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Décentralisation et qualité de l’offre de services socio-publics en Afrique subsaharienne / Decentralization and quality of social service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa

"The purpose of this paper is to analyze, from a purely microeconomic perspective, the impact of decentralization on the quality of the delivery of social services in sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis uses data from the Afrobarometer Round 4 survey, …

Economic Growth in the Horn of Africa: Identifying Principal Drivers and Determinants

"The Horn of Africa countries had poor economic growth for many decades before the 2000’s. Various studies were conducted to uncover the factors responsible for the poor economic performance and divergence from the developing regions. Opinions varie…

Return Migration Patterns and Characteristics in Rural Communities of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region: Implications for Rural Development Policy

This paper analyzed the return migrants post-return occupational choice behaviours in their communities compared with the traditional occupations that characterize their communities. State and non-state actors in Nigeria have a major role to play in…

The Population Factor in the Development of the Niger Delta Region : Policy Issues

There is much known about the physical resources of the Niger Delta region, as well as the implications of their exploitation for the people of the region. Just as the natural resources are important for the development of the Niger Delta region, so…

Women Employees in the Informal Sector Kampala, Uganda

"The general purpose of the study is to assess the working conditions of the women employees in the informal sector. Specific: 1. To explore the nature of the employee-employer relationship and identify factors responsible for the various relation…

A Macroeconomic Demographic Model for Ethiopia: Specification, Estimation and Simulation

"The preceding simulation and estimation process showed that one can get some insight into economic demographic interactions, and that the use of demographic variables as policy instruments could yield a higher per capita income in general and per a…

Agriculture as an Engine of Growth and Poverty Reduction: What We Know and What We Need to Know

"One view, is that the agricultural sector is simply a reservoir of unemployed or underemployed labor, with low incomes and living standards, from which people must eventually be moved by economic growth in the non-agricultural economy. The alter…

Demography, Growth, Income Distribution and Poverty: A Survey of Interrelationships

"In this paper we reviewed the evidence on the interrelationship between demography, growth, income distribution and poverty. We suggested that at the macro level such interrelationships could be explored in the context of the standard money metri…

External Aid Inflows and the Real Exchange Rate in Ghana

"This paper develops an empirical model for Ghana’s real exchange rate with special focus on foreign aid. The novelty of this study is the interfacing of exports with a policy environment, using aid as proxy, to see how it affects export performanc…

Is Poverty a Binding Constraint on Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa?

"Is poverty a binding constraint on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa? The purpose of this paper is to look at the other direction of the nexus: the links from poverty to growth. The central argument is that the most promising directions for cou…

Multidimensional Spatial Poverty Comparisons in Cameroon

"This study finds its interest and credit in conceiving poverty from a multidimensional perspective. The purpose of the study is twofold: to address the issue of assigning arbitrary weights to poverty variables in the measurement of multidimensiona…

The Causal Effect of Health on Social and Economic Prosperity: Methods and Findings

"Socio-economic status (SES) and health go hand in hand: better off people tend to be in better health across the globe, within populations and over the life course. A critical review of both experimental and nonexperimental evidence indicates that,…

The Informal Economy, Economic Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

"This paper seeks to document the current state of affairs with respect to understanding how informality affects economic growth and poverty in SSA countries. It identifies various studies that have sought to show the relationship between economic g…

Final Report for African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Collaborative Research Project on Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: the Case of Sudan

"This project provides an in-depth case analysis of Chinese aid and development assistance as well as international aid to Sudan and explains that aid constitutes one of the key channels through which the impact of China economic growth are transmit…

A Study of the Potential Economic Effects of AIDS Some Preliminary Thoughts

"Given the current high rate of HIV/AIDS infection in Botswana, there seems a need to analyse its economic impact. This paper attempts to present some thoughts related to such a project. It should be understood, however, that the ideas presented ar…

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 wi…

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 a…

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 : pro…

Educational Background, Training and their Influence on Female Operated Informal Sector Enterprises

"Women form the majority of people who have non-formal or low-formal education and have limited access to formal sector employment. Sustaining informal sector enterprises often requires organisational skills in which women have little or no trainin…

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…

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