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- DocumentSouthern African Resource Watch, 2017Southern Africa is endowed with lucrative mineral resources such as diamonds, gold, copper, coal, platinum, and uranium. This rich endowment can be a major asset in the quest for inclusive and sustainable development, yet mining in Southern Africa has often been criticised as an enclave sector that at best contributes little to economic development and at worst does substantial social andDocumentTrade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa, 2017Technical regulations refer to product and process specifications, whether voluntary (standards) or legally required (compulsory specifications).DocumentClimate and Development Knowledge Network, 2017Geothermal development is on the rise in many regions of the world. However, the high costs of field development, coupled with the high risks associated with resource exploration and drilling, still pose a significant barrier to private sector financing.Insurance can mitigate the risks to investors and increase flows of private finance to the industry.DocumentSouth African Institute of International Affairs, 2017Monitoring and evaluation has emerged as a central concern in development thinking. Both the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the AU’s Agenda 2063 represent responses to Africa’s developmental deficits, with much overlap between them.DocumentClimate and Development Knowledge Network, 2017African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s development challenges.DocumentVienna Institute of Demography, 2016While fertility rates and dependency ratios in Africa remain high, they have started to decline. According to United Nations projections, they will fall further in the coming decades such that by the mid-21st century the ratio of the working-age to dependent population will be greater than in Asia, Europe, and Northern America.Document2016Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are currently amongst the most popular social protection programmes for addressingpoverty, vulnerabilities, and risks of poor individuals, households and communities in developing Latin American, African, and Asian countries. However, the increasing popularity and adoption of CCTs in Africa have remained highly understudiDocumentSouth African Institute of International Affairs, 2017The spread of invasive plant species has serious consequences for Africa. Toxic weeds and harmful shrubs significantly shrink rangelands and lower the productivity of major grain foods such as maize (in some instances by up to 45%). Toxic weeds suppress the growth of staple crops and take over fields that could otherwise be used for agriculture.OrganisationThe AU Commission’s Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa aims to combat negative practices that impinge on or contravene the rights and welfare of the child, in particular the girl-child.Document
Climate change adaption readiness: lessons from the 2015/16 El Niño for climate readiness in Southern AfricaSouth African Institute of International Affairs, 2017Southern Africa is experiencing its worst drought in at least 35 years. The drought is associated with an acute El Niño cycle, a periodic weather phenomenon that affects weather patterns across large regions of the globe, including Southern Africa.