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August 3, 2020

Prospects for Building Fiscal Buffers to Manage Unprecedented Shocks in Nigeria

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was accompanied by an unprecedented shock, with colossal impact on economic activities worldwide. One of the major effects is the global economic lock-down…

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July 17, 2020

Are agriculture and economic development still antithetical? Reflections for a post-COVID recovery plan

If evidence were still required, the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent nosedive of oil prices has once more reminded us of the shortcomings of Nigeria’s oil dependence. Despite decades of…

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June 23, 2020

Covid-19: Opportunity for reflecting on prospects for inclusive growth in Nigeria

There is huge uncertainty regarding the extent to which the current coronavirus pandemic would impact globalization and economic growth in the near future. Some experts have predicted an initial decline…

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June 8, 2020

Ensuring learning continuity for every African child in the time of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 250 million primary and secondary children are out of school in Africa. If schools only reopen when normalcy returns, which is estimated to be in 2021…

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May 11, 2020

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…

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April 20, 2020

Effective Targeting of COVID-19 Aid in Nigeria

Faced with an invisible and novel enemy to fight, governments across the globe have deliberately shut down their economies and placed cities on lockdown in order to stem the spread…

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April 20, 2020

Nigeria Education in Focus (Issue 5)

According to UNESCO, about 35.9 million primary and secondary school learners are currently out-of-school as a result of the school closures. For primary schools, this number totals approximately 25.6 million…

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April 13, 2020

The implication of Covid-19 pandemic on the Nigerian Economy

The Global Health Hazards and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 In December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases from an unknown virus surfaced in Wuhan, China. Based on initial laboratory findings,…

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March 9, 2020

The Growing Livelihood-Problem for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria

“I was almost killed” Amos is perched on the edge of the bench, next to me, underneath the broad shade of an old mango tree. It is mid-afternoon, and the…

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February 25, 2020

How Big is Nigeria’s Power Demand?

Context: Nigeria has Africa’s largest population and economy, but Nigerians consume 144 kwh per capita annually, only 3.5% as much as South Africans.1 With only 12 GW installed, and typically just one-third…

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January 21, 2020

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…

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November 7, 2019

Nigeria’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking: Behind the Numbers

On 24th October 2019, the World Bank’s 2020 Ease of Doing Business report was released announcing that Nigeria has climbed 15-places up to 131 rank out of 190 countries globally.…

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October 21, 2019

Nigeria Education in Focus (Issue4)

Education is acknowledged largely as a significant tool because it equips students with the functional skills for decent living and generates human capital that can spur economic development. Education has…

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September 30, 2019

The Global South and development assistance

While cooperation between countries in the global South has existed since the 1955 Bandung Asian-African conference, South-South cooperation (SSC) has recently experienced rapid growth and rising global prominence. In 2013,…

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September 2, 2019

Future Energy Use in the Developing World: Implications for poverty reduction and climate goals

In view of the long-standing debate between green growth and de-growth, this analysis throws light on the dimensions of future energy use growth and its implication for development and climate…

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August 30, 2019

Chinese think tanks with Chinese characteristics: some lessons for African think tanks

Think tanks in China have drawn prominence in the global body of think tankers since the end of the Chinese closed-border policy era. By all accounts, the number of Chinese think…

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