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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

Trading costs inhibits intra-regional trade by Jandre Conradie

The cost of trade has generally been seen as an inhibiting factor of intra-regional trade in Africa. Considering the export characteristics of South Africa, one of the continent’s largest exporters both regionally and internationally, and the costs it faces in exporting to the region, the challenges related to prohibitive trading costs becomes apparent.

Of the top […]

By |2nd July 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Role of FDI in Development by Khwima Singini

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is by far the largest and most stable source of capital for developing countries. However, the distribution of FDI has been uneven across different regions and countries.

Since 1992, China has attracted the largest proportion of FDI, the impact of which cannot be underestimated despite some of it being round trip. The […]

By |1st April 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Value Chains in SSA – The Way Forward by Francois van Heerden

Value chains have changed the world and are rapidly changing and evolving due to the increasing rate of technology innovation, communication technology, and computer integrated technology. UNCTAD defines a global/regional value chain as, ‘the sequence of all functional activities required in the process of value creation involving more than one country’.
Regional and Global value chain […]

By |1st April 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The World Isn’t As Broken As You Think by Jaco Slabbert

When you’ve been working in development for a long time, you can easily become a little pessimistic about the state of the world. It could seem as if your actions are in vain especially when looking at all these developmental issues in their entirety. Yet, the old saying goes ‘you eat an elephant one bite at […]

By |1st April 2015|Blog|0 Comments