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Mozambique’s Debt Crisis: Trawling for Answers

Debt relief was granted to the government of Mozambique, less than two decades ago, and again this government finds itself unable to honour obligations to international creditors. Pending the publication of an audit of US$2 billion of borrowing by M…

An Agenda for Civil Society: A Business Critique? Shaping South Africa's Region Building Role

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a one-day policy advisory group seminar at the Double Tree By Hilton Cape Town Hotel, on 20 October 2017, on the theme “An Agenda for Civil Society: A Business Critique? Sha…

Development and/or Security: Issues Concerning the Relationship between the European Union, the Maghreb and the Sahel

[Cette note d'information est également disponible en Français intitulé: Développement et/ou sécurité : Enjeux de la relation entre l’Union Européenne, le Maghreb et le Sahel.] This Policy Brief tackles the link between development and security i…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? China and Africa: Engaging the World's Next Superpower

The Cape Town seminar brought together 35 scholars and policymakers – largely from Africa, but also from Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States (US) – to examine a multiplicity of important issues in the growing relationship between Africa and C…

Investir sur le capital humain: Education et Santé / Investing in Human Capital: Education and Health

Development strategies and policies have always sought to identify the key variable to accelerate wealth creation and thus raise the well being of populations. The focus has been put on the accumulation of physical capital, labor, natural resources…

Implications of Access to Microcredit and Social Capital for Female Entrepreneurship in Cameroon

"The main objective of this research was to assess the effects of microcredit and social capital on female entrepreneurship in Cameroon. Specific objectives were: (a) to construct a social capital indicator for Cameroon using the 2007 Cameroon house…

China's Silent Storm in Sierra Leone

"There are many faces to China’s presence in Sierra Leone and its present role there. Chinese investments, ‘gifts’ and trading activities have gone some way to reshaping the stereotype of Beijing as solely an exploiter of Africa’s minerals resources…

Demographic, Community and Macroeconomic Effects on Disability Grant Programme Participation

"This paper investigates the role of demographic, community and macroeconomic effects on Disability Grant programme (DGP) participation. The study descriptively analyses demographic patterns of the disability grant (DG) beneficiaries using data from…

Globalization Threats to and Opportunities for Foreign Direct Investment Lessons for Uganda and Other Low Income Countries

"Virtually all countries are competitively pursuing globalization as one of the major strategies for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). However, the Low Income Countries such as Uganda attract a lot less FDI inflows than the Middle and High…

South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA): Strategic Aid for Development Packages for Africa?

"The following report is an in-depth analysis that explores South Africa’s past, present and future development assistance to the rest of the continent. It unpacks South Africa’s development partnership paradigm and the tensions that lie within its…

China-South Sudan:Governance in Emerging Relations

"Away from news headlines about oil, conflict and political instability, China has been developing a more involved engagement with the government of South Sudan and its ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Governance is fund…

Large-scale Commercial Agriculture in Africa: Lessons from the Past

"African agriculture is in a phase of rapid commercialisation. Planners and investors in sub-Saharan Africa urgently need to consider how the choice of business model, the local context and the political environment affect outcomes of comm…

Chinese Resources-for-Infrastructure (R4I) Swaps: An Escape from the Resource Curse

This paper discusses whether resources-for-infrastructure (R4I) swaps employed by the Chinese government and companies reduce or increase the risk that a resource-rich country will fall prey to the resource curse. To answer this question the paper i…

China and Zimbabwe: The Context and Contents of a Complex Relationship

"China’s relationship with Africa has been the subject of considerable interest and controversy. The general assumption that the continent is moving closer to China because of its generosity (in contrast with traditional Western partners) and the wi…

ACORD Pan-Africa Food Sovereignty Programme 2007-10 End of Project Evaluation

The Pan African Programme (PAP) was launched by ACORD in 2006 – the focus was on advocacy for food sovereignty and with gender, conflict and HIV/AIDS as intervening themes. To achieve Food Sovereignty in Africa is the overarching aim of the programm…

Development Without Aid

Particularly prevalent among African officialdom, there is a disturbing mindset, that somehow development is impossible without the intervention of foreign aid. The former President of the Republic of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, wept before the General …

Bonds: A Viable Alternative for Financing Africa's Development

"Since the financial crisis of 2008 loans from banks have become more difficult to obtain. African countries increasingly have explored alternatives to raise capital for their economic development projects. Experience in some African countries and …

Foreign Aid Grassroots Participation and Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania: The HESAWA Fiasco

"The study set to examine foreign aid effectiveness in the poverty alleviation in rural Tanzania. More specifically, it sought to investigate the impact of the Health through Sanitation and Water (HESAWA)program among the rural population of Mwanza …

An overview of Chinese Agricultural and Rural Engagement in Tanzania

"The recent expansion of Chinese economic engagement in Africa is often poorly documented and not well understood. This paper is the second in an IFPRI-sponsored effort to better understand Chinese engagement in Africa’s agricultural sector. A clear…

Does Subsidy Removal Hurt the Poor? Evidence from Computable General Equilibrium Analysis

"The study examines the effects of the removal of petroleum subsidies on poverty in Nigeria. In recent years, government has increased the prices of petroleum products many times. However it was unknown if these price increases would lead to higher …

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