Economic development

Walking a Tight Rope to Economic Recovery “Restoring Fiscal Fitness for Sustained Inclusive Growth and Development”

A clear link was established between the 2017 National Budget speech and the medium-term Economic Recovery Programme dubbed “Zambia Plus”. The budget, in this regard, will be as a key instrument for establishing a foundation for economic recovery and eventual sustained and inclusive growth over 3-5 years. Zambia Plus is described as a home grown programme for soliciting external or development...

South Africans Demand Government Accountability Amid Perceptions of Growing Corruption

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
A report by South Africa’s Public Protector has triggered the latest scandal involving President Jacob Zuma and other state officials, who are accused of improper and unethical conduct in the awarding of state contracts. The latest investigation focuses on allegations of Gupta business family involvement in the removal and appointment of ministers and directors of state companies, resulting in...

African Urban Futures

This paper frames the future of Africa’s urban transition and looks at continental and regional long-term futures, the drivers of urbanization and the relationship between urbanization and economic development. The continent’s current and emerging megacities are identified and likely population numbers are forecasted for Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Luanda and Dar es Salaam over the...

China's Growing Presence in Africa Wins Largely Positive Popular Reviews

"Strategic collaboration with Africa has become a priority in the global North, East, and West. Powers that once saw the African continent primarily as a source of raw materials now focus on “partnership” and “development,” following the lead of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in highlighting mutual benefits of investment and trade. China, in particular, has rapidly...

The Future of Democracy in Africa

Democracy in much of Africa is currently constrained from delivering on its development potential for three reasons. Firstly, governance capacity is lacking. Secondly, the quality of electoral democracy is thin. Finally, neo patrimonialism undermines electoral democracy in Africa. A forecast to 2070 quantifies the contribution that different levels of democracy would have on Africa’s economic and...

The Story Behind the Well A Case Study of Successful Community Development in Makutano, Kenya

Publisher: TrustAfrica
Published: 2016
Kenyans voted overwhelmingly for a new constitution in August 2010, following the post-election violence of 2008. This development was of huge importance, not least because there had been many previous attempts to overhaul the old constitution. However, the new version was also a far-reaching document, the significance of which in advocating wide-scale reforms – such as offering devolved...

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 world, increased intra-EAC trade, and/or improved welfare. Two analytical approaches is adopted in this : a trends analysis of intra-EAC exports and...

Understanding the Angolan FDI Regulatory Landscape

"This paper explores the regulatory framework for foreign direct investment (FDi) in Angola, with the objective of broadening understanding of the barriers to foreign investment in the country. The regulatory environment in Angola is unpredictable, and foreign investors experience high levels of inefficiency in the execution of the various investment policies. As a result, and coupled with...

Brexit: Lessons for Regionalism in Africa

Many European Union (EU) member states and their citizens were shocked by the Brexit outcome, forcing them to re-evaluate the costs and benefits of EU membership. This policy brief addresses the factors that led to the referendum decision and questions whether Africa, particularly the African Union (AU), can draw lessons from the EU experience. Three recommendations is made as to how the AU can...

Informal Sector's Role in Food Security A Missing Link in Policy Debates

"This paper aims to review what is currently known about the role played by the informal sector in general and informal retailers in particular, in the accessibility of food in South Africa. The review seeks to identify policy relevant research gaps. Drawing on Statistics South Africa data, we show that the informal sector is an important source of employment, dominated by informal trade...

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