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Socio-economic Problems Facing Africa: Insights from six APRM Country Review Reports

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) tries to identify both problems facing participating countries and solutions to these problems. This paper seeks to identify common socio-economic development problems revealed in six African countries th...

The Struggle for Jobs: Evidence from the South African Young Persons Survey

"Entitled The South African Young Persons Survey (SAYPS), and conducted between July and November 2006, this ground-breaking study traced the histories of more than 1 000 young people – almost all of them African – between the ages of 20 and 3...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, July 2005

This issue of eAfrica includes articles on the cost of AIDS for Africa, and the care taking of AIDS orphans. 'Cote d’Ivoire : warning signs of another Rwanda' is looking at the peace building capacity of Cote d’Ivoire. The last articles cover the...

Has Trade Liberalization in South Africa Affected Men and Women Differently?

"Trade liberalization is a central part of South Africa’s post-Apartheid development strategy. However, despite considerable reforms, the country has failed to generate pro-poor growth, with both unemployment and inequality worsening over the las...

A Tangled Web The Perceived Influence of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Legislation on Corporate Social Investment in South Africa

This paper examines the perceived role of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) legislation and it’s Codes of Good Practice on the nature, scope, extent and reach of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) in South Africa. Key findings, in...

Rendering South Africa Undesirable: A Critique of Refugee and Informal Sector Policy

To understand the policy environment within which refugees establish and operate their enterprises in South Africa’s informal sector, this report brings together two streams of policy analysis. The first concerns the changing refugee policies and ...

Can Development Interventions Help Post-conflict Communities Build Social Cohesion? The Case of the Liberia Millennium Villages

"This paper evaluates the efforts of one international development intervention — the Kokoyah Millennium Villages Project (KMVP) — to improve welfare and build social cohesion in post-conflict Liberia. This study is based on a preliminary analysis...

Advancing Africa's Position on Global Climate Finance

"This briefing examines what Africa can do to secure predictability of climate finance as a means of leading a breakthrough. It suggests that innovation and credibility are pivotal to resolving the challenge. It examines what Africa can do, both ...

Private Sector and Enterprise Development Fostering Growth in the Middle East and North Africa

Much has been written about the political, economic and social dimensions and challenges of the Middle East and North Africa. These works cover the situation in different combinations of countries in the region depending on how they chose to def...

Shocks, Livestock Asset Dymanics and Social Capital in Ethiopia

"This paper uses household survey panel data of 416 rural households to study livestock asset dynamics in the north-east of Ethiopia. The period under examination (1996-2003) was marked by severe environmental shocks, including a series of drough...

Defining Smallholders Agriculture in Ghana: Who are smallholders, what do they do and how are they linked with markets?

"Smallholders in Ghana, as elsewhere, are widely considered to be the largest as well as the most vulnerable component of the rural sector. Ghana professes national development objectives of reducing rural poverty through the increased productivi...

Women Entrepreneurship in Tanzania: Entry and Performance Barriers

"The overall objective of this study was to identify social, cultural and economic factors that hinder or limit women’s entry into entrepreneurship in Tanzania and those that adversely affect their performance. "

Impacts of Interventions in Bee-keeping and Irrigation on Household Welfare in the Kerio Basin Development lone, Kenya

"The Primary purpose of this study was to examine the impact of interventions in bee-keeping and irrigation on household welfare in the Kerio Basin Development Zone. Specifically, the study has analysed four main areas of impacts: employment-creat...

A Strategy for Graduate Training In Economics for Africans

"Three principal conclusions were drawn from the research : 1)research programmes needed to take account, through appropriate adjustments in modalities and procedures of a deteriorating environment. Below subsistence salaries, increased teaching a...

Capacity in Graduate Economics Training in South Africa: An AERC Study

"The purpose of the study is to contribute to economics research capacity development in South Africa by informing AERC's institutional strategy. The study examines existing and planned research capacity, identifies priority macroeconomic research...

Evaluating the Impact of Health Programmes

"This paper has two broad objectives. The first objective is broadly methodological and deals with some of the more pertinent estimation issues one should be aware of when studying the impact of health status on economic outcomes. We discuss some ...

Zimbabwe's Current Socio-Economic and Political Situation: Challenges and Prospects

"The papers focused mainly on social, economic, political and cultural aspects, both at national and regional levels. The main issues raised during the workshop include: Inequality among social classes and how polarization of these classes contrib...

Recent Developments in Econometric Methods: An Application to the Demand for Money in Kenya

"The purpose of the paper is twofold: the first objective is to survey the main developments in econometric thinking and to outline the key concepts of what has been called the LSE/Oxford methodology. Secondly, the more important aspect of the pap...

National Workshop on Indigenisation of the Zimbabwe Economy: Problems and Prospects 18 - 19 August 1994

"By elaborating on the impact of colonialism and the present state of the Zimbabwean economy in terms of ownership and control, the evidence on the need for redress of past injustices was provided by most of the papers. Thus there is consensus on...

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...

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