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Malawi: The erratic pulse of the warm heart of Africa

"Malawi after President Banda's rule is challenged with democratic reform, economic development and growth. This report discusses the numerous problems in the transition of a country that is landlocked, in debt and highly illiterate with low level...

Why is South Africa failing to get the growth and jobs that it needs?

"In the first half of the Round Table, participants analysed a number of serious obstacles to growth and job creation. These included the causes of current low investor confidence; deeper-lying obstacles to growth in particular the difficulties as...

Fusing Privatisation of Security with Peace and Security Initiatives

"This paper seeks to highlight the numerous obstacles to, and opportunities for, the consolidation of PMSCs into a security provision role on the African continent. Obstacles include the lack of definition as to what PMSCs actually are. The inabil...

Zambia: A shining example of Privatisation?

This update discusses the privatisation process in Zambia during 1991. This seven year programme is widely hailed as 'the success story of Africa' but this process was not always trasparent and above board. The socio-economic impact was greater th...

Policy Seminar on Competition, Productivity and Privatisation: Summary Report

"This report is a summary of proceedings and presentations during a policy seminar on "Competition, Productivity and Privatisation" organised by Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) and Botswana National Productivity Centre (...

"To Privatise" What is & How ?

"This paper draws on lessons of experience and existing knowledge on privatisation. Briefly addressing the main issues and describing how the privatisation process can be planned and implemented successfully. Privatisation is first defined, leadin...

BIDPA Annual Report 2000/2001

"The period 2000-2001 was characterised by several events that reshaped the BIDPA's mandate and programmes in a profound way. First was the end of the African Capacity Building Phase I funding for BIDPA, which necessitated the Institute's inevitab...

Regulation, Privatisation and Commitment in Botswana

"This paper briefly highlights the challenges facing Botswana today giving particular attention to the changing role of the state and the need to improve the regulatory environment in order to promote competition among all economic agents and incr...

Privatisation of security and military functions and the demise of the Modern Nation-State in Africa

"The overarching aim of this paper is to interrogate how the increasing commodification of violence, as embodied by the PSI in general, and PMCs in particular, challenges the notion of the Weberian state. That is, whether the privatisation of sec...

Economic Liberalization and Privatisation of Agricultural Marketing and Input Supply in Tanzania : A Case Study of Cashewnuts

"The study examines this process in the context of SAP and the need to ensure a more economically viable private sector driven agricultural marketing system. Private firms and traders are increasingly marketing agricultural inputs and outputs, hit...

BIDPA Briefing Public Sector Reforms

"Public sector reforms in Botswana are broadly perceived to mean structural and procedural changes aimed at obtaining a more efficient and effective public service. Amongst the above-listed components of public sector reforms, Botswana has giv...

Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Practice and Regulatory Policy in Kenya

"The Government is increasingly seeking to develop financing mechanisms, which bring together the public and private sectors, not only to control budgetary expenditure but also to pool these two sectors' specific know-how. This form of cooperation...

The Role of the State and Foreign Capital in Agricultural Commercialisation: The Case of Sugarcane Outgrowers in Kilombero district, Tanzania

The main research question is: what effect has privatisation of Kilombero Sugar Company had on its operations and surrounding communities? The paper contributes to the debate on large-scale land acquisition and agricultural commercialisation in s...

Governance and Public Services Delivery in Zambia

"The focus of the book is on issues of governance and provision of public services in Zambia. The significance of this focus is against the backcloth of the high levels of poor delivery of public services in most African countries. The literature ...

Study of Sugarcane outgrowing at Kilombero

"The aims of the research were to: (1) find out how Kilombero Sugar Company and the outgrower scheme operate; (2) assess the impact on the local area; and (3) assess how business has been affected by privatisation in 1998 and other factors. We h...

Common Property Resources and Privatisation Trends in Southern Africa

"Access to common property resources (CPRs) is a significant part of the land resource base and therefore the livelihoods of many poor rural people. However, despite their central importance, CPRs are declining throughout the world due to neglect...

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