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A Social Coastal Fisheries Policy for South Africa? Subsistence Fisheries Co-management for Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation

"The Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) is the custodian of South Africa’s natural marine resources. Management and allocation of this resource had always had a strong scientifi…

Civil Society and Social Movements: Advocacy for Land and Resource Rights in Africa

"Civil society formations in Africa have historically played an important part in the establishment of organising people in the pursuit of common goals. The majority of Africa’s people reside in rural areas where they derive their livelihoods from l…

Land Reform in Namaqualand: Poverty Alleviation,Stepping Stones and 'Economic Units'

"This paper examines the consequences of land reform for communal livestock farmers in Namaqualand. It investigates the likely outcomes of recent commonage acquisitions and tenure reform in the former 'Coloured Reserves' using case study material d…

Examining the Nexus Between Nature, Wealth and Power in the Lake George Fishery: The Case of Mayor Actors in the Fish Product Chain

"In this briefing paper, we present preliminary observations on the extent of degradation of fishery resources on Lake George, the structure of actors engaged in exploitation of the fisheries as well as key factors determining winners and losers in …

Biofuel Investment in Tanzania: Awareness and Participation of the Local Communities

"Biofuel investment in Tanzania has been welcomed on the grounds of its expected ability to reduce energy costs, increase national income, and help in transport and agriculture sectors by providing income and rural energy, thereby alleviating povert…

Leveraging Carbon Revenue for Poverty Alleviation

"This paper will describe the process of how a poor community in Umdoni, Kwazulu Natal (KZN) South Africa achieved GHG reductions and converted these into carbon revenues and then recycled the bulk of the revenue back into their community. A volun…

Renewable Energy Technologies for Poverty Alleviation South Africa: Biodiesel and Solar Water Heaters

"In this report, two RE technologies – solar water heaters (SWHs) and biodiesel – have been identified where renewable energy could make a significant contribution towards poverty alleviation in terms of improving the general welfare of households a…

CBNRM, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Livelihoods: Developing Criteria for Evaluating the Contribution of CBNRM to Poverty Reduction and Alleviation in Southern Africa

"This research paper explores the relationships between community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), poverty reduction/alleviation and rural livelihoods. The objectives of this paper are as follows: • to explore the current understanding o…

Issues of Increasing Levels of Poverty and Hunger in Africa, with Specific Reference to South Africa

"The majority of people in African countries, especially in South Africa, live subsistence livelihoods below the poverty line. Poverty is a condition characterised by a lack of basic needs such as water, health care, foods, sufficient access to soci…

Business Models in Land Reform

"This paper reviews the types of business models, or landuse models, being implemented in land reform projects involving the transfer of rural land to communities and other groups in South Africa, under both the restitution and redistribution progr…

Poverty and Climate Change Mitigation A Brief Inspiration

"This brief presents the concept of poverty alleviating mitigation actions as a framework to rethink the way programs and policies for reducing emissions are structured in order to reduce both poverty and emissions. To effectively achieve both …

Low Carbon Development & Poverty: Exploring Poverty Alleviating and Mitigation Action in Developing Countries

"Climate change and poverty generally fall into the adaptation category in current research literature and policymaking. If we acknowledge current findings of poverty research, we find that this separation between mitigation and adaptation does n…

Contingent Valuation in Community-Based Project Planning: The Case of Lake Bamendjim Fishery Restocking in Cameroon

"Management of Lake Bamendjim fishery stock for the future is vital and deserves consideration. This is necessary in order to minimize the incidence of intercommunal disputes over fishing sites among the 15 sub-autonomous communities in the region…

The Role of Government and Public Policy in Poverty Alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa

"This paper reviews recent literature on poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), focusing on the role of government and public policy. It is prepared as part of the AERC research programme on Poverty, Income Distribution and Labour Market I…

Botswana's Position Paper on Strategies for Poverty Alleviation Bringing the Regional Dimension of Economic Integration as a Strategy for Poverty Alleviation

"Poverty Reduction has been one of the strategies for Botswana's development since the country became independent in 1966. This paper reviews the empirical evidence on nature, extent and causes of poverty and its dynamics over time. It reviews and a…

The Best Ten School Essays for Rural Development Policy Review Project 2000/2001

"The ten school essays included in this document were winners in the school essay competition. The competition was judged jointly by BIDPA and SIAPAC. There were ten cash prizes. The eleven winning essays are included in the document without any edi…

BIDPA Annual Report 1995/96

"This is the first annual report from the Board of Trustees of the Botswana Institute of Development Policy Analysis. It covers the activities of the Institute from 7 March 1995 to 31 March 1996, the first year that BIDPA was active. The main task d…

Towards Political and Economic Integration in Southern Africa Proceedings of the 2007 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"The papers assembled in this volume were presented at the 2007 FOPRISA Annual Conference in Durban. The main purpose of this conference was to report on and discuss the research findings from activities undertaken from 2006 to 2007. This volume is …

Service Delivery in Tanzania: Findings from Six Councils 2000-2003

"This report analyses data on service delivery and poverty alleviation from 2000 to 2003. The emphasis is on describing the situation at a certain point in time, in line with a baseline approach. However, much of the description is based on citizen'…

The Impact of Technology on Poverty Alleviation : The Case of Artisanal Mining in Tanzania

"This study set out to explore the following broad objectives: Identification of technological problems facing artisanal mining; which includes current techniques and equipment used in mining and beneficiation, geological information, appropriate mi…

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