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June 10, 2024

Eight Key Takeaways from DebtCon7

The Finance for Development Lab and the Paris School of Economics hosted the 7th edition of the Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (#DebtCon7), from May 29 to 31, 2024,…

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May 30, 2024

World No Tobacco Day 2024: Protecting Children from Tobacco Industry Interference in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tobacco smoking is a significant risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as chronic respiratory disorders, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease and the leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. Current estimates…

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April 2, 2024

Unlocking the Potentials of Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry

Afro beats have grown in popularity, both locally and globally, during the last decade. Its success extends beyond music, to the film and fashion industries. The widespread availability of internet…

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March 24, 2024

Public procurement in Nigeria: How to reform the unreformable

Irrespective of a country’s level of development, public procurement plays a pivotal role in shaping the efficacy of public service delivery and fostering a conducive environment for inclusive growth. In…

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February 8, 2024

Closing the Care Gap: A Look at Nigeria’s Tobacco Control Efforts in Light of the Cancer Challenge

One of the global causes of death is cancer. It is estimated that approximately 10 million people die of cancer annually. Notably, one out of every six deaths worldwide is…

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November 6, 2023

Addressing Nigeria’s Cooking Energy Crisis and Possible Measures for Change

Globally, around 2.4 billion people primarily use unclean cooking energy (such as wood, coal, charcoal, biomass, and agricultural residues), resulting, in an estimated 3.2 million deaths annually (World Health Organization…

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September 29, 2023

Fiscal policy options for growing out of debt: Evidence from Nigeria

Despite the essential role debt plays in enabling structural transformation and development, the rate at which Nigeria’s debt is rising has constrained the country’s ability to generate sufficient growth, cope…

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September 8, 2023

The State of Digital Education in Africa

In a rapidly evolving global landscape, where digitalization and the corresponding skill sets are gaining significance in the transformative process of economies, the role of digitalization in shaping labor markets…

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August 31, 2023

Why we need to unlock data’s potential responsibly and inclusively

In today’s digital age, data has become an invaluable asset, driving innovation, economic growth, and societal development. Africa, with its vast population and diverse landscapes, holds immense potential for leveraging…

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August 25, 2023

Can we change the narrative on corruption in public procurement in Nigeria?

For several decades, Nigeria, Africa’s economic giant, has struggled with corruption, especially in relation to public procurement at the federal, state, and municipal/local levels of government. In 2022, Nigeria obtained…

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August 9, 2023

Adapting Inclusive Housing in Nigeria: Strategic Planning for Disabilities and Aging in Residential Settings

Nigeria, a country with a population above 200 million, has more than 25 million people with  at least a form of disability; more than 9 million are above 60 years…

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August 6, 2023

Unravelling the Paradox: Nigeria’s Trajectory of Development and Poverty Reduction 

Nigeria, often referred to as “Africa’s giant”, has experienced a complex trajectory of development and poverty reduction which presents a paradoxical scenario (World Bank, 2022). Despite being the continent’s largest economy, Nigeria’s annual…

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July 31, 2023

Ways to narrow educational Inequality in the Global South

The pandemic undermined the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The prosperity of the Global South, including Nigeria, depends on universal quality education at the foundation level. This article highlights…

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July 28, 2023

Data governance in Africa: Lessons on regulating to foster inclusion, innovation and growth

I recently had the privilege of sharing my experiences on advancing data justice in African states, during an expert workshop organised by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East…

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June 16, 2023

Nigeria’s industries without smokestacks are delivering better economic opportunities than traditional sectors

Persistently high levels of unemployment have emerged to become a key policy challenge in Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2018, the unemployment rate rose from 5 percent to 23 percent. Worsened…

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May 31, 2023

Redefining our priorities: Food, not tobacco

Nigeria has a population of over 200 million people and is one of the largest producers of tobacco in Africa. However, Nigeria faces significant challenges in achieving food security. With…

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