Author: Eddy Akpabio

Learning trajectories: A practical tool for tracking learning and taking action

Learning trajectories are graphs that show how many children achieve a certain level of minimum proficiency at each grade. While learning trajectories have previously been used for research, two new efforts show that they can also serve as practical tools to analyse the learning crisis and take informed action. First, the Research on Improving Systems of Education […]

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CSEA participates in the 2022 Global Development Conference

The 2022 Global Development Conference was held in Clermont-Ferrand, France, from 2nd to 4th November. The conference which was focused on ‘Tax Policy for Sustainable Development, provided a platform for participants to discuss the role of tax systems in resource allocation, stabilization aftershocks and inequality reduction through redistribution. The tax policy conference provided a platform for participants to discuss the role of tax systems in resource allocation, stabilization aftershocks and inequality reduction through redistribution. Our researchers, Mma Amara Ekeruche and […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 44)

Food prices in Nigeria experienced a further increase in September 2022, according to the Selected Food Prices Watch Report for September 2022, published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).2 The report highlighted the change in prices of some selected food items. For example, the average price of 1kg of Tomato on a year-on-year (YoY) […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 43)

According to the 2022 global hunger index (GHI) report, Nigeria ranked 103rd out of 121 countries, suggesting Nigeria’s weak and fragile food system.3 The GHI is a tool for measuring and tracking hunger at global, regional, and national levels. It is calculated based on the values of four component indicators – undernourishment, child wasting, child […]

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Nigeria to build more capacity for technology developers

The history of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the public service agency tasked with the sole responsibility of implementing the policies and guidelines that drive ICT in Nigeria, is a study of steady but productive digital innovation. Since its establishment in April 18, 2001, NITDA has undergone stages of transformation, in line with […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 42)

According to Telecommunications Sector Data for the second quarter (Q2) of 2022, released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s telecoms sector experienced a growth in both voice and internet subscriptions.3 The total number of active voice subscribers in Q2 2022 was 206.4 million, representing a 10.04 percent increase from 187.6 million subscribers in […]

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Proposed 2023 budget: Low Commitment to Capital Spending

The proposed 2023 budget Bill was presented on October 07, 2022. While presenting the budget, President Muhammadu Buhari highlighted the revenue challenge, which may have influenced the size of the budget. This article uses nine charts to highlight the 2023 budget in relation to the amended 2022 budget at the aggregate level. In terms of […]

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Cross-Border Data Flows in Africa: Policy Considerations for the Afcfta Protocol on Digital Trade

The original Industrial Revolution was powered by steam; the second by electricity. The rise of digitisation and automation generally defined the Third Industrial Revolution, which was largely powered by oil. Today, we find ourselves in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which is largely powered and characterised by data. It can hardly be contested that data […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 41)

Data from the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) shows that Nigeria’s external reserves dropped to $37.9 billion as of Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from $38.8 billion on September 12 2022.1 The decline is due to CBN’s continuous intervention in the exchange rate market and dwindling export earnings. There has been an increase in the demand […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 40)

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), alongside OPEC+, cut crude oil output by two million barrels per day (mb/d) to achieve market stability2. As a result, Nigeria’s oil output quota for November 2022 was reduced by 4.6 percent from 1.826 mb/d in August 2022 to 1.742 mb/d. This measure comes following the downward movement […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 39)

Following its 287th meeting on the 26th and 27th of September 2022, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) raised the monetary policy rate (MPR) by 150 basis points from 14 percent to 15.5 percent.1 Making it the third successive increase on the MPR in 2022 to rein in inflation. […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 38)

In August 2022, the total net domestic credit was N61.2 trillion, increasing by 33 percent from 46 trillion in August 2021.2 Net domestic credit comprises credit to the government and credit to the private sector. About two-thirds of the credit went to the private sector and the remaining to the government. In August, the total credit […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 37)

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the prices of energy products increased further in August. The average retail price of a litre of petrol increased by 14.89 percent to N189.46 in August 2022 from N164.91 in August 2021.1 The price of a 5kg Cylinder of Cooking gas rose by 101.17 percent to N4,397.68 in August 2022 […]

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Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

The ninth edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica22) was convened by the Collaboration On International ICT Policy For East And Southern Africa (CIPESA), in Lusaka, Zambia, from September 26-29, 2022. The forum featured two days of network meetings and skills workshops that brought together a diverse range of stakeholders to deliberate […]

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Resolving Debt Crises In Developing Countries: How Can The G20 Contribute To Operationalising The Common Framework?

The debt situation in many low-income countries (LICs) following the COVID-19 pandemic has deteriorated considerably. While many LICs had participated in the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) by April 2022, only three countries have taken part in the Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond DSSI. To better operationalise the Common Framework, the G20 should […]

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Policy Proposals For External Debt Management And Sustainability In Developing And Low-Income Countries

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the global economy. The sources of economic growth and productivity gains have been constrained, and poverty and inequality have risen sharply. In addition, fiscal space has been severely educed and public debt levels have risen at an unprecedented speed. To accelerate the recovery from COVID-19 and make […]

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