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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 …

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 foreig…

China-Africa Economic Relations: The Case of Zambia

"The China-Zambia economic relationship has been identified to benefit traders and households who benefit from cheaper Chinese products. Chinese exporters will benefit from increased African market in Zambia. The Zambian government is expected to lo…

Food Security and Child Nutrition Status among Urban Poor Households in Uganda: Implications for Poverty Alleviation

"The urgent need for in-depth analyses of the patterns and determinants of food and nutrition insecurity in urban areas in Uganda cannot be overemphasized. Using cross-sectional data, this study explores the key determinants of the food security and…

Foreign Aid and Economic Performance in Tanzania

"This study examines the impact of foreign aid inflows to Tanzania on macroeconomic variables such as the real exchange rate, export performance, government expenditure, investment and growth. The main hypothesis of the study is that aid inflows c…

The Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: The Case of Angola

"The primary purpose of this research project is to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the key features and patterns of the past, current and future evolution of the economic relations between China and African countries. The study allows a more …

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