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Flagship Project: More and Better Jobs

"Despite high levels of economic growth Zambia is at risk of a jobs crisis. Economic growth averaged 7.9% between 2007 and 2013, but formal sector jobs have only increased by 3.4%. Responding to this challenge is perhaps the country’s biggest priori…

Looking Back, Moving Forward : A Regional Synthesis Report of Beijing +20 Reviews from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Rwanda and Uganda

Four of the twelve thematic areas of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)is addressed in this report notably, Women and poverty, Women and economy, Violence against women and Women in power and decision-making. The review focuses on the four theme…

The Chinese Model of Infrastructure Development in Africa

Africa is in dire need of infrastructural development. It is a key step in providing a competitive business environment for African economies. It provides the backbone for poverty reduction strategies and programmes designed to improve the livelihoo…

2015/16 National Budget Analysis

"The briefing identifies key areas for further improvement towards a more result oriented growth path, given the current budget propositions. The briefing recommends that to enhance delivery on outcomes for budget support, more effort and rigour sho…

Capital Flight and Economic Development in Africa

"This paper takes a broad approach to the analyses and implications of capital flight for economic growth and development in Africa. It provides an overview of why capital flight constrains and undermines economic growth and development in Africa be…

Capital Flight and Poverty Reduction in Africa

"This paper investigates the impact of capital flight on poverty reduction through the investment and growth channel. It uses two approaches. First, the Incremental Capital-Output Ratio (ICOR) approach is used to estimate additional income that woul…

1) Nature and Magnitude of Land Acquisitions in Tanzania: Analyzing Role of Different Actors Key Trends and Drivers in Land Acquisitions and 2) Land Leasing for Large-Scale Agricultural Investment in Tanzania: Processes, Opportunities and Challenges

"In the past decade, Tanzania, in an effort to achieving higher economic growth and poverty reduction, has been leasing large tracts of land to foreign investors for large-scale agricultural investment. The premise behind this trend is that large-sc…

Non-State Social Protection in Ethiopia: Characteristics and Dimensions

The contribution of Non-State Social Protection (NSSP), with a long history in Ethiopia, has not been systematically researched and recognized. The primary objective of this study therefore, is to investigate the characteristics and dimensions of N…

Confronting the "Triple Challenge" Findings on Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment from Afrobarometer Surveys in South Africa

"Unemployment, crime, and poverty were consistently cited as the top three national problems that government should address between 2000 and 2011. In 2011, the majority of respondents were optimistic about government’s ability to address unemploymen…

Socio Economic Factors of Early Childhood Mortality in Ethiopia : Evidence from Demographic and Health Survey

The rates of childhood mortality are important summary indicators of social development, quality of life, overall health, maternal health and welfare. Childhood deaths are primarily caused by preventable and communicable diseases and poor coverage o…

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 …

Corporate Social Responsibility in South Africa's Mining Industry: An Assessment

"The corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda has been a part of the global debate on socio-economic development for many decades. Countless claims have been made that CSR can contribute towards more inclusive development and the alleviation of …

Turning Vision into Reality: Namibia's long term Development Outlook

This paper uses the International Futures (IFs) forecasting system, which first presents a plausible long-term population forecast for Namibia. This forecast is then used to assess key targets from the National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 203…

BIDPA Annual Report 2012-2013

This annual report covers research activities on Trade and International Economics; Macroeconomic Modeling and Forecasting; Microeconomics; Incomes, Welfare and Poverty; and Public Sector Reforms. It then lists publications produced and presents aud…

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2015

‘Appraising the Efficacy of SADC in Resolving the 2014 Lesotho Conflict: Progress and Prospects’ presents an assessment of the efficacy of SADC’s intervention to resolve the Lesotho crisis, progress made so far and prospects for restoring peace and …

Developing the Capacity and Improving Access of Small-Scale Farmers to Low Cost Artificial Substrate Mushroom Cultivation in South-Eastern Nigeria

"Low cost artificial substrate mushroom production and marketing hold some potential to create wealth and reduce poverty among small-scale farmers as well as improve nutritional status of households’ members. It offers a way to mitigate the effects …

Ending the Age of the Marginal Majority An Exploration of Strategies to Overcome Youth Exclusion, Vulnerability and Violence in Southern Africa

This research is a starting point for understanding youth violence regionally. What became clear in the research process was the complexity of youth violence, particularly when a holistic approach is taken to the issues that underpin its manifestati…

Labour and Unemployment in South Africa: Notes Towards a “Grand Bargain”

"The problematic is very clear: high unemployment, high inequality and low growth, combined with a lack of consensus on what to do. The last point is important. There is no shortage of specific actual policies and interventions, as well as specific…

Environmental Taxation & Development: A scoping Study

Increasing environmental pressures across a range of dimensions is being faced by developing countries. Simultaneously, the capacity of these governments to effectively pursue policy goals is often constrained by a lack of resources, with tax revenu…

Africa’s Wealthy Give Back: A Perspective on Philanthropic Giving by Wealthy Africans in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a Focus on Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Over the last few years, the emergence of more strategic philanthropy was perceived, the growth of formal vehicles for its practice, and the rise of new platforms that reflect African voices. There is also a growing interest to better understand Afr…

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