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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…

Financing SMEs in Botswana: Factors Influencing Access to Credit

This paper examined factors that influence access to credit by SMEs in Botswana. The results show that access to credit is influenced by gender, citizenship and experience of the manager, as well as firm-size, sector of business, sales and land own…

Restoring Debt Sustainability in African Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

Debt sustainability among the 30 African low-income countries that previously received debt relief has deteriorated sharply. More than one-third are either back in, or at high risk of, debt distress. Outcomes of the 2017 review of the International …

Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Intervention in Nigeria: An Insight and Analysis

When, on January 1, 2012, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced the removal of subsidy on petrol, it was the most unexpected New Year gift to the citizens. As should be expected, protests and anger greeted the pronouncement the following day. …

Policy Challenges for Micro Finance Design and Practice in Nigeria

This document comprises three papers: PAPER 1: Titled: Challenges of Micro finance Supply and Administration. The author have attempted to provide background information on micro finance in this paper and the examination of micro finance and admini…

Assessing the Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Women’s Empowerment in Tanzania

This brief snapshot results from a study that examined the impact of cash transfers on household living standards, and on women empowerment in the period 2015– 2017. The study adapts a Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) approach, and pa…

Ghana Case Study of the $3 Billion China Development Bank Loan

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), with support from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), conducted a case study of a loan negotiated between the Government of Ghana and the People’s Republic of China. This was a $3 billio…

SADC Investment Perspectives in a Changing International Investment Landscape

"The global arena for foreign direct investment (FDI) has become much more fluid and complex in the five years from 2010 to 2015. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) as a region has shown exceptional growth but relatively lacklustre F…

Donors, Aid and Taxation in Developing Countries: An Overview

In recent years rapidly growing donor interest was witnessed in tax issues in the developing world. This reflects a concern with revenue collection to finance public spending, but also recognition of the centrality of taxation to growth, redistribut…

Africa’s Wealthy Give Back: A Perspective on Philanthropic Giving by Wealthy Africans in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a Focus on Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Over the last few years, the emergence of more strategic philanthropy was perceived, the growth of formal vehicles for its practice, and the rise of new platforms that reflect African voices. There is also a growing interest to better understand Afr…

South Africa in the Transitioning Multilateral Development Cooperation Landscape

Current global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialised economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the BRICS partnership and its individual members, to the forefront of international decision-making…

Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa: Philanthropy and Illicit Financial Flows: Options for African Philanthropy to support Better Economic Governance and to Reduce Illicit Financial Flows

"This paper will consider the interrelationship between illicit financial flows (IFFs) and philanthropy in the South African and African economies. The objective of this paper is to explore ways in which African philanthropy can support efforts to i…

South Africa and FOCAC: Enabling a Partnership for Global Economic Governance Beyond the BRICS?

"In December 2015, South Africa will host the first Heads of State Summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Africa. Given the high level status accorded to the 6th FOCAC meeting, the forum promises to further enhance relations bet…

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…

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