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- 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.Document
Still no alternative? Popular views of the opposition in Southern Africa’s one-party dominant regimesAfrobarometer, 2017Dominant party systems in Southern Africa differ widely in the extent and nature of this dominance, in their overall democratic quality, as well as in public attitudes toward the political opposition.DocumentSouth African Institute of International Affairs, 2017The quest for competitive elections in Africa, with the modest gains made since the 1990s towards deepeningdemocratisation, continues to underpin the continent’s efforts to create stable and growing democracies.