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Risks to Global Trade and Implications for South Africa's Economy and Policy

The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented globalisation of trade in goods and services. This process has been driven, inter alia, by technology, ideology and the availability of relatively cheap energy. By extrapolating this trend, on...

Comanagement of Natural Resources: Local Learning for Poverty Reduction

In the past two decades we have seen dramatic developments in the understanding of equitable and sustainable natural resource management. These have been informed and backed by innovation and research, not least that supported by IDRC, Canada's In...

Managing the Monster: Urban Waste and Governance in Africa

This work is the product of comparative research on governance and urban waste in Africa carried out by four teams of researchers in four major cities in Africa: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in francophone West Africa; Ibadan, Nigeria, in anglophone We...

The Implications of China's Ascendancy for Africa

China's spectacular economic progress has led some security analysts and policy makers in the North and the South to question Beijing's intentions in other parts of the world. This paper examines the extent to which China's engagement with Africa ...

Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Forestry Governance in the DRC

This case study on forestry governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) forms part of a three-year project entitled Strengthening the Governance of Africa’s Natural Resources, conducted by the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (G...

BRIC and IBSA Forums: Neo-liberals in Disguise or Champions of the South?

South–South co-operation has existed for many decades and has played a key role in solidifying unity among developing countries. However, the concept of South–South co-operation has evolved from being concerned with geopolitics and opposing imperi...

Rio to Jo'burg and Beyond The world summit on sustainable development

"This report focuses on the history of sustainable development, international attempts to create and focus attention on this important issue, and prospects for the post-Johannesburg era. It is divided into three sections: First, the historical bac...

Africa’s Emerging Global Partnerships Their Implications for the Continent’s Development Aspirations

"Important changes have been occurring in the ill-defined area of partnership in Africa, mainly in the context of the African Union’s quest for development as well as peace and security on the continent. The purpose of this paper is to identify a...

Gestion Communautaire Durable et Décisions Nationales d’aménagement Administratif et Territorial Le Cas de la Réserve Communautaire : la Somone / Sustainable Community Planning and Administrative and Territorial Decisions The Case of the National Communi

"The pilot project aimed at the collaborative and decentralised management of the community managed nature reserve of La Somone (RNICS) could, in light of its achievements (economic, ecological, and social), serve as a model to be replicated throu...

The OAU/AU at 50 : Democratic Governance as a Precondition for a Sustainable African Future

"The 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU), previously the Organisation for African Unity (OAU), in May 2013 provided a fitting moment for the continental body to reflect on its achievements, challenges and the way forward. When compared wit...

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Water Sector: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report

"This thematic brief summarises the key findings of the report relevant to water resources, and water management. It draws exclusively on material from SREX. It includes an assessment of the science and the implications for society and sustainable...

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Health Sector: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report

"This thematic brief summarises the key findings of the report relevant to health. It includes an assessment of the science and the implications for society and sustainable development. This brief seeks to highlight key thematic findings and lear...

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Agriculture Sector: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report

"This thematic brief summarises the key findings of the report relevant to the agricultural sector. The agricultural sector is amongst those sectors most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and weather extremes, not least because of its de...

Africa's Extractive Governance Architecture: Lessons to Inform a Shifting Agenda

"Careful reflection is needed in examining options for streamlining and capacitating the myriad Africa-led initiatives that have emerged recently in the area of resource governance. The best known among them – the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) and i...

Governing Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa Building Public Confidence and Capacity for Policy-making

"Persistent poor agricultural production and rising food insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa have brought into sharp focus the role of modern agricultural biotechnology in human development. Growing food insecurity in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozam...

Bioenergy Policy Review in Tanzania

"Biofuel is a fast growing sector in Tanzania. some companies are acquiring big tracts of land, some up to 400 000 hectares for growing biofuel crops. It is believed that the country has a reserve of 88 million hectares for agriculture. The govern...

Biofuels Investment and Community Land Tenure in Tanzania: The Case of Bioshape, Kilwa District

"The main objective of this report is to examine the outcomes and impacts that arise from the withdrawal or bankruptcy of a large-scale, land-based investment in Tanzania, and to use this evidence to draw insights for policy and practice around l...

On the Future Africa Wants: The Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

"This Policy & Practice Brief critically discusses the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda against lessons learnt from operationalisation of the MDGs, particularly in light of the fact that a truly humanist future is ...

The Constant Quest for Solutions through Dialogue and Consensus in Rwanda: The Mechanisms for Dialogue and Consensus

"Following the devastating Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, Rwanda has deliberately set out to build a society that is socially cohesive and makes the good life possible for all. It has aimed not just to overcome sectarian divides but for econo...

Revamping Artisanal Gold Mining in Zimbabwe to Catalyse Poverty Reduction

"This briefing discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by the artisanal gold mining sector in Zimbabwe. It reflects on the measures needed to promote artisanal miners’ contribution to sustainable development, economic growth and pove...

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