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BIDPA Newsletter December 2010

"In this newsletter, BIDPA welcomes a new Executive Director; BIDPA & World Bank Co-host ICT dialogue; there is an Open Budget Index – Botswana launch; Regional project - FOPRISA winds up; and BIDPA hosts ‘SACU at 100 Years’ Commemoration. Also incl…

A Strategy for Agricultural Statistics in Ghana

"Agriculture is the backbone of the Ghanaian economy. It plays an important role in the socioeconomic development of Ghana as it contributes to ensuring food security, provides raw materials for local industries, generates foreign exchange, and pr…

Exploring Strategic Priorities for Regional Agricultural R&D Investments in East and Central Africa

"Agriculture plays a dominant role in nearly all the countries of East and Central Africa, and many face similar agroecological, climatic, and development challenges. As a result, significant scale economies can be made through the regionalization o…

A.P.P.A. is born: A Commentary

"The following commentary is on the 'Resolution of Lagos' unanimously adopted and the Communique issued at the end of the inaugural conference, they will be viewed in the context of the international political economy of the hydrocarbon industry. Fu…

SAIIA Annual Report for the Year 1970

This annual report reviews membership, conferences, publications, branch activities, visitors, the library, the department of international relations and finance. It also gives a list of main speakers and topics at a conference in June 1970, a list …

SAIIA Annual Report for the Year 1971

This annual report reviews membership, a symposium, a conference, newsletter and occasional papers, branch activities, visitors, the library, the department of international relations and finance. It also gives a list of main speakers and topics at …

Report of the National Chairman

This report’s introduction comprises of the Change in Southern Africa and how the independence of neighbouring states affected South Africa, the Role of the Institute, Branches of the Institute, Co-operation in Africa and Overseas, Honorary Fellows …

SAIIA Activities, 1996-98

This update gives a background to the South African Institute of International Affairs’ activities from 1996 to 1998 and its future vision. It shows of highlights amongst their recent programmes, its expanded functions and enhanced capacity.

Strengthening Linkages Between Policy Research and Policy Making for Sustainable Development in Africa

"This book volume presents key papers on the subject drawn from the conference presentations, workshops and the commissioned papers. All the authors present a common position on the need to strengthen the links amongst the disparate but mutually re…

Integrated Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation into Policy-Oriented Research : Lessons from CSVR's Urban Violence Project

"This report reflects on the design and implementation of an LME plan for a policy-oriented and community based research project, identifying the benefits and challenges of conducting LME in such a research context and sharing lessons learnt in the…

Africa Capacity Report 2017: Building Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa's Transformation

African countries have shown their interest and willingness to strive for science, technology, and innovation (STI)-led development in the coming years.This Report shows that capacity in its various dimensions, though improving, remains a problem …

The Autocratic Trust Bias: Politically Sensitive Survey Items and Self-censorhip

Because of a perceived risk of repressive action, some survey questions are likely sensitive in more autocratic countries while less so in more democratic countries. Yet survey data on potentially sensitive topics are frequently used in comparativ…

Viewing Society From Space: Image-based Sociocultural Prediction Models

Applying new analytic methods to imagery data offers the potential to dramatically expand the information available for human geography. Satellite imagery can yield detailed local information about physical infrastructure, which we exploit for ana…

Capacity Development for Higher Education in Africa: The Role of Capacity Building Institutions

This paper looks at the challenges facing Africa and investigates the role played by capacity development, giving particular attention to higher education systems. Key in the consideration of policies reviewed in the paper is the role of tertiary ed…

African Valleys and the Geopolitics of Innovation: Reality, Potential and Challenges

In a globalized world, the ability of countries to innovate is crucial to creating high levels of value added and enhancing economic competitiveness. Silicon Valley, USA, is a development model that many African countries seek to emulate by creating…

Géopolitique de l’innovation et African Valley : Réalité, Potentiel et défis / African Valleys and the Geopolitics of Innovation: Reality, Potential and Challenges

In a globalized world, the ability of countries to innovate is crucial to creating high levels of value added and enhancing economic competitiveness. Silicon Valley, USA, is a development model that many African countries seek to emulate by creating…

Towards Effective Public-Private Partnerships in Research and Innovation: A Perspective for African Science Granting Councils

In order to enhance the role of public-private partnerships in socio-economic development and in support of regional development agenda such as the STISA 2024, issues of public-private partnerships in research and innovation have been carefully expl…

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD): The Process Revisited

Six years ago, the World Bank and the Food and Agricultural Organization set up a consultative process to find out whether an international assessment of agricultural knowledge science and technology (AKST) was needed. The IAASTD was launched in Sep…

BIDPA Newsletter December 2014

"In 2014 the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis continued to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development space. Over the years BIDPA has consolidated its position as a recognised think tank, and this was yet another year o…

SECURE Health News, Issue 2, Feb - July 2015

SECURE Health draws attention to research non-use at a Health Scientific Conference in Kenya. It talks of evidence-informed policymaking training for technocrats in the ministries of health and parliaments in Kenya and Malawi. Other topics discussed…

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