Africa dialogue

Contemporary Africa is faced with the reality of numerous evolving states that have to grapple with the inevitability of conflict. On their own, the fledgling institutions in these states cannot cope with the huge demands unleashed by everyday conflict. It is within this context that the complementarity between traditional institutions and the . . . → Read More: Africa dialogue

Africa can help feed Africa

Prices for basic staple food are back in the headlines—they are rising again. This is bad news for those among Africa’s poor who consume more food than what they can produce. Think especially of poor families living in cities: they spend the majority of their income on simple foodstuffs. Rising food prices . . . → Read More: Africa can help feed Africa

Africa’s development corridors

The Maputo Development Corridor is the largest and most successful development corridor initiative thus far in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, if not within Africa as a whole. It has overcome a range of challenges to make a significant contribution towards regional economic integration. As such, it is an example . . . → Read More: Africa’s development corridors

Ghana makes progress against the ‘Resource Curse,’but challenges remain

Newcomers to Accra may be surprised to see evidence of corporate social responsibility strewn around Ghana’s capital city. Billboards and posters remind passers-by of the constant stream of summits, workshops and initiatives taking place to address the challenges posed by managing the country’s newfound oil reserves. . . . → Read More: . . . → Read More: Ghana makes progress against the ‘Resource Curse,’but challenges remain

GREAT Insights

Regional integration seems to be the name of the game these days. As the dynamics of the multilateral trade scene are fizzling out, regional trade agreements are multiplying at an unprecedented pace. A recognition of the reality that many national markets alone are simply too small, for selling products, attracting investment, stimulating . . . → Read More: GREAT Insights

Drug trafficking and the crisis of statehood in West Africa

Beginning in the middle of the last decade, the international community was alerted to the fact that drug trafficking in West Africa was in danger of spawning a series of near ‘narco–‐states’: countries whose economies, politics and social structures were being infiltrated and distorted by the drug trade.             . . . → Read More: Drug trafficking and the crisis of statehood in West Africa

Localizing development

Promoting participation through community development projects and local decentralization has become a central tenet of development policy. The World Bank alone has invested about $85 billion over the last decade on development assistance for participation. However, some observers feel that policy making in the area is conceptually weak, that project design is . . . → Read More: Localizing development

Looking to 2060

On the basis of 2005 purchasing power parities (PPPs), China is projected to surpass the Euro Area in a year or so and the United States in a few more years, to become the largest economy in the world, and India is projected to surpass Japan in the next year or two . . . → Read More: Looking to 2060

Deepening regional trade integration in goods and services

Regional trade integration has long been a strategic objective for Africa. However, the African market remains highly fragmented. While there has been some success in removing import duties within regional communities, a range of non-tariff and regulatory barriers still raise transaction costs and limit the movement of goods, services, people and capital . . . → Read More: Deepening regional trade integration in goods and services

The new face of poverty

To what extent do education, health and nutrition poverty rates differ by the spatial and social characteristics of households? And how has the composition of education, health and nutrition poverty changed since the 1990s in terms of the spatial and social characteristics of households? . . . → Read More: The New Face . . . → Read More: The new face of poverty

Africa – USA Relations

When I visited Tanzania in early 2009, small street shops were selling fabric with the face of Obama and the famous ‘Yes we Can’ election slogan printed on them.  Few months later, I bought a box of Obama gum from a store in Burundi. The box of gum was a special edition . . . → Read More: Africa – USA Relations

Why South Africa should take the rest of the continent seriously.

The growth of other African economies can teach South Africa a thing or two, says Ivor Ichikowitz.               . . . → Read More: Why South Africa should take the rest of the continent seriously (PDF – 45kb)

Moving Cameroon towards ‘investment grade’ Food Security.

Yaoundé, Cameroon — When protests and riots linked to the rising costs of imported foods broke out across Cameroon in 2008, international commentators were cautiously optimistic about the government’s short-term policy response. The rapid implementation of fuel subsidies and tax reductions on basic commodities in this net food importing country helped many . . . → Read More: Moving Cameroon towards ‘investment grade’ Food Security.

Multinationals bring double edge sword to the African continent.

We often write about the increased positivity surrounding Africa as a destination for investors as well as for multinational corporations seeking avenues for growth. A just released report by Global Financial Integrity, however, lambasts multinationals for money it believes they take out illegally from Africa. . . . → Read More: Multinationals bring . . . → Read More: Multinationals bring double edge sword to the African continent.

Aid workers are doing themselves out of a job.

In a world of ‘known and unknown’ unknowns, few sensible people are prepared to claim possession of a crystal ball. Uncertainty looks set to remain part of the global policy scene for some time, frustrating predictions. So why have Homi Kharas and I tried to do peer into this darkness?  Because we . . . → Read More: Aid workers are doing themselves out of a job.

DAC Report on Multilateral Aid.

At the end of 2020, the validity of the Cotonou Agreement, which regulates the relations of the EU with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (ACP States), will expire: According to Article 95, section 4 of the Agreement, the partners are to enter into negotiations eighteen months before the end of the . . . → Read More: DAC Report on Multilateral Aid.

Recherche d’un partenaire expérimenté dans la gestion rationnelle d’une forêt communautaire au Cameroun.

La GEFBAFKO (Comité de Gestion de la Forêt  Communautaire de Baboutcha Fongam-Komako) est une forêt communautaire de 3645 ha située à l’Ouest du Cameroun. La GEFBAFKO est membre du réseau CHEDE des organisations paysannes camerounaises. (doc – 15Kb). . . . → Read More: Recherche d’un partenaire expérimenté dans la gestion rationnelle . . . → Read More: Recherche d’un partenaire expérimenté dans la gestion rationnelle d’une forêt communautaire au Cameroun.

Beyond EU development aid.

Regional integration processes, at the pan-African and sub-regional levels, are high on the African political and development agenda. The European Union (EU) has been a strong proponent of regional integration initiatives and a key role model  for  many.  But  how  do  Africa-EU  relations  contribute  to  foster  regional integration processes in Africa and . . . → Read More: Beyond EU development aid.

Donor support to domestic accountability.

The OECD Development Assistance Committee  (DAC) mandated its Network on Governance (GOVNET) to explore ways to improve donor support to domestic accountability over the period 2009-12. As part of this exercise, GOVNET commissioned research to explore the realities of aid and domestic accountability through in-depth country case studies in Mali, Mozambique, Peru . . . → Read More: Donor support to domestic accountability.

EU Aid for Trade and Agriculture.

Over  the  past  decades  EU  agricultural  trade  policy  has  shifted  away  from  interventionism  and  toward neoliberalism (Orbie 2007). Policies like export stabilisation schemes, non-reciprocal trade preferences and commodity protocols have all been abandoned, to be replaced by more market-oriented counterparts that conform to the World Trade Organization (WTO) rulebook. Sugar is an . . . → Read More: EU Aid for Trade and Agriculture.