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Les Organisations Paysannes Senegalaises dans les Negociations Commerciales / Senegalese Farmers' Organizations and Trade Negotiations

"Despite there having been no Economic Partnership Agreements (APE) negotiated between the European Union and West African (AO) countries by the end of January 2010, Senegal nonetheless benefits from APE Agreements signed at the Lomé Convention of...

Brazil-Africa Technical Co-operation: Structure, Achievements and Cahllenges

"Increasingly, Brazil is regarded both within and outside of Africa as a reliable development partner. In addition to the advantage of a greater cultural and linguistic proximity, significant geographical affinities give Brazil an edge over its ...

SA Democracy Incorporated Corporate Fronts and Political Party Funding

"The purpose of this research paper was to identify possible sources of private funding to South Africa’s political parties, beyond the annual state allocation, which are potentially corrupting and/or subverting the will of the electorate. The lac...

BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 2005

"The Briefing discusses the concept of outsourcing and provides a step by step guide to outsourcing. The need to have in place a solid contract management arrangement to avert conflict is stressed. Government recognizes the need for encouraging co...

Algeria's Economy: The Vicious Circle of Oil and Violence

The crisis in Algeria, now a decade old, is not merely a consequence of the interruption of the December 1991 elections by an army-backed coup to keep the Front Islamique du Salut (FIS: Islamic Salvation Front) from power. It is also an economic c...

Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell

Excerpt: "The Nigerian government’s 4 June 2008 decision to replace the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) as operator of oil concessions in Ogoni areas offers an opportunity for ending one of the longest-running conflicts between a multin...

Lifting the veil: Exploring the transparency of Canadian companies

"Improving transparency amongst companies and governments has become an important international issue. Transparency is a critical tool that can reduce corruption and improve revenue governance in countries with abundant resources. Information is...

Banking on Africa: Chinese Financial Institutions and Africa

The Chinese drive into the resource sector in Africa has already received much attention in the media and, increasingly, in scholarly literature. What has not been well understood is the role of Chinese financial institutions in support of the cou...

China, India and African Manufacturing Framework for Understanding the Impact of Aid and Migration

"This paper attempts to analyse two variables that are not regularly considered when discussing the impact of China and India on African manufacturing: Aid and migration. The two are among the channels through which China and India affect African...

Corporate Governance Mechanisms and Firm Financial Performance in Nigeria

"This study aims to provide additional insights into the relationship between governance mechanisms and firm financial performance in Nigeria. The article focuses on the five dimensions of corporate governance,abstracting from other dimensions suc...

Determinants of the Capital Structure of Ghanaian Firms

"This study compares the capital structures of publicly quoted firms, large unquoted firms, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana. Using a panel regression model, the paper also examines the determinants of capital structure decisions...

Policy Seminar on Competition, Productivity and Privatisation: Summary Report

"This report is a summary of proceedings and presentations during a policy seminar on "Competition, Productivity and Privatisation" organised by Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) and Botswana National Productivity Centre (...

Summary of Lessons Learned from the Four Years of Uganda Business Climate Surveys

The Business Climate Index (BCI) has been produced by the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) for Uganda, since June 2012. It reflects the perceptions of Ugandan business managers on the current and near future (expected three months ahead) b...

Suivi de la Demographie des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises au Cameroun une Analyse des Performances de la Reforme des CFCE 2010-2015 / Monitoring the Demography of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Cameroon an Analysis of the Reform Performance of C

This study reflected on the bilateral analysis of SMEs, which was created through the CFCEs during the period 2010-2015. It also aimed to assess the contribution of the reform on the CFCEs on national economic development. The methodological appr...

The Improving Global Outlook and Morocco

Global economic growth is likely to improve in 2016 compared to 2015's lacklustre outcome. The slow recovery in the United States and Europe is likely to continue. However, weakness in China as well as several large emerging markets, and sluggis...

Impact of Internationalization on Firm Performance in Botswana

Internationalization can affect a firm’s performance. This study determines how a firm’s engagement in international business activities affects its performance in Botswana. The study uses the Ordinary Least Squares method to regress firm perform...

Unexploited potential: A critical review of policies supporting the self-employed in Zambia

"The employment challenge – creating more jobs and improving the quality of existing jobs – is one of Zambia’s biggest. Over the past decade Zambia has recorded unprecedented economic growth rates, but this has not translated into significant job ...

Extra-ECOWAS Trade and Investment Flows: Any Evidence of Business Cycles Transmission?

The effects of merchandise trade and investment flows - is investigated in this study - with regards to the transmission of business cycles between members of ECOWAS and the major trading partners between 1985 and 2014. Total trade and FDI signifi...

Note Rapide de Politique Economique / Brief Notes on Economic Policy

This study sheds light on current events from a structural based analysis, to guide with the economic policy measures in the rescue of private companies. The document begins with the following headline: Closing of private investment activities. Ho...

Women in Corporate Boards in Africa: Beyond Tokenism

Women are under-represented on corporate boards and other leadership structures in Africa. This problem is a reflection of the historical disadvantages and gender inequalities women face. The status quo is, however, ironic given the relatively l...

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