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Emerging and Exponential Technologies: New Opportunities for Low-Carbon Development

This paper discusses how new technologies can contribute to achieving climate change goals in developing countries, focusing on how emerging and exponential technologies can support, and potentially accelerate, the implementation of Nationally Det…

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD): The Process Revisited

Six years ago, the World Bank and the Food and Agricultural Organization set up a consultative process to find out whether an international assessment of agricultural knowledge science and technology (AKST) was needed. The IAASTD was launched in Sep…

The Place of Policy in Applied Health Care and Technology with Special Reference to African Traditional Medicine

"The author was assigned the task of addressing the role of policy in applied health technology with special reference to African traditional medicine. Perhaps what is intriguing in this theme is that despite the fact that African traditional medic…

Water Management and Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Knowledge and Technology

Over the last two decades, a plethora of studies have investigated the actual and potential links between environmental change and violent conflict. In general, the idea of ‘environmental sources of conflict’ has been highly influential, especially…

Policy-Induced Local Sourcing of Raw Materials and Technology Development in Nigerian Industry

"Manufacturing technology and raw materials are intricately intertwined in a modern economy. But there does not appear to exist either a rigorously articulate theoretical basis for a robust empirical validation of the relationships between industri…

Trade, Inequality and Morocco

International trade has become a pervasive feature of our lives, yet it remains controversial and resisted across the world. High and rising income inequality, which is often blamed on international trade, especially trade with China, is one reason…

Technology as an Enabler for Addressing the COVID-19 Challenges in the East African Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and damaged economies worldwide. COVID-19 control measures such as social distancing, curfews and lockdowns restricted non-essential physical human interactions, thus impaired production,…

Paving the Way for the Spread of a New Rice Thresher - A Contribution to Improved Rice Quality in Nigeria

ATATC is one technology that is both greatly needed and appreciated by farmers on the basis of its clean output, time saving, increased scale of processing, diversity of uses, durability and affordability. ATATC is still at the introductory stage of…

Burkina Faso - Land, Climate, Energy, Agriculture and Development: A Study in the Sudano-Sahel Initiative for Regional Development, Jobs, and Food Security

In this working paper, the biophysical factors and socio-economic conditions that led to Land Use and Land Cover Changes (LULC) and land degradation in Burkina Faso are reviewed. It is found that the country is densely populated and population conti…

Honey Bee Network in Africa: Co-creating a Grassroots Innovation Ecosystem in Africa

This paper presents a case study of the Honey Bee Network’s decentralized model for collecting, verifying and disseminating grassroots innovations and provides a roadmap for its replication in Africa. The Honey Bee Network brings together government…

Mandating Digital Tax Tools as a Response to COVID: Evidence from Eswatini

Many tax authorities changed the mode of interacting with taxpayers from physical to online as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to diminish the spread of the virus. Eswatini, the country under study, mandated the use of online tax filing through…

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