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Housing policy in Ghana: Providing Incentives to Investors and Consumers

"A discussion of the housing market problems in Ghana must recognize the pervasive role of Government. Not only does Government exert an indirect influence generally on housing markets through tax policies, but it also exerts, in particular, a direc…

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part II: Social And Infrastructure Dimensions

"After rebasing in 2010, Ghana’s per capita GDP rose to Middle-Income Country (MIC) level as defined by the World Bank. The per capita income measure is, however, seen to be too narrow as it does not even include key economic indicators let alone im…

China's African Infrastructure Projects: A Tool in Reshaping Global Norms

"The resilience of China’s investments in African infrastructure has been called into question in the light of its own economic slowdown. The substantial reduction in Chinese demand for African commodities has resulted in a significant drop in commo…

Leveraging African Pension Funds for Financing Infrastructure Development

The key issues surrounding pension funds -is explored in this report, which serves as a source of financing for African infrastructure. The report begins by providing an overview of the gaps in African infrastructure, as well as the financial resour…

Survey of the Capacity Needs of Africa's Regional Economic Communities and Strategies for Addressing them

The second Capacity Survey of the Regional Economic Communities in Africa aims to reassess the capacity needs of the eight RECs in African Union (AU) member states in line with their new strategic thrusts and prospective development imperatives. It …

Infrastructure Development and Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Toward a Framework for Capacity Enhancement

"Of the world’s developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa has the worst infrastructure deficit, with studies pointing to lost growth opportunities. This study presents in one document information previously dispersed on the region’s infrastructure stoc…

Public-Private Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies for Policymakers 2017

PPPs for infrastructure involves the private sector in designing, building, financing and operating public infrastructure in sectors such as power generation, transportation, utilities, social infrastructure and government accommodation. Unlike priv…

Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation: Senegal Country Case Study

Since the late 1990s it has become a priority of Senegal to reduce inequality and poverty. The catalysts are the structural adjustment policies, which have had disastrous consequences on the living conditions of populations. The policies undertaken…

Tanzania's Transport Hub: What Prospects for Regional Trade and Local Economic Development?

This paper analyses investment in transport infrastructure in Tanzania, in terms of its ability to foster regional economic integration and drive sustainable economic growth that spills over into local communities. It first examines the relevant leg…

Promoting Dialogue on South Africa's Regional Integration Role in Southern Africa

The main focus of the two public dialogues – “South Africa’s Corporate Expansion in Southern Africa”, and “Powerful Trade Unions: South African Drivers of Regional Economic Growth?” – interrogated the political economy of Southern Africa and discu…

Africa and Global Commodity Markets: from Cyclical Realities to Structural Challenges

In June 2017, the second Annual Report on Commodity Analytics and Dynamics In Africa (Arcadia report) was published, in collaboration between the OCP Policy Center and CyclOpe. Its aim is to annually report on the evolution of the economic, legal, f…

Fluctuations in Emerging Economies: Regional and Global Factors

This paper sought to investigate the reasons why fluctuations are larger in emerging economies than developed economies. It finds that it is also the case that fluctuations differ from one region to the other. The central assumption that guided this…

Exploring Collaboration between MDBs and National Entities on Environmental and Social Safeguards: The Case of South Africa and Ethiopia

This paper explores the way in which various actors cooperate in effectively implementing environmental and social safeguards measures on infrastructure projects financed by multilateral development banks (MDBs). It first sets the policy context, wh…

Building the future Infrastructure in Nigeria until 2040

This report first compares access levels to basic physical infrastructure in Nigeria with those in relevant income peers in Africa and globally, and analyses how these are likely to evolve to 2040 along the current development trajectory (referred t…

Mining and Petroleum Development and Public Spending Policies in Niger: A Dynamic Calculable General Equilibrium Analysis

This paper is also available in French: Développement minier et pétrolier et politiques de dépenses publiques au Niger : une analyse en équilibre général calculable dynamique. This study analyzes public spending options from mining and oil resourc…

Regional Integration Policies to Support Job Creation for Africa's Burgeoning Youth Population

Africa is going through a youth bulge with more people under 25 than above 50 in all of it's countries. Creating opportunities for the burgeoning number of youth is a challenge that cannot be solved only at the country level. Regional integration po…

A Guide to Mining Taxation in Zambia

"With some of the worst poverty statistics in Africa, Zambia appears to have little to show for a century of mining. While much work has been undertaken on mining taxation in Zambia, it has been quite technical in nature. This is out of reach of mos…

The Impact of Trading With China on Botswana's Economy

"The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of trading with China on Botswana’s domestic and third markets. The paper also assesses the structure and magnitude of Botswana-China bilateral trade. Botswana’s trade balance with China has been…

Inadequate Access, Poor Government Performance make Water a Top Priority in Africa

"According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 748 million people do not have access to improved drinking water, including 325 million in sub-Saharan Africa. About 2.5 billion people live without improved sanitation (WHO, 2014). These …

Building Bridges out of Poverty How can Infrastructure Development Strengthen Regional Integration to Overcome Poverty in Southern Africa?

"This policy brief looks at the potential of southern Africa’s regional infrastructure interventions to achieve the overall objective to provide support to regional integration and contribute to poverty eradication. It also identifies knowledge and …

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