Author: Drusilla David

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 Poverty Clock in 2018 released its poverty estimate which put Nigerian as the country with most extremely poor people, the federal government through the ministry […]

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COVID-19 in Nigeria – Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as Vulnerable Populations at Risk

Here is what we know – COVID-19 has no known cure (at the time of writing this article). We also realize that given the dearth of medical infrastructure in Nigeria, a full-blown pandemic would pose a rather dangerous threat. On the bright side, the mechanism of the disease’s transmission is clear – we know that […]

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Economic Implications of the Recent Border Closure

By Basil Anthony Abia In Brief On 20 August 2019, Nigeria partially closed its land borders with Benin, Togo, Niger, Cameroon and Chad – citing the irate level of smuggling of goods into the country, especially staple food commodities like rice, cooking (vegetable) oil, poultry, tomato, flour and pasta. The closure of Nigeria’s land borders […]

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Fostering Effective Tobacco Control Policy Implementation in Nigeria

It is widely known that cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use (both active and passive smoking) is damaging to health, poses enormous economic costs, and accounts for a significant proportion of health inequities. Yet, Nigeria’s fiscal policies for tobacco control appear weak. With recent changes, excise tax rates amount to an excise tax […]

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CSEA participates at the 6th Africa Think Tank Summit

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) convened its Sixth Africa Think Tank Summit under the theme “Tackling Implementation Challenges for Africa’s Sustainable Development”.The event was organized in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA). The summit provided a platform for participants to propose strategies and […]

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Unbundling the 13 million out-of-school children in Nigeria

In Nigeria, primary education is free and compulsory (in principle). However, in places like Waru, an internally displaced persons (IDP) settlement in Abuja, children of primary school age do not go to school. The reason is simple: their parents cannot afford other non-tuition fees levied on them by the school authorities. The 1,904 out-of-school children […]

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Advancing Frontier Research on South South and Triangular Cooperation.

CSEA participated at the side-event hosted by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) on Advancing Frontier Research on South South and Triangular Cooperation. The event was held along the side-lines of the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40). The objective of the side-event was to share evidence-based research on South-South […]

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The need to boost political will for tobacco control policies in Nigeria

Tobacco use and the exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases some of which are the leading cause of preventable death in Nigeria. In 2018, tobacco use in Nigeria has been linked to 16,100 deaths. According to Tobacco Atlas, economic losses accrued to Nigeria in the form of medical […]

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Tobacco Tax Revenue in Nigeria: To Earmark or Not to Earmark?

Champions of tobacco control both home and abroad have applauded the Nigerian government for its recent approval of higher excise duty on tobacco product. While this duty remains below the standard recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is a step in the right direction. Based on CSEA’s study, the government stands to gain […]

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Achieving Abundant and Affordable Energy in Africa: Is there a place for nuclear power in Nigeria?

Nigeria and Russia has signed agreements to set up four nuclear power plants and a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in Nigeria. This piece examines the prospects of nuclear power plants to be built in Nigeria by mid-2020, with the view of objectively assessing its cost implications and feasibility. Given Africa’s low levels of […]

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CSEA participates in the 2019 Winterschool for Thinktankers

On Think Tanks in partnership with Foraus and the Think Tank Hub organised the 2019 Winterschool for Thinktankers (WISCH), an initiative aimed at inspiring the next generation of think tank leaders. The Winterschool provided a platform for young and proactive individuals to develop their knowledge and understanding of think tanks and to prepare themselves to […]

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G20 and Africa: Navigating African Priorities for the G20

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa project organized a conference on Africa’s priorities at the G20 tagged “G20 and Africa: Navigating African Priorities for the G20”. The conference brought together representatives of the T20 African Standing Group made up of leading African think tanks, African policy […]

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Why Nigeria needs higher taxes on tobacco products

Rising tobacco consumption in Nigeria is expected to increase fiscal and health burdens on the general public and government. A bold and innovative policy response is required and tobacco taxation has the potential to deliver in this regard. Tobacco as an emerging epidemic According to data from the World Bank, the number of adults (ages 15+) […]

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2017 BENCHMARKING EXERCISE REPORT

 This report is the third in the series of benchmarking exercise reports produced by the Nigeria Natural resource Charter (NNRC); carried out to provide an assessment of governance of Nigeria’s petroleum wealth. The first two exercises were conducted and published in 2012 and 2014 respectively. It uses the NRC framework, developed by a diverse set […]

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Africa’s Migration – Trends, Drivers and Policy Implications

Migration from Africa commonly evokes the image of a continent fleeing its own home. Many Africans leave to go to other places within and outside the continent in what can seem like a massive exodus. While Africa’s migration remains overwhelmingly intra-continental, evidence shows that there has been an acceleration in emigration to other continental regions. […]

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Managing Africa’s Rising Debt: Time for a Multi-Pronged Approach

Debt sustainability in Africa has emerged as a key concern among policymakers and development finance institutions (DFIs). Currently, 19 out of 54 countries in Africa exceed the 60% debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) threshold prescribed by the African Monetary Co-operation Programme (AMCP) and 24 countries have surpassed the 55% debt-to-GDP ratio suggested by the International Monetary […]

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