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Social Cohesion and Inequality in South Africa

In this paper, we examine recent trends in social cohesion and inequality, and the relationship between the two in South Africa, using data from the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) surveys. Given the country’s history of long-term raci…

Beyond the "Proper Job:" Political-economic Analysis after the Century of Labouring Man

This programmatic article proposes an approach to global political-economic inquiry in the wake of the failure of long-established transition narratives, notably the narrative centred on a universal trajectory from farm-based and “traditional” livel…

The Future of Eastern African Cities: How Do We Want to Live in 2050?

Urbanization is inevitable and irreversible. Globally, around 3 billion new urban dwellers are expected to arrive in cities and towns by 2050. In contrast, it took the entire history of humanity to reach the 3.5 billion urban dwellers that live in…

Addressing Diversity and Inclusion Through Transitional Justice

Transitional justice is generally promoted on the basis that it ensures that the diverse sectors of society affected by conflict are included in the process of rebuilding societies after conflict and authoritarian rule. Inclusion, diversity, victim-…

Transitional Processes and Citizen Inclusion in Kenya and South Sudan: Local Perspectives on Sustainable Peace

Post-conflict transition processes offer a brief, but critical opportunity to build the legitimacy of emerging democratic systems and to establish a foundation for inclusive political processes and institutions. Despite an emerging consensus that ci…

Soft Skills Training and Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Youth in Post-conflict Côte d'Ivoire: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial

Soft skills positively affect success and performance in the labour market especially in a post-conflict context. In Côte d’Ivoire, youth do not take full advantage of strong post-conflict economic recovery. Over 20% of young people are neither in …

Teaching Soft Skills to Vulnerable Youth can Accelerate Social Inclusion in Côte d’Ivoire

While the Côte d’Ivoire is recovering from the post-electoral crisis of 2010-11 in terms of economic growth, the already high rate of unemployment has increased and poverty rates remain high. Young people (ages 14-35) have the highest unemployment r…

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