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A Framework for a Tanzanian Growth Strategy

"This brief is a summary of Chapter 9 of the 2007 Poverty and Human Development Report for Tanzania. The 2007 PHDR provides key information and data on national indicators gives a framework for determining a strategic approach to growth, and also pr…

From 'Willing Seller, Willing Buyer' to a People-Driven Land Reform

"The concept of ‘willing seller, willing buyer’ has dominated the discourse on land reform in South Africa since 1994. Now, following the national Land Summit of July 2005, it appears that government is willing to abandon this approach, but there …

Investing in Orphan Crops to Improve Food and Livelihood Security of Uganda's Rural Poor Policy Gaps, Opportunities and Recommendations

"This policy research paper is an analysis of the extent to which Uganda’s food and agricultural-related policies and policy frameworks support the production and wider use of orphan crops in national development. Its major objective is to provide p…

Common Property Resources and Privatisation Trends in Southern Africa

"Access to common property resources (CPRs) is a significant part of the land resource base and therefore the livelihoods of many poor rural people. However, despite their central importance, CPRs are declining throughout the world due to neglect, …

Making the Best out of Immigration

"South Africa has long been a major immigration destination country, with migrants arriving from across the African continent and beyond. Some head to South Africa for reasons of conflict, insecurity or persecution at home, more make the journey to…

Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Food in Kenya

"The right to food as a concept recognizes the links between food security, culture and resource rights, and as a legal principle, it requires a state to ensure that people are free from hunger. As a framework to guide policy, research and advocacy,…

Municipal Commonage

"The Municipal Commonage Programme of the Department of Land Affairs (DLA) aims to enable poor residents to access commonage lands in order to supplement incomes and enhance food security. New commonage accounted for 31% of all land transferred wi…

Land Reform in Namaqualand: Poverty Alleviation,Stepping Stones and 'Economic Units'

"This paper examines the consequences of land reform for communal livestock farmers in Namaqualand. It investigates the likely outcomes of recent commonage acquisitions and tenure reform in the former 'Coloured Reserves' using case study material d…

In Search of South Africa's 'Second Economy': Chronic Poverty, Economic Marginalisation and Adverse Incorporation in Mt Frere and Khayelitsha

"Since 2003 South African policy discourse about persistent poverty has been dominated by the notion that poor people stay poor because they are trapped in a 'second economy' disconnected from the mainstream 'First-World Economy'. This paper conside…

Ill-health and Labour Market Outcomes in Uganda

"The role health plays in reducing poverty and economic development particularly in developing countries is undisputable in the economic literature. Health of the population is a key factor for labor productivity, poverty reduction and overall econo…

Foreign power and Africa: Socio-economic dimensions

The first part of the conference paper discusses the need of Africa with regard to technology, science and manpower but not only that it goes further to include education and the fulfillment of basic needs. The second part explains the role of fore…

Crime, political transition and urban transformation in South Africa and Brazil

"Urban transformation is a critical part of any well-functioning city. The ability to modify and improve existing infrastructure, opportunities, facilities, etc. is essential to stay competitive in a global world.It is also necessary to adapt to th…

The Impact of Democracy in Zimbabwe: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the dawn of Democracy

"This paper briefly outlines some of the perceptions of Zimbabweans regarding the various changes that have occurred in the country in the past 10–15 years,particularly where the democratisation process is concerned. The paper seeks to ascertain wh…

The Impact of Democracy in Namibia: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the dawn of Democracy

"This country report presents an overview of Namibia based on the most recent socio-economic data, such as comprehensive expenditure data culled from the 2003/2004 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES), the 2nd Millennium Developm…

Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa

"In order to achieve these objectives, the first step is a report on the current state of land and agrarian reform in the respective countries taking part in the study. In the case of South Africa, as with many of the other countries, the task is a …

RDP RIP? Reflections on economic growth and development policy in South Africa

"In the wake of South Africa's first all-race elections in April 1994, President Nelson Mandela declared that nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of implementation of the ANC's Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Initially, the…

Voices from a new democracy: South Africans reflect on ten years in a democratic country, and the challenges of the next decade

"Africans deliberated on the first decade of democratic rule, acknowledged what had been accomplished,and thought aloud about the challenges that need to be addressed if ‘a better life for all’ desired to be achieved by 2014. However, the discussion…

Can Black Economic Empowerment Drive New Growth?

"This publication summarises the presentations, panelists' contributions and general discussions at the CDE workshop which aimed at stimulating the debate on the relationship between BEE and economic growth. It was structured around four questions: …

Race, growth and development

"In reflecting on the meeting as a whole, CDE raised several issues: The first being; whether policies of racial redress were impeding the drive for growth and development. There was no exploration of the content and consequences of present policies…

Johannesburg, Africa's World City: A Challenge to action - Executive summary

"The key theme of this series of path-breaking reports has been to focus stake- holders’ attention on the enormous impact of globalisation and the associated challenges facing South African cities. After decades of insular attention to race and apar…

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