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AERC Scoping Exercise on China-Africa Relations The Case of Angola

"Angola, for strategic reasons of its own, has no intention of aligning solely with Beijing. Angola is pursuing its own version of non-alignment in favour of its own home grown resource nationalist approach. Indeed in contrast to neighbouring Zimbab…

Productivity Growth in Nigerian Manufacturing and its Correlation to Trade Policy Regimes/Indexes (1962–1985)

"While the centrality of productivity enhancement to growth acceleration is one issue around which broad consensus exists in theory and empiricism, the role of trade policy in fostering productivity growth has received only modest attention. This st…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 22

The volume is on South Africa’s proposals for a Constellation of Southern African States. The introductory note speaks on the concept of a total national strategy. It then discusses the 12-point plan which is an extract from an address by Minister P…

Managing Post-War Liberia: An Update

"The purpose of this situation report is to discuss the progress in the post-conflict reconstruction process in Liberia. It analyses the various initiatives and challenges associated with Liberian post-war experiences, taking into account domestic …

The Real Project Failure Factors and the Effect of Culture on Project Management in Ghana

"This study identifies the general reasons why projects fail in Ghana and the effect of culture on project management in a multi-cultural society like Ghana. The study is based on the assumption that cultural differences play a leading role in the e…

Exporting and Export Dynamics among South African Firms

"According to the National Development Plan increased exports, particularly among small and medium firms, are an important job-creation strategy. Yet much of the South African debate on exporting occurs in an environment based on anecdote and preju…

Brazil's South-South Co-operation Strategies: From Foreign Policy to Public Policy

"This paper analyses the role of institutional and non-institutional actors in current Brazilian foreign policy agendas, particularly in the field of South–South co-operation. The plurality of actors and agendas results in an increasingly complex de…

On the Margins The City of Cape Town and Organised Crime

How has the design of the city affected the way criminal networks impact on governance in Cape Town? this policy brief does not purport to be comprehensive, but serves as an initial starting point for further study by highlighting some of the additi…

Navigating the US Congressional Process of Reauthorising AGOA

"The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides eligible African countries with duty-free access to the US market, is scheduled to expire on 30 September 2015. While some believe reauthorisation will be resolved at the US–Africa Le…

A Note Concerning the Revision or Rebuilding of the MEMBOT Model Some Preliminary Observations and Suggestions

"This paper discusses the structure of the existing MEMBOT model (Macro Economic Model for Botswana). The limitations of the current model are identified, and the need to revise it noted. It is suggested: that a revised model should be constructed, …

A Comparative Analysis of Poverty Incidence in Farming Systems of Tanzania

"The principal objective of this research was to determine the poverty incidence in different farming systems in Tanzania. The specific objectives were: To describe the patterns of poverty incidence in relation to farming systems, to quantify farmin…

The Tanzanian Energy Sector: The Potential for Job Creation and Productivity Gains Through Expanded Electrification

"The main objective of this study is to provide insights into the dynamic linkages between expansion of the national electricity grid and off-grid alternative/renewable sources of electricity and job growth and productivity. The study also seeks to …

Assessing the Institutional Framework for Promoting the Growth of MSE's in Tanzania : the Case of Dar Es Salaam

"This research paper examined the institutional framework for supporting MSEs. One of the important issues that was raised by the study is the need to develop social entrepreneurship in the country. The study shows that one of the needs of the MSE s…

Chinese Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones in Africa: Facing the Challenges

"The idea of exporting Chinese special economic zones to Africa was adopted as an official policy within the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) framework at the third meeting held in Beijing in 2006, when President Hu Jintao formally announce…

A Tale of Two Countries: Lessons from Zambia and Ghana in Engaging the IMF

Zambia’s last programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expired in 2011. At that time, the country had established sustained macroeconomic stability and robust growth underpinned by conservative fiscal and monetary policies as well as a c…

Strengthening the Urbanisation and Development of Secondary Cities in Rwanda

This policy brief seeks to address key socioeconomic and governance challenges of driving secondary city development across funding and planning ministries, line ministries, and local government. With the scarcity of resources, various stakeholders …

Despite Criticism of Economic Performance, Swazis Optimistic About Future Gains

"In its Vision 2022 agenda, the Kingdom of Swaziland lays out its goal of being “in the top 10% of the human development group of countries founded on sustainable development, social justice and political stability”. Public perceptions highlight bot…

Accelerating Fertility Decline in Zambia Opening the Window of Opportunity for the Demographic Dividend

Over the past three decades, Zambia’s fertility has declined slowly in the context of steady decline in child mortality. Consequently, 45% of the population is under 15 years of age, which has resulted in a high child dependency burden. The populati…

The Ghanaian Economy: Annual Review 2013-2014 Theme: Ghana’s Public Financial Management

This annual report on the economy of Ghana for 2013-14 is a combined edition and devoted to Public Finance Management. The content comprises policies, legal frameworks, institutions, processes and mechanisms by which the public resources are manage…

Enabling African Businesses to Transform the 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 t…

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