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Interview with Dr. Nicholas Charalambides on M&E in Trade Agreements

Imani Development recently designed a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between six SADC member states and the EU, known as the SADC-EU EPA. Elena Mancebo, M&E specialist at Imani Development, sat down with Dr Nick Charalambides to reflect on what were our learnings and findings from this and other […]

By |22nd June 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Chikolongo Farm Project by Regine Ankoma-Bempong

Located in Southern Malawi, on the border of the Liwonde National Park, a community of humans and animals exist side by side. Liwonde National Park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including elephant, impala, kudu, waterbuck, buffalo, crocodile and hippopotamus. Chikolongo village is located on the Park’s western boundary, and due to its […]

By |22nd December 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Effective Implementation of SADC’s STR by Mirabel Bausinger

First Steps towards Facilitating Trade for Women and Small-Scale Traders in SADC

Small-scale, often informal, cross-border trade (CBT) plays a significant role in Africa’s trade environment; informal trade represents over a third of SADC’s intra-regional trade (an estimated value of almost $18 billion per year[1]). More significant than the economic proportion of intra-regional trade that small-scale […]

By |7th December 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Evaluation in the 21st Century by Elena Mancebo

Development practitioners – donors, designers, policy shapers and implementers – across the globe agree that evaluation must play a stronger role in shaping development efforts. For some time now, we have heard calls for “evidence-based” policy-making; for the professionalisation of evaluation practice as well as for the need to increase the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) […]

By |14th June 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Photos: Border Visits – Nyamapanda/Cochemane

Imani Development has been undertaking a range of border assessments as part of our Development of the SADC Simplified Trade Regime. The primary focus of this is supporting the SADC Secretariat and SADC Member States in drafting, negotiating, and finalising the SADC STR.



By |23rd May 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Managing Risk in Development by Andy Simpson, MD

Development agencies, philanthropists, charities and to a lesser extent even corporates are all active social change agents – whether they explicitly focus on health, education, agriculture, enterprise, the arts or any of a myriad of sectors that speak to the human condition either directly or indirectly.  Most are acutely aware of their contributors/donors/shareholders and are […]

By |10th May 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Effective, Accessible Transport in Cape Town: What can be done?

Martin Eichhorn

In recognition of the daily transport difficulties faced by People with Disabilities in Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust commissioned Imani Development to conduct research into the issue and draw up potential solutions. With the end-goal of piloting and – ultimately – rolling out an independent social enterprise to cater for travelers with disabilities, […]

By |9th February 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Informal Cross-Border Trade – Innovative Interventions Achieve Positive Results

Informal Cross-Border Trade (ICBT) throughout the EAC makes up a significant part of the trade conducted within the region and neighbouring countries – 80% of those participating are women. ICBT refers to traders operating entirely outside of the formal economy, or registered traders partially or completely evading trade-related regulations and duties

Some of the primary causes and effects of […]

By |3rd October 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund Portfolio

The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF), supported by UNDP and UKAid, is a US$8 million competitive, transparent mechanism that provides grant finance for innovative projects proposed by private sector firms active in Malawi’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

The main aims of the MICF are:

To harness the strengths of the private sector to generate and test new […]

By |2nd February 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Black Holes in African Trade Data by Cyril Prinsloo

Imani colleague, Cyril Prinsloo, recently collaborated with Ron Sandrey from the Trade Law Centre (tralac) on an article investigating “black holes” in trade data, with a key focus on intra-African trade. A black hole is defined in Wikipedia as a mathematically defined region of space-time exhibiting such a strong gravitational pull that no particle or electromagnetic radiation […]

By |31st July 2015|Blog|0 Comments