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Managing Expectations and Tensions in Ghana's Oil-Rich Western Region

"The discovery of oil and gas along the coastline of Ghana’s Western Region in June 2007 was viewed as a means for the state to generate revenues that could be used to address the country’s development needs. The inhabitants of the Western Region...

Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: An Analysis of Budget Allocations and Revenue from the Environment and Natural Resource Sector in Karamoja Region

"This study explains the causal relationship between governance and environmental accountability in the Karamoja region. In essence, this particular study provides a baseline description of the ENR budget in the region. The overall objective of th...

Budget and Public Expenditure across Nigerian States

"This paper examines budget and public expenditure across Nigerian states, from 2001-2005. It is divided into six sections. Section One discusses the conceptual definitions and theoretical arguments. It contains two sub-sections. The first sub-sec...

Liquidation Of The TOR Debt: Why Securitization Is A Better Option Than Recovery Through Petroleum Prices

"The Legislative Alert argues the current system of levying taxes through fuel price to pay the Tema Oil Refinery Debt is seriously flawed. Not only is the process cumbersome and inefficient, but it also puts an unnecessary burden on consumers. Th...

Assessment of the Effect of the EAC Common External Tariff Sensitive Products List on the Performance of Domestic Industries, Welfare, Trade and Revenue

This report establishes whether the protection given to the list of sensitive products since 2005 has increased the regional capacity of the East African Community (EAC) to produce, reduced the importation of the same products from the rest of the...

The Legal Framework for Fiscal Decentralization in Ethiopia During the Transition Period

"The political and fiscal model of the TGE is not unfamiliar in the long history of the country. It is more of a relapse into the customary and traditional mode of governance of bygone days. For the major part of the nation's history, the system ...

2014/15 Botswana Government Budget: Briefing Note

"The budget briefing note provides an assessment of the 2014/15 national (Botswana) budget allocations presented to the Parliament. The main features are discussed with emphasis on the implications for the fiscal and growth strategy given the deve...

Mining Tax in Zambia

"With some of the worst poverty statistics in Africa, Zambia appears to have little to show for a century of mining. But given good policies, the country’s considerable mineral wealth clearly represents a real opportunity to grow the economy and t...

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 2

In ‘Eurobonds: Weighing Risks against gains’ there has been recent media speculation about the government issuing another Eurobond – the third in two years. This has resulted in apprehensions in some quarters of the economy regarding the risks ass...

Trip Modeling and Cost Analysis for Public Road Transport System for the City of Lusaka

"The increase in the use of private motor vehicles for routine travel within the City of Lusaka suggests weakness in the Public Transport (PT) system. The current PT fares are unsustainably high and service levels undesirable. This largely owes to...

2015/16 National Budget Analysis

"The briefing identifies key areas for further improvement towards a more result oriented growth path, given the current budget propositions. The briefing recommends that to enhance delivery on outcomes for budget support, more effort and rigour s...

The Revenue Costs and Benefits of Foreign Direct Investment in the Extractive Industry in Malawi: The Case of Kayelekera Uranium Mine

"Natural resources have the potential to transform national economies in developing countries towards pro-poor and sustainable development if properly managed. In the absence of sound policies and procedures governing natural resources, mineral re...

Impacts of Fluctuating Commodity Prices on Government Revenue in the SADC Region: The Case of Platinum for Zimbabwe

The commodity sector plays a significant role in Zimbabwe, accounting for an average of 19.9 percent of GDP, 50.7 percent of merchandise exports, about 36.2 percent of total formal sector employment and at least 5 percent of total government tax...

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