policy

Investing in Education for National Development: Policy Priorities for Nigeria’s New Administration

The progress and advancement of any given nation is significantly dependent on its human capital, which is cultivated through the provision of high-quality basic education. This is established in the definition of education, which links it to the stock of skills, competencies, and other productivity-enhancing characteristics. Thus, the prioritisation of basic educational policies that tackle […]

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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 sector or at the bottom pyramid of the formal labour market. Promoting women’s inclusion in the top echelon of the labour market remains a knotty […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 49)

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced a new policy on cash withdrawals on 6th December 2022.2 According to the policy, the maximum weekly withdrawal over the counter is set at N100,000 for individuals and N500,000 for organizations. Any withdrawal above these limits shall attract processing charges of 5 percent and 10 percent, respectively. In addition, withdrawals […]

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Learning trajectories: A practical tool for tracking learning and taking action

Learning trajectories are graphs that show how many children achieve a certain level of minimum proficiency at each grade. While learning trajectories have previously been used for research, two new efforts show that they can also serve as practical tools to analyse the learning crisis and take informed action. First, the Research on Improving Systems of Education […]

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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 guide the use and sharing of online data and digital footprints of individuals, firms and governments. The rationale is that a framework of policies and […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 48)

The World Bank, at the launch of November 2021 edition of Nigeria’s Development Update discussed the state of Nigeria’s economy and made several policy recommendations. One of the notable suggestions was that of fixing the exchange rate policies in the country. According to the report, the existence of parallel rates in the foreign exchange market […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 45)

The Federal Executive Council has ratified Nigeria’s membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement ahead of the December 5, 2020 deadline.1 The AfCFTA, which comes into effect on the 1st of January 2021, aims to create a single market for goods and services in Africa that can potentially increase consumer and business […]

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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 tanks have risen to top any global lists of think tanks. As a research associate in a leading think tank in Nigeria, the Centre for the Study […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 22)

The NBS National outcome report on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), suggests improvements in achieving SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) in Nigeria. Accesses to the three WASH areas is indicated to have advanced in five years, up until 2018. In 2013, 56.9% of Nigeria’s population had access to improved and safe drinking water; by […]

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State-owned enterprises

The Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) Benchmarking Exercise Report (BER) 2017[1] assessed the operational activities in the nation’s oil and gas sector between 2015 and 2017 against the Natural Resource Charter[2]. The exercise sought to unveil the true state of oil resource extraction, governance, and transparency among others based on a set of underlying economic […]

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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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