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Capacity Building and Skills Development as Prime Mechanisms for Africa's Socio-economic Transformation: Lessons from ACBF's Interventions

This paper draws on the extant literature and experiences of selected ACBF-supported interventions to examine the importance of capacity building and skills development for Africa’s socio-economic transformation. There is now ample agreement that i…

Assessment of Internal and External Risks Associated with the Implementation of the African Union's Agenda 2063

Agenda 2063 represents a transformative vision of the African Union (AU) to achieve “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena” (AUC 2014). In celebration of the 5…

Informal Entrepreneurship and Cross-Border Trade in Maputo, Mozambique

This report presents the results of a SAMP survey of informal entrepreneurs connected to cross-border trade between Johannesburg and Maputo in 2014. The study sought to enhance the evidence base on the links between migration and informal entrepren…

Zimbabwe's Exodus to Australia, 2015

This paper focuses on emigration of Zimbabwe-born migrants to Australia, partly because Australia is largely omitted from the important text, Zimbabwe’s Exodus even though it has become an important destination, and partly because the data is better…

Migration and Development in Contemporary Mauritius

Focusing mainly on international labour migration, and viewing it within the context of a global division of labour, this policy brief provides an account of migration and development in contemporary Mauritius. The first part deals with conceptions …

International Migrants and Refugees in Cape Town’s Informal Economy

This report began with the recent military-style assault on informal traders, both migrant and South African, at the Cape Town railway station. While this whole operation seemed like massive overkill and certainly mystified the traders themselves (a…

Migration, Remittances and Development in Southern Africa

Remittances by migrants are now a focus of attention of governments and development agencies worldwide. Globally, cash remittances by international migrants now exceed $250 billion per annum, easily outweighing the value of development assistance. O…

Industrial Policy, Structural Change and Global Value Chains Participation: Case study of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt

Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt (such as many other developing countries) have always considered pro-active industrial policies as an important means to upgrading their manufacturing sector. In an era of premature deindustrialization, the manufacturing…

Mobilisation des Ressources Internes dans les Pays Africains : Cas du Togo / Mobilization of Internal Resources in African Countries: Case of Togo

The mobilization of internal resources is important in order to have control over the process of a country’s development. Mindful of this, the Togolese authorities have taken various initiatives to improve the country's capacity to mobilize interna…

Guide Methodologiques de Suivi et Evaluation des Politiques Sectorielles /Methodological Guide for Monitoring and Evaluation of Sectoral Policies

The implementation of the strategy of accelerated growth and promotion of employment through the program of priority actions, currently requires a system of effective monitoring and evaluation that can measure the efforts to achieve the objectives …

Majority of Mauritians Say Living Conditions are Good, but Many Question Country's direction

In a stable political environment since independence in 1968, Mauritius transformed itself from a low-income country dependent on sugar into an upper-middle-income country with growing wealth creation from financial services, tourism, and other serv…

Opportunities and Policy Actions to Maximise the Demographic Dividend in Botswana

Botswana’s socio-economic development aspirations as spelt out in its current long-term development strategy, Vision 2036, is to graduate from being an upper-middle-income country (UMIC) to a high-income country (HIC) with prosperity for all. Demogr…

Different Dimensions of Brazil and Morocco Trade Flows: A Quantitative Assessment

Brazil and Morocco have been engaged in different forms of trade negotiations and committed to liberalize their trade, as they have concluded several bilateral and multilateral trade agreements whether within the WTO or in specific framework. This …

Financing the Economic Stabilization and Growth Programme (Zambia Plus) in the Shadow of the IMF

This policy paper was prompted by a protracted deliberation between the Zambian Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding a Fund-supported economic programme. The Zambian authorities began contemplating an IMF “bailout package…

Tanzanians see Country on Right Track despite Persistent Poverty

Tanzania’s Fifth Phase government has taken deliberate measures to improve the management of public resources. As the country continues to experience economic growth, it is crucial that this growth translate to development of the country and better …

Greening Uganda’s Economy as the Sustainable Pathway to Middle Income Status

Uganda is heavily dependent on natural resources for economic growth and the livelihoods of its people. The natural resource-based sectors of agriculture (crop, livestock, and fisheries) tourism, minerals and forests among other resources, are the e…

State of Africa, 2017

According to African Economic Outlook (AEO), although front pages of print media and TV breaking news on Africa, continue to be about i) state capture and corruption; ii) endemic poverty and rising unemployment of despondent youth; iii) bad governan…

African Leadership Forum 2016: Enabling African Businesses to Transform the Continent / Forum des Dirigeants Africains, Anee 2016: Mettre les Enterprises Africaines en Mesure de Transformer le Continent

Africa needs a strong, modern, competitive, innovative and dynamic private sector to drive economic growth and sustainable development. The success of efforts to lift millions out of poverty and improve the lives of all Africans as envisioned by the…

Challenges and Prospects of Entrepreneurship Development and Job Creation for Unemployed Youth: Evidence from Addis Ababa and DireDawa City Administrations, Ethiopia

Almost 90 percent of the world’s youth are residents in countries where they can hardly access adequate education, capital, paid employment and health services. As the size of the younger population in Africa steadily swells to account to being the …

Nigerians Optimistic about Economic Outlook Despite Persistent Poverty, Inadequate Services

After a 2016 recession blamed mainly on low oil revenues and unchecked corruption, Nigeria’s economy has been showing signs of improvement. Despite foreign-exchange shortages, poor infrastructure, and likely political tensions ahead of the February …

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