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Flagship Project: More and Better Jobs

"Despite high levels of economic growth Zambia is at risk of a jobs crisis. Economic growth averaged 7.9% between 2007 and 2013, but formal sector jobs have only increased by 3.4%. Responding to this challenge is perhaps the country’s biggest prio...

From Natural Resource Dependence to Diversified Economies: An Agenda for Future Research

"This paper has argued that Africa’s recent growth episode is encouraging on some levels, but substantial questions remain over governance quality, uneven improvement in social indicators and the volatility of resource concentrated growth. Improv...

Private Sector and Enterprise Development Fostering Growth in the Middle East and North Africa

Much has been written about the political, economic and social dimensions and challenges of the Middle East and North Africa. These works cover the situation in different combinations of countries in the region depending on how they chose to def...

From the Cape to Cairo? The Potential of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

"This paper shows that there is a sound case for regional economic integration in the form of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The three main countries involved in this project – Egypt, Kenya and South Africa – have a considerable regional ...

Turning Vision into Reality: Namibia's long term Development Outlook

This paper uses the International Futures (IFs) forecasting system, which first presents a plausible long-term population forecast for Namibia. This forecast is then used to assess key targets from the National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2...

Tax Structures, Economic Growth and Development

The relationship between tax structures and economic growth is investigated in this paper within a panel of developed and developing countries. In order to raise revenue, low-income countries have historically relied more heavily on internationa...

State of Environment Rapid Assessment (SoERA): Development of a Tool for Framing and Managing Urban Environmental and Social Challenges

"This paper sets out a cost-effective solution to one of the key challenges facing developing urban centres around the world, namely how to manage a seemingly vast array of environmental and associated social issues in an integrated, technically ...

Economic Growth and Job Creation: (2012 Q3 to 2013 Q4)

Recently, rising unemployment was experienced amidst impressive economic growth. This marks an uncharted paradigm in Nigeria’s history and calls for systematic monitoring of developments for policy purposes. In this report the pattern of economic...

Nigeria Economic Update Issue 1

In this document several aspects regarding the Nigerian economy is explored. Firstly, under the heading: Economic Growth - the increase of the GDP growth rate is discussed. Energy, Oil and gas, talks about the decline of the OPEC weekly basket pri...

Nigeria Economic Update Issue 2

This document discusses several issues regarding the Nigerian economy under the following headings; Fiscal Focus- talks briefly about the 2016-2018 Medium- Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), as well as the 2016 budget which introduced the zero-bas...

Africa's Growth Dividend? Lived Poverty Drops Across Much of the Continent

"Though Africa has recorded high levels of economic growth over the past decade, previous Afrobarometer surveys of citizens found little evidence that this growth had reduced levels of poverty in any consistent way. However, new data from Afrobaro...

Botswana's Dilemma in Financing Tertiary Education

Botswana like many countries around the world has pinned its hopes on using tertiary education and training as one of the critical vehicles of transforming its economy and society. Accordingly, since independence in 1966, Botswana has invested he...

Middle Classes of India, Kenya and South Africa

"India, Kenya and South Africa are all grappling with the challenge of generating inclusive growth and radically reducing poverty. India has, over the past decade, perhaps been the most successful, generating an average increase in Gross Domestic ...

Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil and South Africa

"The evidence from three important rising democracies makes it clear: there is no need to give up individual rights and freedoms in order to achieve growth or to expand opportunities for the majority of citizens. On the contrary, the experiences...

Will China's Reforms Impact FOCAC?

The year of 2014 is viewed as China’s year of reforms in many respects. During the year 2015, the country’s top leaders stressed their determination to remodel China’s development from a development model that values quantity and speed to one that...

Leveling the Field for Biofuels Comparing the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Biofuel and Other Export Crops in Malawi

"Biofuel production can have conflicting impacts on economic growth, food and energy security, and natural resources. Understanding these trade-offs is crucial for designing policies that are consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. This...

The Promise of Entrepreneurship for the Future Development of Factor-Driven Economies in Africa

"Until recently, the African continent has held positive fundamentals for growth. However, the continent continues to face profound developmental challenges and structural weaknesses that impede sustained and inclusive growth. Largely driven by na...

Energy Dialogues in Africa? Is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Transforming Ethiopia's Regional Role?

"Major hydropower projects, such as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Ethiopia, invite enquiry into the potential to increase the generation, transmission and distribution of power, how best to finance these infrastructures and how to...

The Roles of Civil Society in Localising the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have as from January 2016 replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be the main international mechanism for guiding development in all United Nations member states until 2030. These global goals c...

Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth

This policy brief discussed how Kenya can harness the youth potential in order to achieve the demographic dividend through highlighting the skills supply mismatch, unemployment and underemployment, job creation and existing opportunities for the y...

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