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Looking Back, Moving Forward : A Regional Synthesis Report of Beijing +20 Reviews from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Rwanda and Uganda

Four of the twelve thematic areas of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)is addressed in this report notably, Women and poverty, Women and economy, Violence against women and Women in power and decision-making. The review focuses on the four theme…

National and International Actors in the Orchestration of Large-scale Land Deals in Zimbabwe: What's in it for Smallholder Farmers?

"Little research has been done on the possible benefits of large-scale land deals for local communities. This work builds on a recent study that seeks to outline the potential benefits of land deals in terms of infrastructural, human and social dev…

Women, Livestock Ownership and Markets Bridging the Gender Gap in Eastern and Southern Africa

"This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of women’s ownership of livestock assets, participation in livestock and livestock product markets, intrahousehold decision-making and income management, and the contribution livestock make to in…

Mainstreaming Gender in the National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy of Kenya

This policy brief aims to influence mainstreaming of gender in the national STI policy of Kenya. Reports show that Kenya is still far from realizing gender equity and equality in practice. This policy brief proposes a specific policy statement on ma…

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 15, no. 2, 2015

‘Towards a framework for resolving the justice and reconciliation question in Zimbabwe,’ proposes the reconstitution of ‘the political’ in Zimbabwe as a turning point towards a pursuit of healing and reconciliation mainly because a ‘paradigm of war’…

Establishing Human Rights Safeguards for Foreign Investment in Africa: Redefining Rights to Promote Gender Equality in the Natural Resources Sector

"Human rights have become a Trojan Horse, conscripted to spread a particular economic agenda founded on individual property rights. The attainment of the right to own cannot be understood as a sufficient means to level the playing field for rural w…

Researching Land and Commercial Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa with a Gender Perspective: Concepts, Issues and Methods

"This paper offers critical reflections on the concepts, issues and methods that are important for integrating a gender perspective into mainstream research and policy-making on land and agricultural commercialisation in Africa. It forms part of the…

Governance of Non-State Social Protection Initiatives: Implications of Addressing Gendered Vulnerability to Poverty in Uganda

"Non-state actors (NSAs) are offering social protection services in Uganda to address vulnerabilities associated with poverty. Information is limited on their adequacy and efficacy and how their governance mechanisms address gender concerns. This st…

Gender and Livelihoods in Commercial Sugarcane Production: A Case Study of Contract Farming in Magobbo, Zambia

"This paper presents a case study of farmers’ recent transition from growing traditional crops to cultivating sugarcane under a contract farming arrangement in Magobbo, Zambia. Responding to the need for a greater understanding of how the expansion…

Protecting the rights of women through community-focused approaches to strengthening gender in African peace support operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic

"Gender is increasingly becoming an integral consideration in peace processes, as called for in the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, adopted in 2000 as the first ever formal women, peace and security resolution passed by the …

10 Things to Know: Gender Equality and Achieving Climate Goals

Despite the fact that climate change and poverty are increasingly recognized as interlinked global problems, responses from governments and development agencies often focus on their scientific and economic dimensions only. This guide focuses on the …

Women's Access to Land in the Former Bantustans: Constitutional Conflict, Customary Law, Democratisation and the Role of the State

"The transition to local democratic institutions in the former bantustans of South Africa will not in itself fulfil the constitutional imperative for the promotion of gender equality, specifically in relation to women's access to land. In order for…

Millennium Development Goals Progress Report

"The main conclusion is that Rwanda has the policies and programmes in place to achieve poverty reduction and human development but that it will not achieve all the MDG Targets by 2015. Good progress is being made for many, but the accelerated rate …

Rights without Illusions: The Potential and Limits of Rights-based Approaches to Securing Land Tenure in Rural South Africa

"This paper focuses only on tenure reform and its aims to secure the land rights of: farm workers and farm dwellers living on privately-owned land, and residents of the former 'reserves' or Bantustans, now known as communal areas. Summarising the t…

Against The Odds: Achieving the MDGs in Rwanda

"In the last five years Rwanda has made dramatic development progress. There has been sustained economic growth and the signs of economic transformation noted in 2005 have been confirmed. There has been a continued growth in non-farm employment and …

Policy for Industrial Development: A Case Study of the Clothing Industry in Mauritius

"A major cause of the economic success enjoyed by Mauritius was the rapid growth of the clothing industry. This policy brief presents the key industrial policies responsible for developing the clothing industry. The brief also highlights the challen…

Policy Reform toward Gender Equality in Ethiopia: Little by Little the Egg begins to Walk

"There is growing interest in the role of policy reforms to promote gender equality and empower women, two key objectives of development policy. From a policy perspective, it would be ideal for reforms undertaken in different policy areas to be cons…

Gender, Peace and Peacekeeping Lessons from Southern Africa

"This paper alludes to the tensions between achieving gender equality (as a requirement for a just peace) and the maintenance of indigenous culture and religious traditions. The primary focus, however, is the teasing out of transformation opportunit…

Projet de Recherche-Action: "Promotion d'une Gouvernance Fonciere Inclusive par l'Amelioration des Droit Foncieres des Femmes au Senegal" / “Promoting Inclusive Land Governance through the Improvement of Women's Land Rights in Senegal"

The three municipalities are all confronted with the phenomenon of LSLA but with a different level. For Darou Khoudoss and Ross Béthio this phenomenon is well established, for Toubacouta, on the other hand, it is incipient but the pressure is incr…

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