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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 …

Examining Nigeria's Learning Crisis: Can Communities be Mobilized to take Action?

Policy design and interventions in basic education were, until recently, unduly focused on increasing school enrollment in developing countries, with little attention on improving the quality of learning. Using two states in Nigeria – Lagos and Kano…

Analytical Brief on Social Sector Budget 2018: ‘A Mirage in the Social Sector budget’

As Zambia continues on its recovery path, Social Sectors spending remain cardinal to providing both increased and good quality services to its increasing population. The level of resources allocated to these sectors through the National Budget is th…

Investir sur le capital humain: Education et Santé / Investing in Human Capital: Education and Health

Development strategies and policies have always sought to identify the key variable to accelerate wealth creation and thus raise the well being of populations. The focus has been put on the accumulation of physical capital, labor, natural resources…

Examining Evidence of Feminization of Poverty in Botswana

"Poverty in Botswana is more pronounced in female-headed households (FHHs) especially those residing in rural areas where employment opportunities are limited. Similarly, the proportion of the FHHs to the total poor increased between 2002/03 and 20…

Perspectives on Poverty in Swaziland: Historical and Contemporary Forms. Report of Swaziland National Workshop

"OSSREA and the local organisers chose the theme of poverty for the current workshop because this demonstrated an awareness of serious problems facing, not only Swaziland, but also many countries in the region. The papers presented at the workshop …

The Role of Social Science Research in the Social, Political and Economic Transformation in Kenya Report of Kenya National Workshop

"The first paper by Prof. Khanna of Moi University entitled Scientific and Industrial Research and Development in Kenya contends that scientific and industrial research must progress simultaneously and that industrial research cannot be done without…

Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania. Report of Tanzania National Workshop

"The purpose of the paper is to assess the relevance and limitation of economic measures and indicators in gauging poverty alleviation. Regarding CPIs, which make use of prices and quantities of selected commodities, the paper stresses that their re…

Environmental, Social and Economic Development Issues in Zambia's Third Republic. Report of Zambia National Workshop.

"The first paper argues that poverty analysis and reduction in Zambia is generally misconceived because of lack of adequate understanding of its real causes and vision.In the second paper on Prediction of Agricultural Production Using Census Data, D…

The Perceived Nature and Extent of Gender Discrimination in the Teaching Profession in Botswana

"This study is designed with three objectives. First, it provides micro-level data that would facilitate a more complete understanding of the nature and extent of gender inequalities and the processes producing them in the modern (formal) workplace…

Nigeria's Graduate Training Opportunities in Economics

"This study on Nigeria aimed to analyze responses to the detailed questionnaire on the current state of graduate education, and the possible means of strenghthening it in a collaborative fashion. Also, to specify the modalities for strengthening MSc…

The Determinants of School Attendance and Attainment in Ghana: A Gender Perspective

"This study examines the determinants of school attendance and attainment in Ghana with a view to deriving implications for policy direction. The effect of household resources on current school attendance is higher for daughters than it is for sons…

Knowledge Empowers Africa: The Benefits of Increased Investment in Education

"While many African countries will not meet the MDG's for education, performance across the continent is mixed. Some have dramatically increased enrolment rates across all levels of education. This policy brief asks the questions 'What if enrolment …

Environmental, Social and Economic Development Issues in Zambia's Third Republic

"This report comprises 9 papers. The first paper by Dr Laurence Mukuka, argues that poverty analysis and reduction in Zambia is generally misconceived because of lack of adequate understanding of its real causes and vision. In the second paper Dr He…

Restructuring higher education: For what? And how will we measure success?

Several speakers attended this debate at the CDE. Some of the opinions voiced were: Mrs Bradley emphasised the point that South Africa was not producing enough high-quality graduates to set the country on a growth path.Professor Mthembu stressed the…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 6 No 1

This paper features 4 articles. The first article attempts to assess the universal theme of 'confession' as it appears in two Anglo-Indian novels, namely A.K. Naryan's The Guide and B.Bhattacharya's He Who Rides a Tiger. In the second article the pa…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 8 No 1

The bulletin discussed several workshops and training sessions hosted by OSSREA. Four feature articles discussed the following: Evaluation of the Impact of Agricultural Recovery Programmes on Communal Farming Productivity in Mudavanhu Ward 12 of Mas…

South Korea's education and skills development: Some lesson for Africa

"This report focuses on the phenomenal educational success of South Korea since the 1960s.The paper is divided into four parts. First, I look at the essential cultural and historical elements and assess the place of education in Korean thought and …

Bringing Together High Level Thinkers and Leaders for Policy Dialogue on South Africa's Future

"The Minister’s presentation was on the new government’s vision and agenda for transforming post-schooling education in South Africa. Minister Nzimande identified a number of key challenges for the education sector in South Africa namely, Building …

Doubling for Growth Addressing the Maths and Science Challenge in South Africa’s Schools

"This report provides an updated review of the state of maths and science schooling and a revised set of recommendations for increasing its output over the next few years, as the first phase of a broader strategy to improve the South African educa…

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