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Capacity Building and Skills Development as Prime Mechanisms for Africa's Socio-economic Transformation: Lessons from ACBF's Interventions

This paper draws on the extant literature and experiences of selected ACBF-supported interventions to examine the importance of capacity building and skills development for Africa’s socio-economic transformation. There is now ample agreement that...

Capacity Issues in the Formulation and Implementation of the Next Generation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

Although economic growth is widely acknowledged to be crucial for poverty reduction and for sustaining development, efforts aimed at tackling these challenges in Africa did not, for a long time, yield the desired results. The decade of the 1980s...

Capacity Building for Promoting Trade and Investment in Africa

It is common cause that improved trade and investment hold out promise for attaining higher economic growth and greater gains in the fight against poverty, indeed, for the attainment of the millennium development goals. International development...

Gathering Storm Clouds: Political and Economic Uncertainty in Central Africa

The Central African region is facing remarkable pressure along several fronts. The recent downturn in global commodity prices is exacerbating an already fragile fiscal situation in the region. Moreover, rapid population growth is accentuating th...

Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda's Agricultural Extension System

This study therefore assesses the governance of public expenditure in Uganda’s agricultural extension system. The study aims at examining the nature in which decisions pertaining to public expenditure prioritisation and implementation are made. M...

Impact des politiques fiscale et d'emploi sur le secteur et la pauvreté au Cameroon / Impact of policies on tax and the employment sector and poverty in Cameroon

The objective of this study is to assess the impact of policies put in place by the government of Cameroon to combat both poverty and the predominance of the informal sector, as a phenomena inextricably linked. The researchers used modeling techni...

The Dynamics of Poverty and Vulnerability in Rural Ethiopia

This study investigates the dynamics of poverty and vulnerability and identifies the sources of poverty and correlates vulnerability to poverty in rural Ethiopia. The results clearly point out that depth and severity of poverty were considerably ...

European Report on Development : Rwanda Case Study

This case study considered two key questions: 1. The amount of progress that was made and the achievements of Rwanda since 2000? What have been the key drivers of that progress and what have been the obstacles and bottlenecks, and the role of ext...

Capital Flight and Poverty Reduction in Africa

"This paper investigates the impact of capital flight on poverty reduction through the investment and growth channel. It uses two approaches. First, the Incremental Capital-Output Ratio (ICOR) approach is used to estimate additional income that wo...

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2015

‘Appraising the Efficacy of SADC in Resolving the 2014 Lesotho Conflict: Progress and Prospects’ presents an assessment of the efficacy of SADC’s intervention to resolve the Lesotho crisis, progress made so far and prospects for restoring peace an...

Business and Development: Doing Responsible Business in the Southern African Region Final Report

The objective of the dialogue was to deepen the understanding between business and development and engage the stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the media on responsible business practices. It is evident that in ...

Regional Integration: Challenges of Regional Integration for Poverty Reduction

The objective of this report was to look at innovative approaches to the challenges pertaining to regional integration for poverty reduction. The discussion concentrated on the regional integration status in the SADC region. It came to the conclus...

How can we make Aid to Civil Society Organisations more Effective in Overcoming Poverty?

"In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, in particular, aid volume to civil society is increasing substantially but is difficult to quantify due to the limited classification of aid by donors as it relates to the definition o...

Linkages between Research, Advocacy and Media Work for Pro-Poor Policy Development and Accountability in Africa Learning from Practice

The colloquium focused on learning from practical experience in trying to build linkages between research, advocacy and media groups for more effective pro-poor policy work by each group, the challenges and successes in linking the work of the thr...

Africa's Growth Dividend? Lived Poverty Drops Across Much of the Continent

"Though Africa has recorded high levels of economic growth over the past decade, previous Afrobarometer surveys of citizens found little evidence that this growth had reduced levels of poverty in any consistent way. However, new data from Afrobaro...

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Tanzania

"Tanzania is one of the most aid dependent countries in Africa, though historically, it has been associated with a high degree of independence and policy space in matters of foreign affairs. The main focus of the study is to collect information on...

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Cameroon

"The aid harmonization process in Cameroon had a good start, even though it is subject to serious constraints linked to the weaknesses of the country’s strategies and institutions, which hinder the alignment on priorities, and national systems. Bu...

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Malawi

"The purpose of this study is to identify stumbling blocks to effective aid delivery, donor practices that create a burden on the Malawi Government in terms of ownership, transaction costs, institutional capacity, as well as identify possible bene...

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Mozambique

"Mozambique is committed to the fight against poverty. The Government has adopted a number of well-articulated plans for poverty reduction and growth. International development assistance plays a crucial role in Mozambique's fight against poverty....

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Uganda

"Given that Uganda has received massive donor aid and implemented donor-engineered policies, poverty remains a jigger to the flesh of Uganda's development. The study aims at examining donor-partner mechanisms and ascertaining the progress thus far...

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