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Engaging with Parliaments: Advice to Civil Society

Practical strategies and hands-on tactics for CSOs seeking to influence policy-making in African parliaments. This paper examines how African civil society organisations have successfully influenced policy. Often, we complain that we lack the time,…

What Makes for Effective Anti-Corruption Systems?

This paper is by Marianne Camerer, co-founder and international director of Global Integrity, an international non-governmental organisation that tracks anti-corruption systems. Drawing on international best practice, she argues that the conditions …

Policy Effectiveness and China’s Investment in the Zambian Mining Sector

"Despite the financial crisis of 2008–2009, the pace of China’s investment into Africa has quickened. This is re-configuring state–firm relations in Africa’s resource-rich countries. However, Chinese and Western investors have different approaches t…

Translating Future Climate for Africa Science for Targeted Policymakers Needs

This brief summarizes a piece of work that explored the potential value of Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) and the closely related work on climate change, impacts and adaptation in tropical and sub-tropical sub-Saharan Africa. This work is from a p…

Strengthening the Science-to-Policy Interface in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Globally, oceans face a range of threats. As efforts to develop sustainable blue or ocean economies accelerate, the need for evidence-based policymaking has never been more pressing. The good news is that there is a growing understanding of how the …

Evidence Based Policy Making and Implementation Workshop

The workshop was designed to enhance the use of evidence to improve development and impact of government policies and programmes. The training sought to expose the participants to some practical strategies and tools for enhancing the policy making v…

A Moroccan Model of Collective Intelligence: The Commission Spéciale sur le Modèle de Développement (CSMD) - Evaluation Report

Morocco’s economic growth, strong in the early 2000s, had slowed; job creation in the formal sector was anemic; rising environmental stress was deepening regional inequalities, as the government struggled to deliver high-quality public services to a…

There and Back Again: The Making of Uganda's Mobile Money Tax

This paper evaluates the appropriateness of the tax policymaking process that led to the introduction, and the later adaptation, of a tax on mobile money transactions in Uganda in 2018. We examine the unusual source of the proposal, how this particu…

There and Back Again: The Making of Uganda's Mobile Money Tax - Brief

Mobile money is widely seen as a powerful tool for enhancing financial inclusion and, potentially, improving the economic well-being of the poor. As the mobile money sector, and its turnover, have grown, certain governments have increasingly viewed …

Youth Inclusion in Transitional Policy in Africa: Youth Contribute to Shaping the Way Forward

Including youth in the design and implementation of transitional justice (TJ) is now being recognised as a key priority that has been long neglected. Such inclusion and participation would strengthen the value of transitional justice initiatives for…

A Value Chain Approach to Data Production, Use and Governance for Sound Policy Making in Africa

Quality data is key to sound policy making that is necessary for accelerating development in Africa. The state of official statistics from most of the African countries are regarded with mistrust and occasionally judged as insufficient in informing …

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