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Human Rights 365 – every day is a human rights day
This year’s Human Rights Day theme, Human Rights 365, stressed the importance of recognizing every day as a human rights day. It highlighted the key principle that human rights are for everyone, everywhere, and at all times. Human rights defenders worldwide have posted their messages on the video sharing platform Vine to celebrate the event. The UN Secretary-General has called for everyone to speak out and denounce authorities who deny the rights to any person on the basis of class, opinion or sexual orientation. Ban Ki-moon said: “Everyone can advance the struggle against injustice, intolerance and extremism.”

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Features of South-South cooperation and global dynamics
Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2014
The sharp economic growth across Southern economies and subsequent deepening in their cooperation has evoked a growing interest in understanding the nature of South-South cooperation (SSC). The idea of SSC is not itself new but has co...
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...
Resource rents, institutions and violent civil conflicts
I. Elbadawi; R. Soto 2013
Natural resources have been blamed for inducing slow growth and sparking civil conflicts and violence. This paper first develops a model to account for the hazard of armed civil conflicts as a manifestation of the natural resource cur...
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...
Contribution of structural change to productivity growth: evidence from Tunisia
M. Ali Marouani; R Mouelhi / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2013
Tunisia presents an interesting setting in which to study the dynamics of structural change because of going through a progressive programme of domestic and foreign liberalisation process during the past twenty-five years. Until the l...
Different Arab Springs? The political elite and de facto political power
M. Baliamoune Lutz / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2013
The intensive campaign of civil resistance that led to the ousting of the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia in January 2011 ushered what has become known as the Arab Spring. Yet, the outcomes in other Arab countries where citizens have tried ...
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...
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