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  • Primary Commodity Booms and BustsApr 18, 2016Primary Commodity Booms and BustsCommodity boom is one of the major drivers of economic growth in Africa over the past decade. Most African countries experienced appreciable growth to the extent that sub-Saharan Africa was rated as the second fastest growing region globally between 2000 and 2010. Over the past one year, however, the rising trend of commodity prices is giving way to a declining trend. Most of the primary commodities such as gold, iron ore, crude oil, cotton and cereal that have been sustaining most countries have experienced tumbling prices since October 2013.The fall in prices ranges from about 9.3% in cereal to about 40.3% in iron ore – a double tragedy for the three Ebola epicenter countries that rely heavily on iron ore. Cocoa is, however, one of the few exceptions with a rising trend over the same period – about 18%.The unfolding development is posing some challenges to national governments in terms of resources to fund development projects and running costs. In some countries, it has started to manifest in the form of macroeconomic imbalances such as decline in external reserves, fall national currencies, increase in budget deficits, and rise in public debts, to mention a few. Some countries have been struggling to pay salaries of public servants over the past months. This could also affect capacity to sustain social protection programmes for the vulnerable and marginalized groups, which is considered to be critical in the continent’s transformation agenda and the Agenda 2063 of the African Union as well as the development aspirations of countries.

  • Apr 8, 2016Framing Development Solutions to Radicalization in Africa

  • Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Africa: A Development ApproachNov 23, 2015Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Africa: A Development ApproachThis four-year regional development project is designed to strengthen the development responses to mitigate the growth of violent extremism in Africa.

  • Socio-Economic Impact of the Ebola Virus Disease in West AfricaMar 11, 2015Socio-Economic Impact of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

  • The socio-economic impact of Ebola in West AfricaFeb 10, 2015The socio-economic impact of Ebola in West Africa