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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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Manual C: urban land access: options
Urban LandMark, 2008
The target group for this manual is the leadership of organised groups of homeless in need of land for housing development. The manual outlines the various options for how and when land can be accessed. In addition, it presents genera...
Haemorrhagic fevers in Africa: narratives, politics and pathways of disease and response
M Leach / STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, 2008
Outbreak narratives have justified rapid and sometimes draconian international policy responses and control measures. Yet there is a variety of other ways of framing haemorrhagic fevers. There present different views concerning who is...
Promoting peer review as a compliance mechanism for regional integration
C. Grant Makokera; S. Gruzd / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Multilateral organisations have long used peer review as a means to encourage compliance with commitments made in the pursuit of various socio-economic goals. Africa established the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) as an indigenou...
Challenging the negative discourse on human rights in Africa
T. Kasambala / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
The recent proliferation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and independent media across Africa is an important positive development. They play an essential role by investigating government policy, exposing corruption and human ...
Chinese Resources-For-Infrastructure (R4I) swaps: an escape from the resource curse?
P. Konijn / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
An R4I swap involves the exchange of natural resources for infrastructure. The revenues from the export of natural resources such as oil or copper are used as collateral for a loan to finance infrastructure development. R4I swaps were...
Manual B: urban land access: the steps
Urban LandMark, 2008
This manual is targeted at people who are working with or want to work with others to get land to build housing for the group in South Africa. The manual focuses on land for settlement development or urban land. The publication...
Analysis of qualitative survey on accessing, holding and trading land: synthesis report
W. Smit / Urban LandMark, 2008
Holding and trading of urban land by the poor is still an issue in South Africa. The current report presents and analysis of a number of interviews that were undertaken by concerned NGO in nine South African settlements to shed lights...
‘Good Citizens’: corporate social responsibility in Africa
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a growing consideration for businesses. The Country Review Reports (CRRs) compiled through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) provide a unique lens through which CSR application in Africa...
Corporate governance in Africa’s state-owned enterprises: perspectives on an evolving system
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
The African Peer Review Mechanism’s (APRM) Country Review Reports (CRRs) provide a unique overview of central themes in Africa’s political economy, and the insights they provide into corporate governance are particularly u...
Access to urban land: a handbook for community organisations
Urban LandMark, 2008
Lack of access to urban land by the poor is one of the biggest challenges facing South African cities. Urban LandMark, a focused NGO, organised a series of workshops across the country to document the experiences and views of communit...
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