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Housing policy in Ghana: Providing Incentives to Investors and Consumers

"A discussion of the housing market problems in Ghana must recognize the pervasive role of Government. Not only does Government exert an indirect influence generally on housing markets through tax policies, but it also exerts, in particular, a direc…

Opportunities First: A New Lens to Shape Priorities for Action in Middle-Income Countries

This report advocates a fundamental change in approach to entrenched poverty in middle-income developing countries by emphasising the ‘O’ rather than the ‘E’ of an equal opportunity ideal. Aspirations to social mobility and justice are more effec…

Reconsidering Rural Development: Using Livelihood Analysis to Examine Rural Development in the Former Homelands of South Africa

This report draws on livelihoods-based analysis, in order to examine rural development, and rural development policy, within South African’s former ‘homeland’ (or ‘bantustan’) communal areas. The report commences by describing the larger context o…

The Impact of an Unconditional Non-Contributory Cash Transfer Scheme on the Wellbeing of the Elderly in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Nigeria’s elderly population (65 and older) increased by 5.4 million between the end of the civil war in 1970 and 2010. It is projected to reach 11 million by 2025. An aging population is problematic because, in a country with a large informal sect…

Impact des politiques fiscale et d'emploi sur le secteur et la pauvreté au Cameroon / Impact of policies on tax and the employment sector and poverty in Cameroon

The objective of this study is to assess the impact of policies put in place by the government of Cameroon to combat both poverty and the predominance of the informal sector, as a phenomena inextricably linked. The researchers used modeling techniqu…

Gender Budgeting as a Tool for Poverty Reduction: Concepts, Practices and Capacity Implications

Gender budgeting is an application of gender mainstreaming in the budgetary process. It subsumes a gender-based assessment of budgets, incorporation of a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process, and restructuring of revenues and ex…

Situation Analysis of Child Poverty and Deprivation in Uganda

Poverty is different for children than for adults. This becomes very clear when we listen to children themselves talking about their experiences of poverty. The importance of effectively measuring child poverty is underlined by the fact that its im…

The Growth Agenda: Making South Africa More Labour Intensive

On 13 June 2018 CDE hosted a roundtable discussion on the critical questions of why economic activity in South Africa is not more labour-intensive given the vast number of jobless adults. What prevents employers from making use of the energies of mo…

Analyse de l’impact de la hausse mondiale des prix et des politiques de réponse du gouvernment sur la pauvreté / Analysis of the impact of the global rise in prices and government policy reforms on poverty

This research analyzes the impact of the rising food prices of 2008-2009 and the policy reforms implemented by Togo, on poverty, vulnerability, inequality and children. Using a partial equilibrium model and panel data, we show that the rising food…

Comparison of Welfare Status of Districts in Zambia

"In this paper we make welfare comparisons among districts of Zambia using multidimensional wellbeing indicators observed at the household level. The comparisons are conducted using a first order dominance approach developed by Arndt et al. It is as…

Study of the Incidence and Nature of Chronic Poverty and Development Policy in South Africa: An Overview

The purpose of this study is fourfold: first, to summarise the current state of knowledge about chronic poverty in South Africa; second, to describe the range of existing governmental and civil society initiatives which address chronic poverty…

Cape Town's African Poor

"The typical ‘face of poverty’ in South Africa is no longer that of a rural woman engaged in subsistence agricultural production. Poverty today also refers to the large number of unemployed men who wait daily in vain on street corners for a casual …

'Lived Poverty' can Inform Swazi Anti-poverty Efforts

Poverty continues to be a major challenge in Swaziland, exacerbated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Almost two-thirds (63%) of the Swazi population were living in severe poverty in 2012. While reported mild economic growth and declining poverty levels (Af…

Chronic and Structural Poverty in South Africa: Challenges for Action and Research

"Ten years after liberation, the persistence of poverty is one of the most important and urgent problems facing South Africa. This paper reflects on some of the findings based on research undertaken as part of the participation of the Programme for …

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

"Mozambique is committed to the fight against poverty. The Government has adopted a number of well-articulated plans for poverty reduction and growth. International development assistance plays a crucial role in Mozambique's fight against poverty. T…

An Assessment of the Progress made in the Implementation of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action on Aid Effectiveness: A Focus on Mutual Accountability and Democratic Ownership Principles: The Case of Uganda

"Sustainable development and poverty reduction remain a challenge for many countries. Development Aid among other things, remains a key tool in reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. The G8 summit in Gleneagles committed themselves …

Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa

"The Southern Africa Trust launched the initiative Creating Linkages Between Research, Advocacy and the Media for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa (‘Linkages’) in October 2010 to explore whether more effective civil society collaboration (particular…

The Roles of Civil Society in Localising the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have as from January 2016 replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be the main international mechanism for guiding development in all United Nations member states until 2030. These global goals con…

Features, Governance Characteristics and Policy Implications of Non‐State Social Protection in Africa: A Synthesis Report on Nine Studies in Six Countries

This report is a synthesis of nine case studies on the governance characteristics and policy implications of non-state social protection services in six countries in Africa—Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda. A key indicator of th…

A Political Economy Analysis of Social Protection Programmes in Botswana

"This study seeks to establish whether socio-economic, historical, political and institutional factors and actors support the drive or resistance to the SP policy and programmes, and whether this has any implications on its sustainability. A mixed d…

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