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Capacity in Graduate Economics Training in South Africa: An AERC Study

"The purpose of the study is to contribute to economics research capacity development in South Africa by informing AERC's institutional strategy. The study examines existing and planned research capacity, identifies priority macroeconomic research i…

Environmental, Social and Economic Development Issues in Zambia's Third Republic

"This report comprises 9 papers. The first paper by Dr Laurence Mukuka, argues that poverty analysis and reduction in Zambia is generally misconceived because of lack of adequate understanding of its real causes and vision. In the second paper Dr He…

Measuring and Monitoring Progress towards good Governance in Africa: The African Governance Report II (AGRII)

"The overall objective of the governance project is to monitor the progress of African states towards good governance. The objectives therefore are to monitor the country's progress towards good governance, through examination of political represent…

BIDPA Annual Report 1997 - 1998

"Institution Building - the main theme of the two first years of BIDPA's existence - has faded. The institute is now up to full planned strength and now occupy the entire space available on the fourth floor of Tshomarelo house. Research and capacity…

BIDPA Annual Report 1999/2000

"The end of the financial year 1999/2000 marks the end of BIDPA's fifth year of operation. There has been an increase in the demand for BIDPA's services regionally, which is an indication that the Institute's reputation and visibility is gaining rec…

Capacity Building and Training for Peace Operations and Conflict Resolution in East Africa

"In East Africa there are five important regional actors involved in peace and conflict management: the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Community (EAC), The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa …

Working Together for REDD+: Developing a National Readiness Strategy in Tanzania

"A global REDD+ mechanism presents valuable opportunities for developing countries to manage their forests sustainably and alleviate poverty. Tanzania stands to benefit significantly from the funding and support provided by the implementation of RE…

Could ICT be the Solution to Woo Youth to Agriculture?

"Agriculture still remains the backbone of Kenya’s economy sustaining over 75% of the homesteads in the country. It accounts for 27% of Kenya’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 60% of the total export earnings as well as 45% of government revenue…

Policy and Institutional Changes for Promoting Investment of Remittances in Kenya’s Agricultural Sector - Report

"There are many investment opportunities in Kenya's agricultural sector and other sectors of the economy, especially in rural areas. Taken from a value chain approach, vast opportunities exist in crop and livestock production, in provision of agri-s…

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 1

"This quarterly newsletter takes a look at tax evasion still being a challenge in Zambia, enhancing export performance in Zambia and innovative ways of bridging the financial gap for the poor. The cover story "Lusaka needs Public Transport Reforms"…

Building the Capacity of Grassroots Networks to Enhance their Understanding of Climate Change Policy Processes: Lessons from Capacity Strengthening in the Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change

The objectives of this study are twofold. On the one hand it is attempting to demonstrate the importance of capacity building in Civil Society Organisations with regard to understanding climate change policy processes. CSO's can reach a large number…

BIDPA Newsletter December 2007

"The publication of the newsletter is one of BIDPA’s many efforts to disseminate research finding to its stakeholders and create awareness of critical socio-economic development issues at both the macro and micro levels. In this issue the following…

South Africa's Foreign Policy: Striving towards Mandela’s Ideals

"In January 2013, before the temporary ceasefire between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Seleka rebels, followed by the resumption of warfare in March, South Africa deployed an estimated 200 paratroopers as part of a bil…

The African Union Panel of the Wise: Strengthening Relations with Similar Regional Mechanisms

"This report captures the essence of presentations and discussions, as well as recommendations that emerged from the inaugural High Level Retreat of the AU PW. The first part assesses the state of peace and security in Africa, while part two pro…

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2002

"This special issue on peacekeeping comes two years, almost to the month, after the release of a report from the panel of experts on United Nations peace operations – the so-called Brahimi Report. In this issue, we look at what progress has been mad…

Capacity Building and Skills Development as Prime Mechanisms for Africa's Socio-economic Transformation: Lessons from ACBF's Interventions

This paper draws on the extant literature and experiences of selected ACBF-supported interventions to examine the importance of capacity building and skills development for Africa’s socio-economic transformation. There is now ample agreement that i…

Capacity Issues in the Formulation and Implementation of the Next Generation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

Although economic growth is widely acknowledged to be crucial for poverty reduction and for sustaining development, efforts aimed at tackling these challenges in Africa did not, for a long time, yield the desired results. The decade of the 1980s w…

Capacity Building for Promoting Trade and Investment in Africa

It is common cause that improved trade and investment hold out promise for attaining higher economic growth and greater gains in the fight against poverty, indeed, for the attainment of the millennium development goals. International development e…

Climate-smart Agriculture in Namibia

Cattle play a vital role in the agricultural economy of Namibia. As one of the driest countries on the planet, crop production is second to livestock in importance due to the presence of perennial grass species which are resistant to moisture stress…

Climate-smart Agriculture in Zambia

The agricultural sector has a dual structure, wherein large commercial farms co-exist with scattered smallholder agricultural households. The Zambian agriculture sector comprises crops, livestock and fisheries. The country's staple crop and most cu…

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