Policy Brief & Alerts

January 16, 2023

Socioeconomic costs of tobacco use and caregivers burden: implications for comprehensive tobacco control

Tobacco use kills primary and secondary smokers. While 7 million primary smokers die annually from tobacco use, more than 1.2 million non-smokers also die annually from being exposed to second-hand…

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December 31, 2022

Agricultural Development Financing and Food Inflation in Nigeria: What the Government may need to do differently

Over the years, the Nigerian government has deployed development financing initiatives to boost food production through increased access to finance for farmers and other small businesses in the sector. While…

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September 28, 2022

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…

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September 28, 2022

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…

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August 31, 2022

Shaping Responsible Data Governance Institutions in Africa

Data governance frameworks, structures and implementation approaches are all institutionally driven. Building an African data economy that benefits citizens and businesses requires the existence of responsible, sustainable and robust data…

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July 5, 2022

Recovering from COVID: Building Resilience in Select African Economies

This policy insight synthesises the findings of six sub-Saharan African country case studies, analysing their government policy responses to the trade and employment shocks prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vulnerability…

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June 27, 2022

Towards A Data-driven Agenda among Indigenous Businesses in Africa

African indigenous businesses (AIBs) are in the nascent stages of becoming data-driven and innovative through data analytics. The data-driven agenda looks promising in industries like manufacturing (distribution), health, agriculture, and…

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June 14, 2022

Fiscal Analytic Snapshot: Nigeria

This brief provides an analytical snapshot of the economy and public finances in Nigeria. It is based on publicly available data produced by the Government of Nigeria, and a range…

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June 2, 2022

Africa: Opportunities for a robust COVID-19 recovery grounded on SDG 16

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for the African continent in achieving peace, justice and inclusive and effective institutions, including significant negative effects on economic, social and political conditions.…

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May 28, 2022

The Economic and Social Costs of Out of School Children in Nigeria

Out-of-school children (OOSC) has long been a global problem that affects a country in various ramifications. With 10.5 million OOSC, Nigeria is recognised to have the largest number of children…

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May 18, 2022

Addressing lack of public engagement in Africa’s data governance practices

Public participation is an integral aspect of ensuring effective and advanced data governance practices. African countries are largely in need of strong and efficient data governance systems. To build such…

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May 6, 2022

Harnessing The Potential of Demographic Dividend In Sudan

Sudan has transitioned to the era of demographic dividend. Yet, evidence from various sources shows that adequate policies have not been put in place to enable the country to achieve…

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April 22, 2022

The Potential of Accelerated Education Programmes in Solving the Out-of- School Children and Youth Problem in West Africa

In many countries, myriad policy efforts and initiatives have been launched toward achieving the goal of Education for All. These include: grass-roots lobbying for the importance of schooling, political declarations…

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March 4, 2022

Curtailing State Extremism In Data Governance

There is an increasing level of attention and growing conversations at the national, regional and global levels, around the imperative for a more effective set of rules and regulations to…

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December 25, 2021

Facilitating Finance and Global Trade for Small and Marginal Farmers in Africa

Agriculture has been an integral part of the human society, the most persisting productive human engagement across times and space. Globally, about 5 billion hectares are classified as agricultural land…

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October 13, 2021

COVID-19: How Can The G20 Address Debt Distress In SSA?

The Covid-19 pandemic occurred at a time when sovereign debt had already increased substantially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Between 2010-2017, government debt as a share of GDP averaged 34.5% in…

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