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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?

Latest Documents

A tale of two presidents: assessments of ‘chitsulo cha njanje’ and ‘amayi’ in Malawi
M.G. Tsoka / Afrobarometer, 2013
This briefing paper uses a recent Afrobarometer survey to compare people’s assessments of the two most recent presidents of Malawi, the incumbent, Mrs. Joyce Banda, and her predecessor, the late Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika. Th...
Tanzania: citizens’ perceptions and attitudes towards taxation, tax enforcement and tax officials
R.J. Aiko / Afrobarometer, 2013
The last two decades have seen Tanzania implement important reforms of its tax system in search for more reliable financing for development. This brief explores contemporary public opinions and attitudes towards taxation, tax enforcem...
Township replanning: the case of INK
Urban LandMark, 2009
The townships of Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) are about 25km north of the Durban city centre. The area covers 9340ha of land, and is home to about 580,000 people (18 per cent of Durban’s population) in 115,136 households. ...
Reducing the vulnerability of urban slum dwellers in the Southern African region to the impact of climate change and disasters
M. Rubin / Urban LandMark, 2011
Current estimates of climate change state that the world’s average temperature is due to increase by at least 2oC to 2.4oC over the next 50?100 years. Furthermore it is expected that by the end of the century a range of addition...
Fighting for land security in Southern Africa
M. Napier / Urban LandMark, 2010
It has emerged quite clearly from Urban LandMark’s work in South Africa – and increasingly in the region – that the emergence of more sophisticated property markets has taken place locally and in most larger cities i...
Governance and democracy attitudes in higher performing African countries
B. Lindeke / Afrobarometer, 2013
Namibia is usually regarded as one of the best performing democracies in Africa. This paper compares public attitudes that are central to democratic life across high performing countries in Africa, focusing particularly on Namibia, ye...
Urban land markets in Southern African cities
Urban LandMark, 2011
The cities in southern Africa reflect the rapid urbanisation characteristic of sub-Saharan Africa in general. Angola, Botswana and South Africa have the highest levels of urbanisation with about 60% of their population living in citie...
Urban Land Markets in East Africa
p. Syagga 2011
The cities in the East African region are characterised by rapid urbanisation and uncontrolled spatial sprawl, with large informal settlements and inadequate service provision. The research study investigates how urban land markets op...
Small-scale Private Rental in South Africa
Urban LandMark, 2011
Small-scale private rental is an international phenomenon, and is not unique to South Africa. This sub-sector is generally one of the most successful, efficient and pervasive accommodation delivery systems in South Africa. Of the 2.4-...
Strategies to help poor people access urban land markets
City planners mostly agree that poor people need to be better located in cities to improve their access to social amenities and economic opportunities. Living, trading or producing goods on better located land also gives people access...
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