wide attention, notab…

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