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- The BLDS print collection
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- The diffusion of health knowledge through social networks: an impact evaluation of health knowledge asymmetries on child health
- International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 2014
- This research is embedded in a larger cluster-randomised control trial that aimed to evaluate the impact of Helen Keller International’s Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) model on the nutritional status of women and youn...
- Specialisation or diversification? Divergent perspectives on rice farming in three large dam-irrigated areas in the Sahel
- B. Guèye / International Institute for Environment and Development, 2014
- This report is based on the main lessons and recommendations from three case studies analysing the strategies, aspirations and constraints of the various types of farmers living around the dams of Bagré (Burkina Faso), Sé...
- Maternal health care utilization in Nairobi and Ouagadougou: Evidence from HDSS
- African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya, 2014
- Maternal mortality is higher and skilled attendance at delivery is lower in the slums of Nairobi (Kenya) compared to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Lower numbers of public health facilities, greater distance to facilities, and higher cos...
- The political participation of Africa’s youth: turnout, partisanship and protest
- D. Resnick; D. Casale / Afrobarometer, 2011
- The youth have long represented an important constituency for electoral mobilisation in Africa, but very little is known about the political participation of Africa’s youth. The current paper focuses on different modes of politi...
- Populations are ageing at an unprecedented rate. This will undermine the financial sustainability of not only traditional pension systems, but also conventional healthcare systems. This report argues that urgent action in many countries around the globe is required to meet these challenges. The report describes three thought-provoking scenarios to 2030. They are not designed to predict the future but to explore the boundaries of the plausible. The authors also explore two case study countries, China and Italy, to see how the scenarios could play out in developed and emerging economies. The scenarios are designed to challenge current thinking, create new insights, facilitate the debate between key decision-makers and provide momentum for action: scenario one: "The Winners and the Rest" - is a world in which global economic growth delays the financial consequences of the emerging demographic crisis. Despite growing liabilities from ageing populations, most governments are able to maintain scaled-back versions of existing social security systems, which they do as a matter of political expediency. However, amid growing inequality and underinvestment in the public sector, such systems are seen as increasingly inadequate by those forced by low incomes to rely on them, creating a conflict-ridden climate of “The Winners and the Rest” on a global scale scenario two: "We Are in This Together" - is a world distinguished by a concerted effort on behalf of leaders and electorates to rein in growing inequality and reassert the idea of collective responsibility and accountability for social services. In this world, growth is moderate, but lower than expected returns on capital are compensated for by an emphasis on finding innovative, efficient and inclusive ways to manage the financial implications of the demographic shift, including family- and community-based solutions scenario three: "You Are on Your Own" - is a world in which an economic recession is prolonged in the early 2010s, causing fiscal difficulties for most state-funded pension and health systems. Individual responsibility is forced upon many people by the failure of existing social security systems under extreme financial pressure. Struggling to borrow or raise taxes sufficiently, many governments take aggressive measures – such as “retiring retirement” – to push healthcare and pension liabilities onto individuals and the private sector, maintaining only an absolutely minimal role in social security provision for the very need
- C. Logan / Afrobarometer, 2011
- Information on what the public wants has often been missing from the process of policy formulation in Africa. This discussion explores some specific ways in which Afrobarometer data can contribute to policy-making and implementation p...
- Who says elections in Ghana are ‘free and fair’?
- S. Parku / Afrobarometer, 2014
- Since 2000, elections in Ghana have been lauded by observers as being “free and fair”; however, the losing political party has consistently contested the election results. This paper uses Afrobarometer survey data to exami...
- After a decade of growth in Africa, little change in poverty at the grassroots
- B. Dulani; R. Mattes; C. Logan / Afrobarometer, 2013
- Afrobarometer data on lived poverty in Africa provide an important basis for testing assumptions about the effects of the continent’s recent economic growth on poverty reduction. The current paper indicates that Afrobarometer da...
- Africa rising?: popular dissatisfaction with economic management despite a decade of growth
- J. Hofmeyr / Afrobarometer, 2013
- Many African individuals still experience regular shortages of basic necessities, and rates of “lived poverty” remain high. In this context, the current paper shows that across 34 countries, a majority (53%) rate the curre...
- The partnership of free speech & good governance in Africa
- W. Mitullah; P. Kamau / Afrobarometer, 2013
- Much of Africa has undergone a radical transformation in terms of the freedom to communicate in the last two decades, but despite the opening and expansion of media and technology, freedom of expression is still enjoyed unequally acro...
- 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 ...