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Understanding South African Food and Agricultural Policy Implications for Agri-Food Value Chains, Regulation and Formal and Informal Livelihoods

"In order to create credibility and sustainability between policies, to avoid political confusion and to reassure “investor confidence”, a clear agri-food policy package needs to be in place. To achieve this, policy packages should be constructed to…

Settlement Size Distribution and Development in the Niger Delta Region : Policy Issues

The various sizes of spatial patterns’ settlements has considerable impact on the distribution of social and infrastructure facilities such as health, education, extension services, water and communications services. The vast proportion of the Nige…

Analytical Brief of the Social Sector Budget 2017 - “Leaving no one Behind "

With Zambia setting the stage for economic recovery, the National Budget of 2017 is certainly not short on measures to protect the vulnerable from the adverse effects of possible austerity under the Zambia Plus Economic Recovery Programme. With real…

Accelerating Human Capital Development to Optimise Zambia’s Chances of Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

The policy and programme options are highlighted in this policy brief that Zambia can adopt in order to accelerate human capital development to optimize its chances of harnessing the demographic dividend. In order to enhance the chances of earning …

CCMT Newsletter Issue 3

This newsletter discussed, among other, the research report that was published by CCMT toward the end of November 2016, which is entitled ‘Cultures in Conflict: Challenges of Marriage and Divorce under Zimbabwe’s Dual Legal System’. This publicatio…

Releve de Conclusions de l'Atelier Technique de Renforcement des Capacites sur le Theme - Dialogue Interparts, Gouvernance des Ressources Naturelles et Transformation Socio Economique des Pays d’Afrique Centrale / Summary of Conclusions of the Technical W

The Technical Capacity Building Workshop on Inter-Party Dialogue, Governance of Natural Resources and Socio-Economic Transformation of Central African Countries was held from 14 to 15 November 2016 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, under the Chairm…

Vulnerability in Employment: Evidence from South Africa

The high levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa, have led to an emphasis on jobs as a solution to these problems. The subject of job creation in South Africa, is at the forefront of the most important economic policy documents, ever sinc…

Spatial Variation in Rural Development and Internal Migration in Delta State, Nigeria

This study of the Delta State rural development pattern, has shown that rural communities in the state are at different stages of socio-economic development as some are better developed than others. The migration patterns and trends shown in this …

Improvement in the Processing of Cassava by Small Scale Farmers in Jesse Community, Nigeria: An Action Research

The findings of a participatory action research programme on promoting the improvement of cassava processing by small scale farmers in Jesse community of Delta State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, is presented in this paper. In the first sec…

The Role of Informal Urban Settlements in Upward Mobility

Informal urban settlements influences the well-being of a large section of global humanity . Yet there has been very little research on their role in facilitating social mobility. Such settlements, in theory, may foster human progress by linking rur…

The Good, the Better and the Best: How the Community Work Programme can Reach its Full Potential as an Instrument of Community Development in South Africa

By providing an employment safety net, the CWP offers enormous benefits. Although the payments that people receive are relatively small, they contribute to raising average household incomes and stimulating local economies in areas with high levels …

Impact of Information Technology on the Nigerian Economy: A Study of Manufacturing and Services Sectors in the South Western and South Eastern Zones of Nigeria

"In Nigeria preliminary investigations show that only a few organizations in the economy have adopted the ICTs, but there has not been formal study to determine the level of adoption and impact on the efficiency of the organizations and the conseque…

Improving the Growth and Transition of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area

In the face of rising population numbers, urban areas in Uganda are increasingly facing competition for their resources. More than one out of every five Ugandans are residing in urban areas and the urban population is expected to triple in the next …

Impact de la Microfinance sur la Pauvrete et les Inegalites : Une Analyse de Causalité Hétérogène en données de Panel / Impact of Microfinance on Poverty and Inequalities: A Heterogeneous Causality Analysis in Panel Data

This paper analyzed the impact of micro finance on poverty reduction and income inequalities by studying the causal links between the intensity of microfinance and two poverty indicators (Gini index and the poverty headcount ratio at 2$ / day). The …

Evaluation des Impacts des Crises et des Réponses Politiques Mises en œuvre au Sénégal : Situation des Enfants et Simulations de Politiques de Protection Sociale / Evaluation of the Impacts of Crises and Political Responses Implemented in Senegal: Situ

This study focused on the impacts of crises in recent years (food, energy, economic and financial) and the policy responses on the situation of children in Senegal. From an overall assessment of the social and economic policies implemented to meet t…

How to Implement Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) Successfully for Effective Delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa Illustrative Actionable Solutions for Policy Leaders

Part 1 of this policy series followed on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. A comprehensive analytical and predictive model was created which explained the key factors leading to failure or success of DRM strategies in Africa…

Politics, Policies and Prospects of the MENA Region

The MENA region is vital for Europe economically as a source of energy and as a large and historically rapidly growing market. However, politically, it is a source of unwanted migration, conflicts, and geopolitical instability. The analysis in this…

Housing Policies in Africa & Brazil: The Role of PPPs for Low-Income Housing

Housing is part of the United Nations 11th Sustainable Development Goal, which is to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. One of the most important targets of such a goal is to “ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affor…

Revival of Agricultural Productivity in Africa: Hoping for Better Food Security

Remarkable economic performance accompanied African economies with the entry into the new millennium, in comparison to previous decades. The agricultural sector, which remains the cornerstone of economic and social development, has not remained on t…

Relance de la Productivité Agricole en Afrique: l’Espoir d’une Sécurité Alimentaire

L’entrée des économies africaines dans le nouveau millénaire s’est accompagnée de performances économiques remarquables, par rapport aux décennies antérieures. Le secteur agricole, qui demeure la clé de voûte du développement économique et social, n…

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