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The Rise and Root Causes of Islamic Insurgency in Mozambique and its Security Implication to the Region

The rise of jihadi insurgency in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado is attributed to multidimensional causes: social and economic factors, influence of radical preachers and endogenous process of extremism advancement in the province. It…

Will the Impact of the Pandemic on the Expected National Output Persist?

This weekly review contributes to the debate on how the COVID-19 induced hysteresis effects could affect growth in South Sudan. It addresses two related questions: What channels would transmit the COVID-19 scarring effects to the output? What can pu…

Waking the Sleeping Giant: Development Pathways for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to 2050

Despite its abundant natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ranks near the bottom in various human and economic development indicators and its average income is about 40% of its value at independence in 1960. Using the Interna…

Housing policy in Ghana: Providing Incentives to Investors and Consumers

"A discussion of the housing market problems in Ghana must recognize the pervasive role of Government. Not only does Government exert an indirect influence generally on housing markets through tax policies, but it also exerts, in particular, a direc…

Spillovers from Off-farm Self-employment Opportunities in Rural Niger

The agricultural sector is the main economic activity in peri-urban and rural Niger. Yet, farm households still face constraints related to climate change and agricultural factors that may hinder agricultural production and threaten food security. …

The Role of Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in the Ethiopian Economy, Government Intervention and Alternative Strategies: A CGE Analysis

Given the fact that Micro and Small scale enterprises (MSEs) are high on the Ethiopian government’s agenda for mid-term growth and transformation plan (GTP), this study aims to investigate the major contributions and the potential of this sector t…

La Structure de l’activité Économique du Sénégal: Un Obstacle pour un Confinement Total Face au COVID-19 / The Structure of the Senegalese Economic Activities: A Constraint for Total Containment of COVID-19

Many jobs are threatened and people without a source of income are increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. The implemented measures of social distancing in many countries have weakened or even wiped out small businesses as well as other…

How a Production Subsidy can Boost Nigeria's Renewable Energy Sector, Growth and Employment

Despite Nigeria’s status as a major global energy producer, access to electricity is severely limited and much of the country’s population is energy poor. A lack of reliable electricity forces homes and businesses to rely on non-ecofriendly privat…

Agricultural and Rural Transformation in Ethiopia: Obstacles, Triggers and Reform Considerations

This discussion paper assesses the state of agricultural and rural conditions of Ethiopia; describes the extent, speed and depth of agricultural and rural transformation; and provides policy options for the relevant parties. It is premised on the pr…

Successful Agricultural Transformation: Selected Challenges in the Emerging Global Environment

Low-productivity, subsistence-smallholder agriculture everywhere faces tremendous new challenges, in addition to decades-old constraints. Smallholders are threatened by being bypassed by the rise and dominance of domestic and global value chains (DV…

South Africans Support Social Grants, but say Work at any Wage beats Unemployment

In South Africa, “social grants” providing income support to poor households have a long history. More than 17 million citizens, almost one-third of the population, receive a cash transfer from the state each month. The largest social grant programs…

Bordering on a Water Crisis: The Need for Integrated Resource Management in the Mara River Basin

One of the major constraints on sustainable development in the semi-arid areas of Africa is the supply and access to a range of natural resources underpinned by water. Water is needed to support domestic use, agriculture and the preservation of wild…

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