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Integrating Employment Creation and Skills Development : The Case of Expanded Public Works Programmes in South Africa

"The major driver of unemployment in South Africa is the lack of skills and experience among the unemployed population. This policy brief sets out to investigate the impact of the training provided by the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) on em…

Student Graduation, Labour Market Destinations and Employment Earnings

"This paper investigates the labour market destinations of graduates from seven higher education institutions in South Africa. A three-step estimation procedure is employed in which the relative importance of covariates such as age, race, and gender…

Policy Implications of the Returns to Education in Zambia

"A new ZIPAR report estimates the private returns to schooling in Zambia. These results have important ramifications for education policy and individuals’ investment decisions. Specifically, they imply that public provision of schooling should be co…

Money and Morality 2006 Transformation Audit

"The thematic focus of the Transformation Audit this year enables us to present, in addition to our regular research updates, some studies relevant to that concern of many South Africans: enrichment and official malpractice. This covers a spectrum r…

Economic Transformation Beyond 2010: Short-term Remedies and Long-term Strategies

"In the wake of the 2009 general elections, and in the midst of a global recession, a new political guard, representing the post-Polokwane power shift within the African National Congress, took the reins of government. The composition of the new Zum…

Transformation Audit 2012 The Youth Dividend Unlocking the Potential of Young South Africans

"This edition of the Transformation Audit makes young people its focal point; accordingly, most of the articles have been written or co-written by emerging young scholars and practitioners. The review articles are incisive, and the opinion article…

2007 Transformation Audit Leadership and Legitimacy

"The Transformation Audit this year focuses on leadership and legitimacy: on the way in which many aspects of our national life and development are defined by how they are led and managed. The paradox we see at the macro level is the way in which ec…

Labour Migration in Southern Africa

"This monograph will briefly outline the origins of the migratory labour system. The trends in labour movement are of particular significance and these are examined at length. Three parties are involved in any migration: the governments of the supp…

Lessons from Taiwan: Skills Development, Trade and SMEs

"In the paper Role of Education in Taiwan's Economic Development: Lessons for South Africa a brief account of Taiwan's education systems under the Japanese occupation, and in the period between 1945-2000 is given. Educational reforms are described, …

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 i…

Diagnostic on the Supply and Demand of Evaluators in Uganda

This diagnostic study aimed at establishing the capacity and supply of evaluators in Uganda and what is required to strengthen this capacity and supply. On the supply side, the study established that there is a substantial potential pool of M&E cons…

Capacity Imperatives for the SDGs: In Line with African Union's Agenda 2063

Life has improved for many Africans in the past 20 years. But there is a growing sense that progress was slower than it could have been and that a business as usual approach is not likely to lead to achievement of the African Union's Agenda 2063 or …

Characteristics and Determinants of Underemployment in Cameroon

The objective of this study was to improve the analysis of the labour market in Cameroon, through a better understanding of the characteristics and determinants of underemployment. Specifically, this study aims to: identify the profile of an average…

Skills Training and Business Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Liberia

This paper explores whether skills training in business performance and customer practices was a promising way to increase business outcomes among self-employed workers who operate small businesses in developing countries. We randomized training i…

AFECCOR Supporting Artisanal Gold Mining Communities to Access Savings and Credit

The Artisanal Mining Women’s Empowerment Credit & Savings project, known by its French acronym AFECCOR, supports women and men in artisanal gold mining communities to access savings and credit in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and security. I…

Exploring Tanzania's Investment Competitiveness in East Africa

Since Tanzania’s transition from a purely socialist approach to governance, the country has made some strides in attracting foreign investment. Given its negligible domestic saving culture, the answer to capital formation, job creation and general s…

Capacity Development for Higher Education in Africa: The Role of Capacity Building Institutions

This paper looks at the challenges facing Africa and investigates the role played by capacity development, giving particular attention to higher education systems. Key in the consideration of policies reviewed in the paper is the role of tertiary ed…

Investing in Education and Skills Development

"Kenya has one of the most youthful populations in the world with about 43 percent of its population under the age of 15. The youth population is growing fast and the country is experiencing a youth bulge; an excess especially in young population ag…

Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth

"A strong, dynamic and empowered youth is critical in catalyzing and driving the transformations envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya, and the Kenya Vision 2030. The youth aged 15-24 constitute an important segment of Kenya’s population, accounti…

Understanding the African Lions - Growth Traps and Opportunities in Six Dominant African Economies Understanding Ghana's Growth Success Story and Job Creation Challenges

Ghana has a status as one of the Lions of the African continent. This which is linked to the country’s remarkable growth performance, which culminated in the attainment of lower middle-income status. However, employment response to growth has been …

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