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What Ails the Young? Insights into Africa's Youth from the African Peer Review Mechanism

"Examining the state of Africa’s youth primarily through the lens of the reports compiled through the African Peer Review Mechanism – Africa’s innovative governance assessment system – this paper discusses two primary sets of challenges. The first o…

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part II: Social And Infrastructure Dimensions

"After rebasing in 2010, Ghana’s per capita GDP rose to Middle-Income Country (MIC) level as defined by the World Bank. The per capita income measure is, however, seen to be too narrow as it does not even include key economic indicators let alone im…

The Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Budget and Country Ownership

"National budgets are essentially vehicles for the implementation of the aspirations, goals and objectives of a nation. Such aspirations find expression in national plans. Prior to 2001, the Ghana Vision 2020 document encapsulated the government's s…

The Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative: Processes And Issues

"This paper analyzes the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries' Initiative (HIPC) with a focus on the experiences of countries such as Uganda and Bolivia that have had the most experience with the program. It was written at a time when Ghana was consideri…

Local Food Geographies The Nature and Extent of Food Insecurity in South Africa

"Food insecurity is a challenge for most countries in the Global South. South Africa is no exception - a significant proportion of its population still remains in poverty and is therefore vulnerable to food insecurity. This paper argues that althoug…

Confronting the Challenge of Development, Environmental Management and Peace Building in Nigeria's Niger Delta: Beyond the Amnesty

This edition focus on reporting the key issues of the international workshop which confronted the challenges of development, environmental management and peace building in the Niger Delta: Beyond the Amnesty. It then presents recommendations for the…

Disrupting Cycles of Violence in Africa Unlocking Complex Dimensions of Human Security

Complex dimensions of human security is unlocked when the matrix of domination is disrupted, that feeds the systemic inequality and poverty in violence ridden societies. Self-reproducing cycles of chronic violence, driven by a multifaceted combinati…

Unlocking Africa’s Potential: The Relationship between Effective Governance and Poverty

Extreme Poverty is defined by the World Bank as a ‘condition of life so characterized by malnutrition, illiteracy and disease as to be beneath any reasonable definition of human decency’. This paper addresses this issue and uses US$1.90 per person p…

Patterns and Determinants of Livestock Farmers’ Choice of Marketing Channels: Micro-level Evidence

This paper investigates the patterns and determinants of smallholder livestock farmer’s market participation, as well as the market channel choice using a micro-lever survey data from Ethiopia. Binary logit and multinomial logit models have been app…

Potential of Coffee to Uplift People out of Poverty in Northern Uganda

The study's objective was to analyze the potential of expanding coffee production in Uganda, and the resultant poverty reduction effect. The study, specifically examined the contribution of coffee production towards poverty reduction. The direct wel…

Releve de Conclusions de l'Atelier Technique de Renforcement des Capacites sur le Theme - Dialogue Interparts, Gouvernance des Ressources Naturelles et Transformation Socio Economique des Pays d’Afrique Centrale / Summary of Conclusions of the Technical W

The Technical Capacity Building Workshop on Inter-Party Dialogue, Governance of Natural Resources and Socio-Economic Transformation of Central African Countries was held from 14 to 15 November 2016 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, under the Chairm…

Recounting the Miseries of the Poor - A Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Zambia

The approach of this report is multi dimensional in nature, which means it considers additional poverty indicators alongside the traditional income approach. Therefore the report highlights some of the important aspects of human needs and the exten…

Vulnerability in Employment: Evidence from South Africa

The high levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa, have led to an emphasis on jobs as a solution to these problems. The subject of job creation in South Africa, is at the forefront of the most important economic policy documents, ever sinc…

High Poverty Levels in the Face of Sustainable Economic Growth in Zambia

The highlights of this report are mainly as follows: Unprecedented growth was recorded in Zambia for more than a decade after recording an average growth rate of 7.2 % per annum. Growth over this period was achieved by a combination of factors which…

No Country Left Behind : The Case for Focusing Greater Attention on the World's Poorest Countries

In the global pursuit of poverty reduction, a minority of countries risks being left behind, both in terms of their levels of deprivation and in the way global progress is accounted for. This suggests that the “leave no-one behind” principle, origi…

Gender Analysis for Sustainable Livelihoods and Participatory Governance in Rwanda

This report presents a gender analysis for sustainable livelihoods and participatory governance in Rwanda, in order to inform Oxfam’s Country Strategy programmes. Oxfam’s work in Rwanda is focused on two interlinked pillars – sustainable livelihood…

Enhancing Food and Nutrition Security in a Corporate-Dominated Food System

"South Africa faces a ‘dual burden’ of malnutrition, with persistent under-nutrition coinciding with rising rates of diet-related NCDs (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers). According to a recent national survey, 54% of households nat…

Improving the Productivity of Small Scale Cassava Farmers in Nigeria's Niger Delta through Participatory Action Research

In order to improve the productivity of small scale farmers and be successful in these endeavours, the introduction of new and modern farming techniques is essential to push for the increase both on the land and labour productivity. Modern and imp…

Survey Report on Key Socio Economic and Governance Issues in Ghana - Main Report

The IEA Socio-Economic and Governance Surveys, seeks the opinion of the public on socio-economic and governance issues including people’s living conditions, government’s performance in addressing key socio-economic challenges, peace and security, fr…

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend : The Future We Want for Zambia

This study report showed that Zambia can harness a sizeable demographic dividend. Zambia should adopt policies and prioritize investments aimed at accelerating fertility reduction through voluntary and rights based interventions and education to ope…

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