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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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Governments falter in fight to curb corruption: the people give most a failing grade
S. Richmond; C. Alpin / Afrobarometer, 2013
Corruption punishes the poor the most. This paper underlines that poor Africans perceive higher levels of corruption in their state institutions and are more likely to pay a bribe in order to obtain official documents, gain access to ...
What people want from government: basic services performance ratings, 34 countries
J. Asunka / Afrobarometer, 2013
The current paper relies on an Afrobarometer survey that asked people in 34 African countries to rate the governmental performance in their countries regarding basic services. The paper shows that Africans hold largely negative views ...
Oil & mining countries: transparency low, impunity high
E. Gyimah-Boadi; D. Armah-Attoh; M. Awal / Afrobarometer, 2013
Minerals are important economic resource for Africa. In this sense, Twenty-two of 34 African countries surveyed by Afrobarometer stake their countries' economic futures on development of mineral or oil production. The paper dem...
Peace and Security Council Report: Issue 65
Institute for Security Studies, 2014
This edition includes: The African Union (AU) response to events in Burkina Faso since the ousting of former president Blaise Compaoré on 31 October raises a number of important questions for the AU. This was the...
Mitigating ‘non-conflict’ violence by creating peaceful political settlements
M. Schultze-Kraft / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2014
Understanding and addressing ‘non-conflict’ violence is a key challenge for development. Different types of ‘non-conflict’ violence, such as homicide, massacres, armed robbery and gender-based violence, which o...
Operation Likofi: Police killings and enforced disappearances in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Human Rights Watch, 2014
On November 15, 2013, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo launched “Operation Likofi,” a police operation aimed at ending crime by members of organized criminal gangs known as “kuluna.” The kulun...
Africa’s willing taxpayers thwarted by opaque tax systems, corruption
R. Aiko; C. Logan / Afrobarometer, 2014
Mobilisation of resources through taxation is a top priority on Africa's development agenda. The current paper reveal widespread citizen commitment in 29 sub-Saharan African countries to the principle of taxation and to taking respons...
China–Zimbabwe relations: a model of China–Africa relations?
Z. Chun / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
There are two parallel interpretations of the relationship between China and Zimbabwe: on the one hand, it is often viewed as a microcosm of China–Africa relations due to its economic and resource elements; on the other, it is p...
Support for African women's equality rises: education, jobs & political participation still unequal
A. Chingwete; S. Richmond; C. Alpin / Afrobarometer, 2014
Across the globe, women and girls lack access to the levels of education, economic power and political leadership enjoyed by men. However, an Afrobarometer's survey of more than 50,000 people in 34 African countries shows broad suppor...
Mali’s public mood reflects newfound hope
M. Bratton; P. Penar / Afrobarometer, 2014
In 2012, an Afrobarometer survey found that three quarters of adult Malians were worried that the country was moving in “the wrong direction”. A year later, however, a follow-up survey revealed that two thirds of all Malia...
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