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Derailed: Transport Politics in Southern Africa

"In December 1986 the Botswana Government announced its decision to suspend indefinitely its projected take-over of a section of the railways from Zimbabwe because of a stalemate over a new train exchange arrangement with the Governments of Zimbabwe…

Border Economies: Bottlenecks or Growth Zones?

Land borders in the SADC region are critical zones for unlocking economic development, regional value chains and trade. The Beitbridge and Chirundu border posts represent important links in the North–South Corridor and are vital in both regional d…

Cross-Border Trade and Food Security in the Ethiopia-Djibouti and Ethiopia-Somalia Borderlands

"Trade between countries in the Horn of Africa is largely unofficial and unrecorded. The recent recorded data show that Ethiopia's trade with its neighboring countries is very little and is limited to some manufactured imports from Kenya and vegeta…

Estimating the Informal Cross-border Trade in Central Africa

Cameroon is the largest trading partner of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) countries. Despite belonging to the same sub-regional organization, the formal trade ties between Cameroon and its neighbours have been hampe…

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Border Communities: The Case of Chipinge - Zimbabwe

This Policy and Practice Brief (PPB) discusses the implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on border communities, principally in relation to border controls by governments and trans-border activities by community members living close to …

Impact of the COVID-19 on Women Cross-Border Traders in Malawi

This study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women cross-border traders in Malawi uses both a desktop review of women cross-border trade and a semi-structured questionnaire. The study examined the impact of COVID-19 on the women cross-border…

Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women Cross Border Traders in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Eswatini like the rest of the world has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus Eswatini has taken measures such as closing borders to contain the spread of the virus. These border closures and…

Report on the Impact of COVD-19 Pandemic on Women Informal Cross-border Traders in Zambia

In January, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Corona virus (COVID-19), a global public health emergency. In response to the WHO pronouncement, the government of Zambia, governments of Zambia’s neighbouring countries,…

Women Traders in East Africa: The Case Study of the Busia One Stop Border Post

Across the continent, African countries are implementing various projects to improve intraregional trade, with a specific focus on improved trade facilitation and the constraints that impede cross-border trade. Efforts have focused on ensuring impro…

Cross-border Infrastructure Cooperation in the Horn of Africa (HoA) Region

Regional transport infrastructure provide linkage with global supply chains and distribution networks. Likewise, regional power infrastructure allows access to reliable and competitive power for businesses, households and public services. Although t…

AfSol Journal: Journal of African-centered Solutions in Peace and Security, Special Edition

COVID-19 began as a shared global challenge in need of international action and solidarity. In some areas, Africa’s response to the pandemic has been hampered by failure to build resilient social systems, agile institutions, and inclusive economic g…

South Africans Endorse Self-Reliant Development but Question Free Trade and Loan Conditionalities

On the international stage, South Africa is often viewed as the gateway to Africa. The country is a relatively stable democracy with a sophisticated financial services industry that attracts global investment, making it an economic powerhouse in the…

Beyond Borders? Africans prefer Self-reliant Development, Remain Skeptical of Free Trade and Open Borders - Revised

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) opened for business on January 1, 2021, promising opportunities for people from all socio-economic strata to share in economic growth in the world’s largest free-trade zone. Signed by 54 African count…

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