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Food Security, Agricultural Policy & Environmental Interface: An African Perspective The Case of Botswana

"This paper begins with an outline of the Southern African region's background, then define food security in the region, and discuss food security issues in terms of macroeconomic and agricultural policy perspectives. In this paper, food security ...

Botswana's Position Paper on Strategies for Poverty Alleviation Bringing the Regional Dimension of Economic Integration as a Strategy for Poverty Alleviation

"Poverty Reduction has been one of the strategies for Botswana's development since the country became independent in 1966. This paper reviews the empirical evidence on nature, extent and causes of poverty and its dynamics over time. It reviews and...

Developing Social Protection in Tanzania within a Context of Generalised Insecurity

"Section II of this document on the research programme for social protection develops the overall conceptual framework and sets out the overall agenda and rationale for this research programme. Section III set forward three research sub themes : p...

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 eco...

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 consi...

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, t...

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 fo...

Zimbabwe in Crisis: Mugabe's Policies and Failures

Exemplifying the negative consequences of a variety of inappropriate fiscal and social policies, Zimbabwe has failed to realize its potential to become a strong, independent state, going from the admiration and envy of its neighbours to near-compl...

Picking Up the Pieces of Zimbabwe's Economy

Zimbabwe's prolonged crisis illustrates the consequences of short-sighted and inappropriate economic policies, as it continues to fail to realize its potential to become a strong, independent state. Triggered in part by the Mugabe government's dec...

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 ...

Zimbabwe: Post-election questions

Following the Zimbabwe election, a number of questions concern the political and economic situation, and the role to be played by South Africa. Politically, the environment remains unpredictable. The MDC receiving seats in the parliament repres...

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 ...

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 Develo...

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 ...

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 ap...

South Africa's Door Knockers: Young people and unemployment in Metropolitan South Africa

"Principal among the carefully focused goals was that of surveying and assessing job creation ventures for young people in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas. As we have seen, this proved to be a far from simple task, and we found it difficu...

Labour Intensive Public Works: Towards providing Employment for all South African's willing to work

"The study begins by discussing the scale and nature of unemployment, making the point that the dominant type of unemployment in South Africa is long-term youth unemployment. This is a problem for which labour-intensive public works is an approp...

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 discussi...

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 polici...

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