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Africa and the Global Economic Crises : Impacts, Policy Responses and Political Economy

"African countries have already undertaken a number of effective measures to minimize the impacts of the crisis. Taking a longer-term perspective, African countries could turn the crisis into an opportunity to restore their economic potentials an...

Analyzing Growth in Burkina Faso over the Last Four Decades

"The objective of this paper is to provide a detailed analysis of the growth factors that have shaped growth in Burkina Faso since the early 1960s. The approach tries to tie together macro, micro, markets and institutional/ political factors to ex...

Cotton, War and Growth in Chad (1960 - 2000)

"The growth experience of Chad provides a lot of lessons for understanding the political economy of African development. It was based for most of its post-colonial history on a heavily controlled and taxed export crop sector, whose evolution was i...

Impact of China and India on Politics and Governance in SSA: Issues and Challenges

"What can Africa make of this new interest by China and India on African affairs, political and economic? This paper lays out a framework for the study of one dimension of these issues, the interplay between politics at the international and the ...

Nigeria: The Colonial Legacy and Transitional Justice

This report provides an overview of the legacies of colonisation and demonstrates its impact on transitional justice in Nigeria. It argues that the current injustices in Nigeria are strongly connected to the country’s colonial history. Colonial ...

African Financial Governance Outlook: Effective Public Financial Management for Sustainable Development

This first African Financial Governance Outlook provides a better understanding of the state of public financial governance reforms in Africa and how policies and institutional arrangements could be improved over time, offering benefits on vario...

The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy and Capital Control in Nigeria

This paper examines the primary cause of the exchange rate management failure in Nigeria by evaluating the motivating factor for these changes and reviewing the role of politics and interest group in the Nigerian exchange rate management. The fi...

ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East and Southern Africa

"The research reported in this volume was undertaken at a time when the poor were starting to take part in the information society through the usage of ICTs. Current stories were and still are encountered in the press every day on how the mobile p...

Understanding Civil Society/Government Engagement

"Modern states are built on the platform that stands on four pillars - informed/ engaged citizenry, civil society, private sector, and government. Each has a role to play in the sustenance and development of the political economy. However, public...

Contested Paradigms of 'Viability' in Redistributive Land Reform: Perspectives from Southern Africa

"‘Viability’ is a key term in debates about land reform in southern African and beyond, and is used in relation to both individual projects and programmes. ‘Viability’ connotes ‘successful’ and ‘sustainable’ - but what is meant by viability in rel...

The Political, Economic and Social Dynamics of Nigeria: A Synopsis

"The political economy of a country is pivotal to its economic dynamics as well as its social system. While politics and the process of politicking do not necessarily give rise to the social structure of a people, the institutional framework, proc...

Will Tanzania's Natural Gas Endowment Generate Sustainable Development?

Tanzania first discovered natural gas in commercially viable quantities in 2010. In March 2016, another major gas discovery of 2.7 trillion cubic feet (TCF), estimated at a value of some $8 billion was made in the Ruvu Basin Coast Region. This bri...

The Niger-Libya Corridor Smugglers’ Perspectives

The particular focus of this study is on the smugglers facilitating the unprecedented flow of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Libya. There is a specific focus on the smuggling corridor that links northern Niger to southern Libya. This smugglin...

In Further Pursuit of an IMF-Programme: Possible Pathways for Zambia and Lessons for Africa

Since 2015, Zambia’s real GDP growth has declined markedly, its local currency has depreciated notably with episodes of serious volatility, and the risks of fiscal and debt distress have mounted. As the country searches for solutions, one viable i...

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