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International Trade and Emerging Markets Since the Crisis

"This paper attempts to make sense of the post-crisis state of play in international trade, by taking a forward look at emerging markets and global trade policy. After describing the political and economic context for international trade up to 200...

BIDPA Briefing Pension Funds

"The growth of contractual savings schemes such as pension funds and life assurance has been an important but relatively low profile development in Botswana's financial system over the past ten years. During the 1990s, contractual savings funds h...

The Logic of the B(R)ICSAM Model for G8 Reform

The BRICs model developed by Goldman Sachs in its publication, Dreaming With BRICs: The Path to 2050, has attracted some considerable attention.1 From an economic perspective, it has enormous attractions in lending attention to four countries (Bra...

Somalia: The Tough Part Is Ahead

Somalia’s Islamic Courts fell even more dramatically than they rose. In little more than a week in December 2006, Ethiopian and Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces killed hundreds of Islamist fighters and scattered the rest in a li...

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 scholar literature. What has not been well understood is the role of Chinese financial institutions in support of the coun...

Funding African Governance Institutions and Processes: Insights and Lessons

"This paper examines the financing of selected governance institutions in Africa, looking at national, continental and international levels and at the institutions and processes that assess, improve or incentivise governance. Specifically, anti-co...

Harnessing Zambia’s External Debt for Development

"In recent times there has been debate on Zambia’s steadily growing external debt. This comes in the wake of debt relief efforts of the Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) and Multilateral Debt Relief (MDR) initiatives which saw a reduction of th...

Financing African Infrastructure: Can the World Deliver ?

The lack of infrastructure is nowhere more crucial and potentially transformational than in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, major donors and multilateral institutions in collaboration with the World Bank investigated this challenge of addressing the ...

Benchmarking South Africa's Foreign Direct Investment Policy

"This policy insights paper examines South Africa’s proposed law on the promotion and protection of investment, and highlights the differences between this law and SADC’s regional approach as adopted by South Africa. It illuminates the problematic...

Aid Effectiveness: Trends and Impacts of Shifting Financial Flows to Civil Society Organisations in Southern Africa

Significant changes are taking place in the global aid architecture. A number of efforts are also being made to mobilise additional development finance and to make aid more effective in reducing poverty.The report notes that civil society has a cr...

Climate Finance: Lessons from Rwanda

"Developed countries have made little progress in providing climate finance for the transition towards low emission and climate adaptive development pathways in developing countries. It is expected that a new legal agreement on climate finance wil...

Design and Analysis of a 1 MW Grid-connected Solar PV System in Ghana

This study is being conducted with the aim of developing a standard procedure for the design of large-scale institutional grid-connected solar PV (Photovoltaic) systems using the roofs of buildings and car parks.The study is necessary because Ghan...

The effectiveness of Foreign Aid beyond Busan: Case Studies Zambia, Ghana and Mozambique

"The overall objective of this research is to influence African governments and donors to put in place mechanisms for aid effectiveness and sustainable development by 2015. The research identifies processes taking place to support implementation o...

The Scope, Role and Impact of Publicly Supported Private Finance on Development and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Case of Rwanda and Zambia

"The research reviewed and analysed the scope, role and impact of Publicly Supported Private Finance (PSPF) provided by Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) and bilateral donors to the private sector and their contribution to development and ...

New Development Bank: Moving the BRICS From an Acronym to an Institution

"The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) is set to issue its first loans in the second quarter of 2016. The bank, the latest addition to the global development finance landscape, was initiated due to a number of factors in emerging economies. One of ...

Capital Flight and External Debt in Nigeria

"This study concentrates on capital flight and external debt in Nigeria. The study will focus on the definition, magnitude, determinants, mechanisms and consequences of capital flight. The analysis will also explore the possible measureable asse...

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...

Dynamic Inter-Links Among the Exchange Rate, Price Level and Terms of Trade in a Managed Floating Exchange Rate System: The Case of Ghana

"This study examined the dynamic inter-relationships among domestic price level, nominal exchange rate, terms of trade of cocoa, bank rate, domestic credit and foreign exchange reserves using the cointegration, vector error correction (VEC) and ve...

Facing the Global Financial Crisis - Policy Lessons from Small Mauritius

"The objective of the paper therefore is to assess the case of a small island developing state like Mauritius where government has attempted to mitigate the negative consequences of the global economic crisis through an appropriate policy mix. So...

Financial Deepening, Economic Growth and Development: Evidence from Selected Sub-Saharan African Countries

"This study identifies the range of financial assets that can adequately approximate financial deepening,which simply means an increase in the supply of financial assets in the economy. FD is represented by two variables, the degree of financial i...

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