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Democratic Progress and Regress: How can Elections in Africa Nurture Human Security and Better Livelihoods?

"Three separate topics in this paper are addressed together. Conflict and peace are omnipresent conditions of human existence. The link between elections, security and development is therefore an important domain. It is customary to consider stabil…

Rio +20 : Proposals for the African Sustainable Development Agenda

"This policy brief aims at identifying the potential African positions during the Rio+20 negotiations. It provides an overview of the existing international commitments reached during the different sustainable development summits and events. It…

Ecohealth Research in Practice: Innovative Applications of an Ecosystem Approach to Health

"This book is about doing innovative research to achieve sustainable and equitable change in people’s health and well-being through improved interactions with the environment. It presents experiences from the field of ecosystem approaches to heal…

CSR Practice in the DRC’s Mining Sector by Chinese Firms

"Two distinctly different kinds of Chinese activities occur in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): state-led, large-scale investment financed by China Export-Import(EXIM) Bank; and private investment in mineral processing, t…

African Enfranchisement in Global Climate Change Negotiations

"African states are likely to be severely affected by climate change and have a major stake in the development of a fair, effective and accountable system of climate governance. Historically, delegations from Africa have faced challenges to partici…

Raising Productivity and Reducing the Risks of Household Enterprises in Rwanda

"Rwanda’s economic development goals include providing full and productive employment to the labor force, and ensuring that poorer households, along with the rich, benefit from economic growth. This requires raising the productivity of all sectors o…

Real and Outstanding Developments Related to the Nile

"As experts from Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt met to discuss an under-construction Ethiopian hydropower project, a Wikileaks report stated that Egyptian authorities reached an agreement with Khartoum to build an airbase in Sudan, to launch attacks on E…

The Global Food Crisis and the Challenge of Food Security

"The issue of food security has risen dramatically on the international agenda culminating in the Food Crisis Summit, June 2008. This policy brief proceeds from the premise that in addressing the rising price of food against the background of climat…

Poverty Reduction through Cost Effective Agriculture Growth Options

"This brief is excerpted from AIAE Research Paper 6 (Cost effective agriculture growth options for poverty reduction in Nigeria: Evidence and Policy implications.)This study raised certain policy issues that must be assessed and addressed by the sta…

Food Price Volatility in Africa. Has it Really Increased?

"The food price crisis of 2007–2008 and recent resurgence of food prices have focused increasing attention on the causes and consequences of food price volatility in international food markets and the developing world, particularly in Africa south o…

Evidence on Key Policies for African Agricultural Growth

"It is widely agreed that reducing poverty in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) depends largely on stimulating growth in agriculture. To this end, heads of state in Africa rallied to form the pan-African Comprehensive African Agriculture Development …

MRV of Non GHG Aspects of Mitigation Actions: Developing an Approach in the South African Context

"Climate change mitigation actions compete with other developmental actions for scarce resources, however climate change mitigation and sustainable development should not be seen as mutually exclusive or competing objectives. Mitigation actions in d…

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development Relevance to Negotiations and Actions on Climate Change

"This paper reflects on the basis and relevance of equitable access to sustainable development (EASD) in the UNFCCC negotiations and on the various perspectives and approaches to achieve fairness in the implementation of the Convention. It neither a…

China’s Role in Infrastructure Development in Botswana

"Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is often characterised as a major success story on the continent. Consistent economic growth, effective democratic institutions and strong forward planning contribute to the country’s overall reput…

Securing a Social Licence to Operate? From Stone Age to New Age Mining in Tanzania

"Part I of this report presents a comprehensive overview of the mining sector in Tanzania from inception of the country’s 1997 Mineral Policy. Part II is a case study of the largest mining company operating in Tanzania, the Canadian-based Barrick Go…

Africa's Evolving governance Architecture: Reflections on the African Peer Review Mechanism

"This paper examines two facets of this maturing mechanism. Firstly, how does the APRM relate to its progenitors, the AU and NEPAD, and other governance initiatives beyond the continent, as part of this evolving governance architecture? Secondly, wh…

The Impact of Climate Change in Africa

"This paper is concerned with the fact that African nations are among the lightest polluters, yet analysts say they will suffer the most from climate change in their pursuit of water and food security, sustainable development, and political and econ…

The Nile: Is it a Curse or Blessing?

"Historical, economic and political factors are converging to reduce the potential for water development in the upper riparian states of the Nile. In short, unless basin-wide development planning is considered a viable solution to conflict resoluti…

African Futures 2050 The Next Forty Years

"With this monograph the ISS and the Pardee Center for International Futures combines the deep and wide knowledge of Africa within the ISS with extensive use of the IFs modelling system, this discussion looks across most major issue arenas:demograp…

Climate Change and Natural Resources Conflicts in Africa

"The conference aims to address a number of questions such as: How vulnerable are the economies of Africa to the impact of climate variability and change? How are national and regional institutions preparing to adapt to the impact of climate variabi…

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