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Financing Primary Education for All: Public Expenditure and Education Outcomes in Botswana

"This report presents the Botswana findings from a research project aiming to explore the relationship between public education spending and education outcomes at the primary level in developing countries. The overall project has explored this relat…

Local Government Finances and Financial Management in Tanzania Observations from Six Councils, 2000-2003

"The major focus of the Formative Process Research Programme is to observe changes in local authorities in the provision of basic services to the public. Moreover, the research aims to analyse changes in local authorities’ capacity for financial ma…

Local Government Reform in Tanzania, 2002-2005: Summary of Research Findings on Governance, Finance and Service Delivery

"What impact has Tanzania’s Local Government Reform Programme had on local governance, finances and service delivery? Have there been any changes over time in the provision of basic services to the public? What factors may explain distinct improveme…

A Cautionary Tale of Zambia’s International Sovereign Bond Issuances

"In recent years, Zambia has been faced with the increased need to plug huge infrastructural gaps. However, the slowing down of bilateral and multilateral financing due to austerity measures in developed economies has made the country diversify it…

A Critical Review of the on Going Public Finance Management Reforms: Are the Reforms Yielding on the Expected Outcomes?

This policy brief investigated into the progress and impact of the on-going public finance management reforms undertaken by the MFPED since 2012/13. These reforms include the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA); upgrading the Integra…

2015/16 National Budget Analysis

"The briefing identifies key areas for further improvement towards a more result oriented growth path, given the current budget propositions. The briefing recommends that to enhance delivery on outcomes for budget support, more effort and rigour sho…

Integrated Results Based Management in Botswana: Institutions, Documentation and Progress to Date

"This paper analyses Botswana’s efforts at implementing the IRBM system. IRBM is a way of reforming public sectors through helping governments focus on proper, well-timed achievement of relevant goals and objectives. Such reform is carried out throu…

Financial Liberalization and Capital Flight: Evidence from the African Continent

"During the past decades, many countries experienced considerable capital flight. Residents moved their wealth abroad, using different ways to accumulate foreign assets. Since the 1990s, several of these countries reformed their domestic financial m…

BIDPA Annual Report 2012-2013

This annual report covers research activities on Trade and International Economics; Macroeconomic Modeling and Forecasting; Microeconomics; Incomes, Welfare and Poverty; and Public Sector Reforms. It then lists publications produced and presents aud…

Zambia's Employment Challenge

"Employment is the red thread throughout this issue in particular the ZIPAR Flagship project on “More and Better Jobs”. The issue highlights Zambia’s jobs’ challenge, how ZIPAR will help the Government respond to the scale of the challenge by drawin…

Illicit Financial Flows: Towards a more integrated approach for curbing Illicit Flows from Zimbabwe

"This study is an attempt to estimate the levels of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Zimbabwe’s Mining, Fisheries, Timber and Wildlife sectors, over the period 2009 to 2013. It seeks to assess the possible drivers of IFFs and the existing legal a…

Increasing Illicit Financial Flows in the Context of Declining Official Development Assistance

"In total it is estimated that Africa has lost an estimated US$528.9 billion between 2003 and 2012. This amount is one and half times more than the official development assistance of US$348.2 billion that the continent has received during the same p…

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2016

The Africa Growth Initiative and its colleagues discuss six overarching themes in this year’s Foresight Africa, that place Africa at this tipping point and give their views on what they perceive to be key areas for intervention to keep Africa on its…

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ghana

"The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been perhaps the worst health challenge in recent history killing approximately 22 million people. In 2005, 3.1 million people died of AIDS related illnesses; an estimated 2 million come from Sub-Saharan Africa. Significan…

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Malawi

"Malawi has experienced commendable results in as far as those macroeconomic indicators are concerned. The economy has stabilised with falling rates of inflation and a stable exchange rate. The appealing macroeconomic indicators notwithstanding, rat…

The Macroeconomic Framework & the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and Malawi

"HIV/AIDS has become a leading cause of death in the African continent. It not only constitutes a serious constraint to growth and stability of most African economies and societies, but has actually begun to destroy the hard-won development. Even co…

BRICS Development Bank: A new model for Africa

"During the fifth BRICS summit held in Durban, South Africa, from 26-27 March, 2013, the joint statement from the BRICS leaders announced that they have agreed to establish a New Development Bank. The idea of setting up a BRICS Development Bank as a…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation in Ghana: A Case Study

"This study is a critical assessment of the aid architecture in Ghana against the principles of performance set forth in the Paris Declaration. The study explores the fundamental policies that guide the process of aid management and the evaluation o…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Cameroon

"The aid harmonization process in Cameroon had a good start, even though it is subject to serious constraints linked to the weaknesses of the country’s strategies and institutions, which hinder the alignment on priorities, and national systems. But …

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation in Liberia: A Case Study

"This study is a critical assessment of how Liberia is implementing the desired mechanisms for improved effectiveness of aid. It seeks to determine how funds and knowledge are transmitted to Liberia and how recipients and donors are interacting in s…

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