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In the quest for Economic Growth in Africa who is getting left behind and why?

A new project from the Institute of Development Studies, entitled "Diverse Voices 2012" recently brought together three small groups in Malawi, Ethiopia and Kenya to discuss the issues and events of most importance to the vulnerable in these societies. The groups were a forum for some of those whose opinions have not had an equal chance of reaching lawmakers, practitioners, researchers and journalists. As a result, Diverse Voices is hosting a Global Debate on 7th June 2012. The focus will be the question that these groups felt most needed answering - In the quest for Economic Growth in Africa who is getting left behind and why?

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Taking Africa’s irregular migrants into account: trends, challenges and policy options
C. Karagueuzian; A. Verdier-Chouchane / African Development Bank, 2014
A migrant is considered as irregular when he does not meet the immigration laws’ requirements while entering, residing or working in a given transit or receiving country. African migrants (both regular and irregular) esse...
Where next for social protection?
S. Devereux; K. Roelen; M. Ulrichs / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
The rapid ascendancy of social protection up the development policy agenda in the past ten to 15 years raises questions about whether its current prominence will be sustained, or whether it will turn out to be just another development...
Women's participation in elections across Africa 2012
Make Every Woman Count false 2013
The Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) Political Participation and Election Monitoring Team was formed in order to provide deeper analysis of women’s participation in politics and elections in Africa. In 2012, they published this rep...
Third Regional Conference on African Women in Political Leadership
A Ndomo; N Likimani (ed) 2011
Since 2009, FEMNET has convened an annual Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership to enhance networking and the quality of women’s leadership. This report documents the proceedings of the third such confere...
Shaping our collective futures: the Africa we want
N Abdulmelik (ed) 2013
In 50 years, what kind of Africa can we envision, and then proceed to achieve? What are the non-negotiables? What agenda will see a true transformation of the world in which we live? What factors will enable us to not simply survive, ...
International experiences in removing user fees for health services: implications for Mozambique
R. Yates / DFID Health Resource Centre (HRC), 2006
This report considers if user fees for health services should be removed and reviews the experiences of countries that have gone down this route. It also provides an overview of the history of ‘user fee’ implementation in ...
Scaling-up ITN access and use in sub-Saharan Africa : Estimated LLIN requirements and coverage outcomes based on the global delivery strategy mix
J. Webster; L. Smith; J. Lines / DFID Health Resource Centre (HRC), 2008
This report presents the relative cost-effectiveness of scaling-up delivery of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN). It concludes that there is currently unrealistic optimism on the levels of access to LLINs and their use that can be...
Helpdesk Report: best practices for vocational skills training in Africa
L. Bolton / Department for International Development, UK, 2011
The literature on vocational training discusses practices in both the formal and informal sectors and from both government and non-government providers. One best practice common to all of these emerges. It is fundamental that the obje...
Helpdesk Report: Contraceptive prevalence rate increases
L. Bolton / Department for International Development, UK, 2011
Based on UN MDG data for married women, countries that achieved a 3% or 5% increase in a year or a similar average over more years include The Gambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.  Statistics from other sources include incr...
Helpdesk Report: Availability of essential medicines
Department for International Development, UK, 2012
Medicines are integral of any healthcare system, and limited access to medicines undermines health systems’ objectives of equity, efficiency and health development. In African countries, where it is estimated that 50–60% o...
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