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Key outcomes from COMESA policy dialogue on STR implementation by Charles Data Alemi

COMESA recently held a technical policy dialogue in Nairobi Kenya on implementation of the COMESA Simplified Trade Regime (STR) from the 8th to the 9th of October. Organized by COMESA under the 11 European Development Fund (EDF) Small Scale Cross Border Trade Initiative (SCCBTI), the meeting objective was to discuss policy and technical aspects of […]

By |6th November 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The poverty, growth and inequality triangle by Sean Schwager

Poverty, Growth and Inequality

Poverty reduction is a social imperative that society largely agrees on. From this agreement emerges two starkly divergent schools of thought which dominate news headlines and public discourse. We often hear the term “trickledown economics”, the idea that economic growth within an economy is the best way to reduce poverty and benefit those at […]

By |31st October 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A different take on Regional Integration – the ASEAN way by Keith Atkinson

The declaration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 was the realisation of the regional economic integration of the ten economies of the ASEAN Member States, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The AEC was established to promote free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour […]

By |16th August 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Building a market system: a glimpse into DRC’s aquaculture industry by Dr Isla Farley

 BACKGROUND

Despite the country’s economic potential, many in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remain desperately poor. After many years of conflict and instability 69% of the DRC’s population lives in poverty [1]. Economic opportunities, like capitalising on the strong demand for fish, are much needed.

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has embarked on an innovative […]

By |25th July 2019|Blog|0 Comments

What role will RECs have in AfCFTA implementation? by Chad Capon

With Sierra Leone and the Sahrawi Republic having deposited their domestication implements in April, the AfCFTA came into force on the 30th of May 2019. Accordingly, there have been ToRs from donors requesting the development of National Implementation Strategies and other requests associated with the implementation of the AfCFTA.

There have been a number of articles […]

By |13th June 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning with Mmm… Elephants & Lions by Jonathan Thorneycroft

The Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery (ZEN) project is a collaborative partnership between Wild Is Life and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The project acronym – ZEN – fits perfectly with its objective to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned elephants that have been affected by poaching incidents throughout Zimbabwe. The goal is to release and reintegrate […]

By |25th April 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Chikolongo Farm Project – Creating sustainable livelihoods by David Bargh

Background to Chikolongo

A quick search on google will tell you everything you need to know about “human-wildlife conflict zones”. The world wildlife fund (WWF) defines this issue as “any interaction between humans and wildlife that results in negative impacts on human social, economic or cultural life, on the conservation of wildlife populations, or on the […]

By |7th March 2019|Blog|0 Comments

AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund – agribusiness support programme by Martin Eichhorn

Imani Development and Self-Help Africa have partnered to develop and manage the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund, which is the flagship output of the Kenyan Initiative for Long-term Integration of Market Operators in Value Chains – or KILIMO VC.

Challenge funds are innovative mechanisms to assist the scaling of high-potential private sector companies that have business models […]

By |31st January 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Reflections into the year that was

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, “A week is a long time in politics”; well it is only fair to say then that a year in politics is a very, very long time. What a year it has been in politics and every other sphere we observe and work in.

Brexit continues to dominate, and […]

By |7th December 2018|Blog|0 Comments

What is the value of social entrepreneurship for a non-profit organisation working for social development and justice? by Elena Mancebo

While social entrepreneurship is still a relatively new concept in South Africa, most social development sector commentators agree that traditional non-profit funding is shrinking ever year, and most funders increasingly expect some form of financial self-sufficiency in the organisations and projects they fund.

This is why more and more non-profit organisations are testing new income-generating ideas. […]

By |2nd November 2018|Blog|0 Comments