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COP 17 and Civil Society: The Centre did not Hold

The aim of the paper was to explore how civil society in South Africa organized to achieve an ‘impact’ on COP 17. There are two ways in which impact is defined, Firstly, what impact was achieved on the COP 17 negotiations? Secondly, how did the wor…

Regional Integration: Challenges of Regional Integration for Poverty Reduction

The objective of this report was to look at innovative approaches to the challenges pertaining to regional integration for poverty reduction. The discussion concentrated on the regional integration status in the SADC region. It came to the conclusio…

Survive and Advance The Economics of Smuggling Refugees and Migrants into Europe

An unprecedented number of refugees and migrants have been driven to Europe due to violent conflicts, terrorism, long-standing repressive regimes, chronic poverty and inequality. Those making the journey are assisted by an increasingly violent and o…

Africa-Brazil Relations in the Context of Global Changes

Several policy recommendations were made in this document with a view to elevating the strategic posture of the Africa-Brazil relations in the context of changes in the balance of power internationally and Africa’s pursuit of strategic partnerships …

How can we make Aid to Civil Society Organisations more Effective in Overcoming Poverty?

"In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, in particular, aid volume to civil society is increasing substantially but is difficult to quantify due to the limited classification of aid by donors as it relates to the definition of …

Human Rights and Social Cohesion : The State of Play

Zimbabwe’s economic decline as well as the effect that it had on the residents world view and value system as a whole is profound. A highly unpredictable environment was created where most individuals and communities, being unaware of where their ne…

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2016

The Africa Growth Initiative and its colleagues discuss six overarching themes in this year’s Foresight Africa, that place Africa at this tipping point and give their views on what they perceive to be key areas for intervention to keep Africa on its…

Climate Change and Adaptation Measures in Northern Nigeria: Empirical Situation and Policy Implications

The major aim of this research project was to access the incidence of climate change and indigenous innovative adaptive measures in northern Nigeria. The specific objectives of the study were to: examine the level of awareness of climate change i…

Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in West Africa: The Case of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia

Despite international efforts, poverty has become more widespread in many countries in the last decade, making poverty reduction the core challenge for development in the 21st century.The incidences of food insecurity and poverty are particularly …

Who will Feed the Poor? The Future of Food Security for Southern Africa

"This paper examines “the state of food security in southern Africa”, in terms of the availability of, access to and affordability of food, particularly among the most vulnerable in society. We examine regional food consumption and production in r…

Comprendre les Changements dans l’accès et l’Utilisation de la Terre par les Populations Rurales Pauvres en Afrique Subsaharienne : Cas du Sénégal / Understanding Changes in Access to Land and Land use by the Rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Senegale

The main aim of this research is to improve the understanding of the evolution of access to land and land use by rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa including Senegal. The results of the research will be used to feed the design and implementatio…

Africa's Growth Dividend? Lived Poverty Drops Across Much of the Continent

"Though Africa has recorded high levels of economic growth over the past decade, previous Afrobarometer surveys of citizens found little evidence that this growth had reduced levels of poverty in any consistent way. However, new data from Afrobarome…

Where to Start? Aligning Sustainable Development Goals with Citizen Priorities

"Based on new data gathered in 2014 and 2015 from across 32 African countries, unemployment and health top the list of problems that Africans want their governments to address. For increased government investment in key policy sectors, citizens’ top…

Poverty and Environmental Degradation in the Lagos Metropolis

The environmental problems confronting the Lagos Metropolis is examined in this paper. The problems are both natural and man-made and can be grouped into physical, sociological and management. After describing the phenomena of poverty and environmen…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation in Ghana: A Case Study

"This study is a critical assessment of the aid architecture in Ghana against the principles of performance set forth in the Paris Declaration. The study explores the fundamental policies that guide the process of aid management and the evaluation o…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Malawi

"The purpose of this study is to identify stumbling blocks to effective aid delivery, donor practices that create a burden on the Malawi Government in terms of ownership, transaction costs, institutional capacity, as well as identify possible benefi…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Uganda

"Given that Uganda has received massive donor aid and implemented donor-engineered policies, poverty remains a jigger to the flesh of Uganda's development. The study aims at examining donor-partner mechanisms and ascertaining the progress thus far a…

Rising Middle Classes in India, Brazil and South Africa: What is Happening and What are the Implications

The rise of the middle class in emerging democracies is an important global issue. An expanding and large middle class is vital for inclusion and stability, especially in developing countries with many poor and excluded people. However, comparativ…

Middle Classes of India, Kenya and South Africa

"India, Kenya and South Africa are all grappling with the challenge of generating inclusive growth and radically reducing poverty. India has, over the past decade, perhaps been the most successful, generating an average increase in Gross Domestic Pr…

South Africa and the Pursuit of Inclusive Growth

"This first report focuses on South Africa. It begins with a brief history of South African democracy, describing how the core features of South Africa’s democratic system were established following the transition from apartheid. The report then …

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