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Regional Aid Profile East Africa

This profile gives an analysis of the trends in Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the East Africa region. It assesses disbursements of loans made on concessional terms (net of repayments of principal) and grants by official agencies of the …

Annual Report on IGAD Economies: Macroeconomic Developments, Climatic Shocks and the State of Food Security in IGAD 2018

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) is a regional bloc formed by eight countries in the horn of Africa region (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda). The region is highly vulnerable to recu…

The Benefits and Burden of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in East Africa

China’s trade and economic relationship with East Africa countries brought in much needed aid and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in infrastructure projects which would otherwise be too costly for these developing countries, and contributed to con…

Women Traders in East Africa: The Case Study of the Busia One Stop Border Post

Across the continent, African countries are implementing various projects to improve intraregional trade, with a specific focus on improved trade facilitation and the constraints that impede cross-border trade. Efforts have focused on ensuring impro…

Assessment of the Financing and Investment Policies in the East Africa Community (EAC) and South African Development Community (SADC)Countries Against the Regional Protocols

The study was conducted through desk reviews of Member States Constitutions, Public Finance Management Acts, Budget Laws, Debt Management Laws and relevant legislation. It also reviewed national budgets, Budget Framework Papers, National Development…

Afsol Journal: Journal of African-Centered Solutions in Peace and Security Vol 3 (II)

The first article is titled “The Great Lakes Region (GLR) Security Complex: Lessons for the African Solutions for Peace and Security (AfSol) Approach”. This paper applies the Regional Security Complex Theory to establish a pattern of security interd…

Did the East Africa Community’s Common External Tariff (CET) Help Uganda Diversify its Export Products?

The East African Community (EAC) States are exporters of mainly primary products, concentrated in the agricultural sector. In 2005, the EAC adopted EAC Custom Union and one of the objectives was to increase the variety and quality of EAC manufacture…

Violent Extremism in Africa: Popular Assessments from the 'Eastern Corridor'

Violent extremism poses a serious security threat to governments and peoples across the African continent. Over the past two decades, national insurgencies by terrorist groups have increasingly crossed borders, creating complex, intractable regional…

Exploring Data Anonymisation and Internet Safety in East Africa

Internet adoption in East Africa has faced several challenges with the high cost of bandwidth being the key challenge. Nevertheless, once people are online, censorship, Internet privacy, geo-blocking of content and Internet shutdowns are some of the…

Capacity Building and Training for Peace Operations and Conflict Resolution in East Africa

"In East Africa there are five important regional actors involved in peace and conflict management: the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Community (EAC), The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa …

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2013

In ‘Africa’s Concept of Unconstitutional Change of Government – How Appropriate?’ Egypt is the latest example of the African Union’s (AU) decision to declare events as an “unconstitutional change of government”, and to suspend Egypt’s AU membership …

Rural Youth Entrepreneurs in East Africa: A view from Uganda and Kenya

"This report is intended to document the rural youth entrepreneurship situation in East Africa, the Ugandan and Kenyan contexts in particular, looking at why rural youth engage in entrepreneurship and what benefits arise there from. The report explo…

Marriage Between Realism and Liberalism in Uganda

"The field of international relations has various interesting theories that define the interaction of countries in the world arena. Among other theories realism and liberalism are the two major theories. According to these theories, there are differ…

The New Africa Initiative Working for Synergy

"The New Africa Initiative (NAI) was initiated in July 1996 in Uganda with the support of the Nairobi-based Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program for Eastern Africa. The idea was to advance mutually beneficial interaction among ke…

Conservation and Sustainable Development Linking Practice and Policy in Eastern Africa

"Our development depends on nature, and if development in our region is to proceed it must be based on sustainable management of the ecosystems that support life. Although this simple fact is well accepted, achieving sustainable development in pract…

ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East and Southern Africa

"The research reported in this volume was undertaken at a time when the poor were starting to take part in the information society through the usage of ICTs. Current stories were and still are encountered in the press every day on how the mobile pho…

The Biggest Fish in the Sea? Dynamic Kenyan Labour Migration in the East African Community

"This study assesses the Kenyan policy and institutional framework concerning South–South labour migration with particular focus on the East African Community (EAC) countries. It focuses mainly on one particular policy instrument, the East African …

South Sudan: A Civil War by Any Other Name

"The conflict that broke out on 15 December 2013 was decades in the making. The speed with which the SPLM and SPLA collapsed reveals the ephemeral nature of the “big tent” policy. The transition to more broadly representative political and military …

Needs Assessment Seminar on Migration and Development Challenges in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA)

"This paper provides an overview of the key issues in migration and development. It identifies, defines and provides relevant instances of four main issues in the migration-development debate: (i) brain drain and brain circulation; (ii) migrant remi…

Future Oil Revenues and Political Dynamics in West and East Africa: A Slippery Slope

The paper begins with an overview of the economic geography of projected oil dependence in Africa, concentrated in the Gulf of Guinea and the Rift Valley respectively. Secondly, it briefly reviews the literature that attempts to understand why oil…

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