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Integrating Employment Creation and Skills Development : The Case of Expanded Public Works Programmes in South Africa

"The major driver of unemployment in South Africa is the lack of skills and experience among the unemployed population. This policy brief sets out to investigate the impact of the training provided by the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) on em…

Sustainable Development Planning in South Africa: a Case of Over-Strategizing?

"Cross-governmental planning and coordinating policies are among the main challenges for sustainable, low carbon development. Why is sustainable development planning so ineffective? How can governments plan and coordinate public policy interventions…

The Real Project Failure Factors and the Effect of Culture on Project Management in Ghana

"This study identifies the general reasons why projects fail in Ghana and the effect of culture on project management in a multi-cultural society like Ghana. The study is based on the assumption that cultural differences play a leading role in the e…

Contribution of Informal Businesses to Private Sector Development: A CaseStudy of the Central Region of Liberia

"The objective of the study is to assess the overall performance of IBs in order to determine their contribution to private sector-based economic interventions that are aimed at national socio-economic development in Liberia, using the CRL as a case…

Effets des Privatisations Camerounaises et Necessite d'une Redefinition du role des Parties Prenantes / Effects of Privatization and Cameroonian Need for Redefining the Role of Stakeholders

"20 years after the start of the privatization process occurred in Cameroon, we can ask questions about the real impact. The objective of this study is to analyze the effects of privatization of public enterprises in Cameroon regarding performance a…

Urbanization for National Development in Ethiopia

"In the preceding pages, we started our discussion with a description of the role and characteristics of urban centers, explored the status and conditions of our cities, and projected our vision of what they would be like in 2020, suggesting along t…

The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa

"Since it began in prehistoric times, pastoralism in Africa has been a story of perpetual movement by cattle and their herders, who have adapted to the region’s climatic and security constraints over thousands of years. In Central Africa, transhuman…

Profile of Women's Socio Economic Status in Kenya

"This study presents a socio-economic profile of women in Kenya. The analysis shows that there is low female representation in post primary education, formal employment, enterprise ownership outside wholesale and retail trade, and political decisio…

Reducing Poverty in Africa Realistic Targets for the Post-2015 MDGs and Agenda 2063

A key component of the post-2015 MDG process is the eradication of extreme poverty and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This paper uses the International Futures forecasting system to explore this goal and finds that many African states are unlikely…

Cities of Hope Young People and Opportunity in South Africa’s Cities

"Historically, urbanisation has been linked with industrialisation, which has both facilitated cities’ growth and depended on it. Cities have also made possible the efficient delivery of all kinds of services — energy, water, health, education, fina…

The (Missing) Link : Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty

"The purpose of this paper, that focuses on the gaps between poverty reduction and climate mitigation, is fourfold: The first task is to remind us why, even under conditions of extreme poverty, climate mitigation cannot be ignored or overlooked. Se…

International Migration, Remittances and Poverty Alleviation in Ethiopia

"The paper explores the impact of international remittances on the Ethiopian economy and on the livelihoods and welfare of households. It uses macroeconomic data and data from the Ethiopian urban household survey. It was found that remittance shocks…

Why Strategic Foresight Matters for Africa

Africa has experienced great transition and change over the past five decades. Many positive developments are taking shape on the continent. Overall, human development is improving, conflict has declined and sustained economic growth presents genui…

Uganda's Progress Towards Poverty Reduction during the last Decade 2002/3-2012/13 : Is the Gap Between Leading and Lagging Areas Widening or Narrowing?

"The paper has demonstrated that Uganda has continued to register significant reduction in poverty based on the data drawn from repeated cross-sectional household surveys, but at slower rates of reduction with significant regional disparities. The …

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Moyo District Council Score-Card Report 2012/2013

"The objective of this report is to provide information and analysis based on the assessment conducted during FY 2012/13. The assessment reviewed documents on planning and budgeting, service delivery monitoring, and Moyo District Local Government pe…

Afrique : Les Revers de l'Urbanisation / Africa : The Other Side of Urbanisation

Urbanization is one of the major changes faced by the continent since independence. At the beginning of the 1960's, only 15% of the African population lived in the urban workplace. However, in 2009, nearly 40% of Africans now reside in the city. So…

IDH et Performance Comparative de l'Economie Burkinabe dans la CEDEAO : Reflexions Theoretique et Implications Empiriques / The HDI and the Comparative Performance of the Economy in Burkina Faso in the ECOWAS: Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Implica

Burkina Faso experienced a reasonable amount of socio- political stability since the adoption of the 1991 Constitution. This stability added to efforts to clean up the business climate has enabled the country to achieve a significant performance. Th…

Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) Development in Ethiopia: Policies, Performances, Constraints and Prospects

No significant studies have been conducted on the importance of SMEs in the national economy. Having identified the research gap, a study entitled ‘’Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) Development in Ethiopia: Policies, Performances, Constraints and …

Towards a Sustainable Development Diplomacy: A Case Study of Freedom, Politics, Policy and Communication in South Africa

The main aim of this paper is to revisit what is meant by development and to ask what sort of diplomacy is required to pursue a development agenda. The development diplomacy is reconceptualised in this argument, drawing upon economist Amartya Sen’s…

Policy Brief on 2014 / 15 Imihigo Evaluation

This policy brief specifically aims to highlight some of the key findings from the FY 2014- 15 Imihigo evaluation that assessed the performance made against the targets set for both the central and local government. It is clear that Imihigo play a …

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