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Perspectives on Poverty in Swaziland: Historical and Contemporary Forms. Report of Swaziland National Workshop

"OSSREA and the local organisers chose the theme of poverty for the current workshop because this demonstrated an awareness of serious problems facing, not only Swaziland, but also many countries in the region. The papers presented at the workshop …

BIDPA Newsletter December 2014

"In 2014 the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis continued to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development space. Over the years BIDPA has consolidated its position as a recognised think tank, and this was yet another year o…

Land Reform and Biodiversity Conservation in South Africa: Complementary or in Conflict

"A major challenge for government is to reconcile land reform and biodiversity conservation policies in contested geographical areas.This paper aims to improve understanding of the conflicts that have arisen between land reform and conservation, an…

Coal Exports and the Diversification of Botswana's Economy

"The paper considers the opportunities and risks associated with the development of Botswana’s steam coal export sector. Given the very high coal prices on world markets achieved over the last decade together with the growing demand in India and Chi…

Greening Uganda’s Economy as the Sustainable Pathway to Middle Income Status

Uganda is heavily dependent on natural resources for economic growth and the livelihoods of its people. The natural resource-based sectors of agriculture (crop, livestock, and fisheries) tourism, minerals and forests among other resources, are the e…

Impacts of Fluctuating Commodity Prices on Government Revenue in the SADC region: The Case of Copper for Zambia

This study identified typical implications of price fluctuations on many of the parameters highlighted above which include: government revenue and the responses from the sector both from the state and mining companies. The report provides sources o…

Abiy Ahmed’s ‘Medemer’ Reforms: Can it Ensure Sustainable Growth for Ethiopia and What are the Challenges Facing the New Government?

Since coming to power on April 2018, Dr. Abiy seems to be unstoppable, making the world headlines on many occasions. He has embarked the country on an ambitious and transformative project; he has freed thousands of prisoners and established a Reconc…

Security and Development in Southern Africa

The primary goal of the Johannesburg seminar was to bring together a group of experts – policymakers, academics and civil society actors – to identify ways of strengthening SADC’s capacity to develop security and development initiatives for southern…

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