June 13, 2024

Africa’s Decent Jobs Problem – Some Policy Options

There is a consensus among policymakers in Africa that high unemployment, especially among youth, is a major impediment to inclusive growth. A recent Afrobarometer survey (Round 9) underscores this concern,…

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June 5, 2024

Debt for Climate and Development Swaps in Nigeria

Africa’s largest economy has found itself in an increasingly vulnerable financial position due to several shocks in the past decade. It relied on private creditors to compensate for revenue shortfalls…

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April 23, 2024

Bridging the data divide: Empowering Africa’s SMEs to leverage data for growth

Data has become the currency of progress and innovation. Yet, Africa finds itself at the crossroads of a data divide, restricting its economic growth and stifling its entrepreneurial spirit. This…

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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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March 6, 2024

Ed-Tech Landscape and Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa

This study examines the adoption of education technology (Ed-Tech) in primary and secondary education in 10 sub-Saharan African countries: Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Benin, Malawi,…

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December 20, 2023

Unlocking stronger institutions, policies and citizen participation in Africa for a more effective data driven public sector

This brief evaluates the current state of enabling institutions, policies, and citizen engagement, in fostering greater data value creation in the public sector. Based on our analysis of selected sub…

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November 29, 2023

Generative AI for Long-Term Advancement and Inclusive Transformation: Empowering Africa’s Future

This policy insight highlights the impact of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) on various sectors of the African economy and identifies some of the factors limiting the responsible adoption and growth…

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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 22, 2023

Instructional Alignment in Nigeria using the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum

Systematic, quantitative evidence on education system coherence is limited. Prior research has indicated alignment of instructional components, such as curriculum standards, assessments, and teachers’ instruction, is important for children’s learning.…

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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 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 12, 2023

The Nigeria Tobacco Policy Landscape: The Role of States in Tobacco Control

Tobacco control policy refers to the efforts made to reduce the impact of tobacco use on public health. This can include measures such as increasing taxes on tobacco products, implementing…

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June 15, 2023

Women’s Participation in MSME in Nigeria: Prospects, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations

In Nigeria, women’s labour participation has begun to pick up in recent years after many years of stagnation. However, women’s entry point into labour has been mainly through the informal…

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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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