Africa

The Economics of Tobacco Control in Nigeria: Modelling the Fiscal and Health Effects of a Tobacco Excise Tax Change

The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasises that tobacco use is a significant hurdle to public health and development gains worldwide, as it imposes significant economic costs on countries both in terms of direct medical care for adults and lost productivity. Cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use impose a large and growing public health […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 24)

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows into Nigeria contracted substantially in 2018. Figures from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) show that FDI inflows dropped by a significant 43% to $2 billion in 20181, ripping Nigeria off the top position as the largest FDI recipient in West Africa, in favor of Ghana. Evidence […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 23)

In the first quarter of 2019, total foreign trade increased to N8.24 trillion1. This figure is 2.5% higher compared to 2018Q4 and 7.5% higher relative to the corresponding quarter in 2018 (2018Q1). The boost in trade resulted from increased values of both imports and exports. The value of total imports increased to N3.70 trillion, representing […]

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An assessment on livelihood opportunities for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria (Pt2)

In 2015, the majority of the IDPs population arising from the Boko Haram insurgency constituted 79 per cent of the IDPs population in Nigeria. These Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) including widowed women and children orphaned by the conflict, are largely catered for by international humanitarian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and agencies of the United Nations, in […]

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CSEA: Highlighting Our experience as a Think Tank in Africa

Since inception in 2008, the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) has provided evidence-based research in an effort to enhance development outcomes in Nigeria and Africa. Our research includes: Public financial Management and Growth, Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, Education, Health and Population Dynamics, Trade Investment and Growth, Global Economic […]

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Is a debt crisis looming in Africa?

concerns about an impending debt crisis in Africa are rising alongside the region’s growing debt levels. As of 2017, 19 African countries have exceeded the 60 percent debt-to-GDP threshold set by the African Monetary Co-operation Program (AMCP) for developing economies, while 24 countries have surpassed the 55 percent debt-to-GDP ratio suggested by the International Monetary […]

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A Scoping Study of Nigeria’s Tobacco Market and Policy Space

Tobacco use and control in Nigeria and other African countries have received little attention relative to other regions like Asia and Latin America. This is due to the perceived low smoking prevalence in Africa compared to the more immediate need for interventions against infectious diseases. However, the trends are changing quickly. Economic growth rate in […]

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African Economic Conference 2018

On the occasion of the 13th African Economic Conference (AEC), African think-tanks, researchers, policy makers, public and private sector leaders as well as representatives of Regional Economic Organizations, convened to discuss “Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development”. The gathering comes just nine months after African leaders signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 45)

According to the latest CBN financial inclusion report, overall progress towards achieving the Nigeria Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) fell short of the annualized target in 2017. The World Bank’s Findex database also shows that ownership of an account with a financial institution or a mobile money provider dropped by 4 percentage points from 44% in […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 40)

The World Bank’s recent Africa Pulse publication reveals a revised 2018 growth rate forecast for Nigeria from the earlier projected 2.1 percent to 1.9 percent1 – representing a slight downward review. The revision was premised around what the institution termed “sluggish growth” amid rising debts, and a myriad of factors including declining oil production, disruptions […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 39)

Nigeria’s all products terms of trade (calculated as the receipts of exports as a percentage of payments for imports), indicated increases in the three months of 2018Q2. Indexed at an average of 110.8% in 2018Q21, the favourable TOT reflects improvement from an average of 99.2% in 2018Q1. A further breakdown shows that TOT indices for […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 37)

The recent report by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows that Nigeria’s Human Development Index (HDI) value rose very marginally from 0.530 in 2016 to 0.532 in 20171. However, overall, the ranking remained unchanged at 157th position out of 189 sample countries – putting the nation in the low human development category, and below Ghana, […]

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T20 Africa, G20 and Africa: Assessing Our Impact and Influence

As one of the key political and economic forums in the world, the G20 Summit was created to facilitate a stable and peaceful world through promoting several development agendas. Decisions taken by this forum help to support reform at the national and international levels. Since its creation in 2012, the T20 has comprised think tanks […]

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Green Economy in Africa: Concerns and Way Forward

The green economy agenda promoted as part of the Rio+20 policy framework is indeed important to Africa for many reasons. With favorable national policies and institutions in place, the opportunities offered by a global green economy can enhance economic growth and contribute significantly to national environmental and development objectives. In fact, green economy may be […]

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