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April 15, 2021

How Aba Shoe Industry can harness the Potentials of the AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) presents a major opportunity for African leaders to bolster trade in the region, as the region has become the largest trading bloc in…

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March 23, 2021

Improving energy efficiency and interconnectivity in Africa through regional economic integration

Affordable and efficient energy supply is essential for enhanced welfare and better development outcomes. However, African states suffer from huge deficits in energy generation and distribution, resulting in unreliable power…

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March 1, 2021

Agenda for Sustainable Economic Transformation Post-COVID-19 in Nigeria

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a debilitating effect on the Nigerian economy. Specifically, the combination of lockdown measures and the global slowdown of economic activities led to the contraction of…

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January 27, 2021

Extending MSMEs’ access to trade finance under the AfCFTA

While the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provides opportunities for regional financial sector development, it also poses a real test for the continent’s financial system. The ability of Africa’s…

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January 7, 2021

Drivers of Disparity: How Policy Responses to COVID-19 Can Increase Inequalities

Countries across the world have deployed macroeconomic policies to address the negative economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures. Recommendations: Divert newly available resources (such as unused…

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October 4, 2020

Accelerating green energy transition in Africa through regional integration

This brief examines the challenges towards green energy transition in Africa and the prospect of regional integration in fast-tracking this process. Regional integration as being proposed among African countries can…

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September 11, 2020

Strengthening International Cooperation in the time COVID-19: A Perspective on African- China Relation

The past three decades have been defining moments in human history. More than 1 billion people have been lifted out of poverty and humanity has rallied around a common purpose…

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September 10, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Poor and Vulnerable in Kenya

The COVID-19 has now spread to every country in Africa, as of August 28, 2020, there are 1,220,511 confirmed infections, 28,850 deaths, and 953,643 recoveries across the continent. In Kenya,…

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August 3, 2020

Prospects for Building Fiscal Buffers to Manage Unprecedented Shocks in Nigeria

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was accompanied by an unprecedented shock, with colossal impact on economic activities worldwide. One of the major effects is the global economic lock-down…

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July 17, 2020

Are agriculture and economic development still antithetical? Reflections for a post-COVID recovery plan

If evidence were still required, the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent nosedive of oil prices has once more reminded us of the shortcomings of Nigeria’s oil dependence. Despite decades of…

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June 23, 2020

Covid-19: Opportunity for reflecting on prospects for inclusive growth in Nigeria

There is huge uncertainty regarding the extent to which the current coronavirus pandemic would impact globalization and economic growth in the near future. Some experts have predicted an initial decline…

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June 8, 2020

Ensuring learning continuity for every African child in the time of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 250 million primary and secondary children are out of school in Africa. If schools only reopen when normalcy returns, which is estimated to be in 2021…

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May 11, 2020

Some thoughts on new poverty numbers in Nigeria

With the recent release of the 2018/2019 Harmonized Nigeria Living Standard Survey (HNLS), the true scale and scope of poverty in Nigeria will become clearer. When the World Data Lab’s…

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April 20, 2020

Effective Targeting of COVID-19 Aid in Nigeria

Faced with an invisible and novel enemy to fight, governments across the globe have deliberately shut down their economies and placed cities on lockdown in order to stem the spread…

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April 20, 2020

Nigeria Education in Focus (Issue 5)

According to UNESCO, about 35.9 million primary and secondary school learners are currently out-of-school as a result of the school closures. For primary schools, this number totals approximately 25.6 million…

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April 13, 2020

The implication of Covid-19 pandemic on the Nigerian Economy

The Global Health Hazards and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 In December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases from an unknown virus surfaced in Wuhan, China. Based on initial laboratory findings,…

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