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Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Asia, Latin America and Africa Final Report

This report is based on a series of 15 international case studies conducted between September and November 2008 under a joint initiative of FAO and the PISCES Energy Research Programme Consortium funded by DFID. The case studies focused on developin…

Is Zimbabwe Prepared to Reap the Benefits from BRICs Investments?

Equitability and sustainability should be exercised when natural resources are exploited. Diamond mining at Anjin has, to a large extent, revealed worst mining practices have been revealed, to a large extent, at the mining of diamonds at Anjin. The…

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2014

In ‘Beheadings and the News Media: Why Some Conflict Atrocities Receive More Coverage than Others’ although major changes have occurred in the dissemination of news, there is no question that the news media retains an exceptionally powerful role in …

Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda - A Consultation with Civil Society

This report provides a detailed account of regional civil society perspectives on barriers to sustainable development and recommendations for overcoming them. Through quotations and summaries of the discussions and written submissions, it focuses on…

Conflict Trends Issue 1 2015

‘Egypt in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: What Lies Ahead?’ highlights some of the main security, economic and foreign policy challenges facing the Al-Sisi government. ‘The Democratic Transition in Tunisia: A Success Story in the Making’, portray…

The Green Growth Platform: Inspiring a Green Approach to Development

Economic growth is essential for Africa’s development. In order to ensure sustainability and inclusivity, this growth must not compromise human well-being, social equity or the environment. In Africa generally and in Tanzania, there is growing awar…

What Role for Natural Resources in Botswana's Quest for Economic Diversification?

"Botswana is typically perceived as a development anomaly on the continent. With a stable democracy and strong economic growth since 1966, the country’s success is in danger of being taken for granted. Diamond revenues are likely to decline in th…

The Intricate Road to Development: Government Development Strategies in the Pastoral Areas of the Horn of Africa

"Pastoralism is a livelihood strategy and a system of mobile livestock production that makes wide-ranging use of grazing lands in arid and semi-arid environment that doesn’t uphold sustainable crop cultivation. The freedom of mobility over outsized …

Safeguarding Africa's Natural Heritage: The Case of Mining in Protected Areas

"Protected areas (PAs) are conservation management tools designed to safeguard the world’s most threatened species and protect essential ecosystem services and biological resources. Today 200 000 PAs, including national parks and indigenous and com…

From Natural Resource Dependence to Diversified Economies: An Agenda for Future Research

"This paper has argued that Africa’s recent growth episode is encouraging on some levels, but substantial questions remain over governance quality, uneven improvement in social indicators and the volatility of resource concentrated growth. Improved…

Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa From Concept to Practice

"This book attempts to summarize the experiences of farmers, researchers, and development workers, and policy and decision-makers who have interacted with AHI on the theme of Integrated Natural Resource Management in the humid highlands of eastern …

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 will …

Silencing the Guns, Owning the Future: Realising a Conflict-free Africa

"This report summarises the deliberations held during the high-level meeting, and its outcomes. Efforts are made to contextualise the discussions that occurred by providing information on overarching processes and developments that informed the gath…

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…

Chain of Custody Tracking Baseline Evaluation Rwanda

"This Baseline Evaluation assesses the tracking mechanisms deployed on three Rwandese supply chains: Chain of Custody 1: Rutongo Mines to Phoenix Metal Export (who has partially deployed the Met Trak tracking system, as well as the ITSCI system); C…

The Revenue Costs and Benefits of Foreign Direct Investment in the Extractive Industry in Malawi: The Case of Kayelekera Uranium Mine

"Natural resources have the potential to transform national economies in developing countries towards pro-poor and sustainable development if properly managed. In the absence of sound policies and procedures governing natural resources, mineral reso…

What has Tax Got to Do with Development Mozambique A Critical Look at Mozambique's Tax System

"The report takes a closer look at the relationship between taxation and development in Mozambique by examining the various complexities surrounding taxation as a development finance mechanism in Mozambique including the current tax framework, the a…

Resources and Development The Role of the State in Sub-Saharan Africa

The perverse and inverse relationship between wealth in natural resources and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa is being analyzed in this paper. It analyzes the linkages between these two factors and the attributes of the dominant economic…

Appropriate Protection, Promotion and Access to Benefit-sharing of Traditional Herbal Medicinal Knowledge in Uganda

"Traditional Knowledge in Uganda as exemplified through traditional herbal medicine enjoys national patronage by individuals. It is acknowledged that this knowledge is passed on from generation to generation. The current and modern regimes on intell…

Analysis of Traditional Healers in Lesotho: Implications on Intellectual Property Systems

"Traditional healers in Lesotho and other African countries have since pre-historic times played a major role in primary health care, counseling and the rituals performed for different purposes in the society. Traditional healers in the past had the…

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