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Other Facets no 35

‘The Kimberley Process Derails Over Zimbabwe - NGOs Walk Out of Kinshasa KP Meeting, Consider Options’ states that for the first time in the Kimberley Process’s almost decade-long life span, civil society not only walked out of a meeting, but expres…

Norms, Networks, Power and Control: Understanding Informal Payments and Brokerage in Cross-border Trade in Sierra Leone

Governance practices in peripheral regions of low-income countries often diverge dramatically from statutory rules, with actual governance often representing a hybrid of formal rules and informal practices that are often highly normalized and widely…

Pathways to Climate Resilient Livelihoods in the KAZA TFCA

The Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) has a dual economy. Tourism – the most lucrative economic activity that the area’s conservation status allows – attracts a secure, if seasonal, income. Meanwhile, many of the almost …

Developments in Paperless Trade: Implications for Zambia's Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders

The Trade Facilitation Agreement is an important regulatory framework designed to promote efficiency and predictability in international trade, specifically with respect to the clearance, release and movement of goods. Information and communication …

Divided they Fall: Frontiers, Borderlands and Stability in North Africa

Smuggling has historically been a solution for Maghrebi states, ensuring stability in often marginalised areas. This has changed in recent years, with increasingly securitised policies being put in place. These policies have had a significantly nega…

Trade, Productivity and Competitiveness

This policy brief aims at assessing the trade development and competitiveness of Tanzania by assessing the productivity of its firms against the background of further integration into the East African Community (EAC). The note addresses both the exp…

Africa Continental Free Trade Area: How will it Benefit Cross Border Traders?

This Policy Brief seeks to outline the potential benefits the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) presents to cross border traders (CBT). The paper is informed by analysis of the founding documents of the AfCFTA; published research pape…

Oil Boom and Cross-border Agricultural Trade in Central Africa

This study explored the impact of an oil boom on agricultural exports based on the gravity model and panel data for 1995 to 2013. We found that oil rent plays a major role in cross-border trade between Cameroon and other Economic and Monetary Commun…

Stories from the COVID-19 2021: COVID Response Impact Stories

The outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to adversely impact all socio-economic sectors. Worldwide, countries are battling with high rates of morbidity and mortality, unprecedented economic contraction, and recession. Productiv…

In Zimbabwe, Citizens Call for Free Cross-border Movement and Open Trade

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state” as well as “the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country”. And th…

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