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Payment and Independence: Does a client relationship with government inhibit ‘think-tank' criticism?

This paper explores how policy research institutions (or think-tanks) will be challenged to retain their objectivity on public policy issues regardless of their source of funds, in processes such as the APRM. Drawing from the Nigerian situation (wit…

Steering Ethiopia's Tigray Crisis Away from Conflict

A clash over budget transfers is the latest flashpoint in a bitter dispute between Ethiopian federal authorities and Tigray region’s government. Addis Ababa sees a September regional election Tigray held despite a federal poll postponement as unlawf…

COVID-19- Regional Rapid Debt Sustainability Impacts and Economic Rescue Packages Analyses in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Region

This paper discusses the impact of rescue packages on public finances, particularly debt sustainability and prospects for an early recovery from the pandemic, against the backdrop of economic and financial stimulus packages implemented by government…

COVID-19 - Debt Sustainability Impacts and Economic Rescue Packages Analyses in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region

This paper revealed numerous debt sustainability challenges emanating from COVID-19 pandemic. While SADC member countries have put in place various stimulus packages to respond to the pandemic, this will exacerbate the already precarious debt situat…

The Local Government Public Accounts Committees (LGPACs): Functionality, Pitfalls, and Recommendations for Action

This policy brief presents best practices, challenges, and recommendations to improve the functionality of the Local Government Public Accounts Committee. These have been generated from the training of the Local Government Public Accounts Committee …

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