Africa South of Sahara
- Spotlight series: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
The dynamics of poverty and agro-food systems are a focus for research and policy engagement institute PLAAS, one of the content partners working with Eldis to showcase Southern produced research.
Land is hot property, especially in Africa where there has been a rapid growth in land-based investments and a rising concern about land grabs. It is estimated that 70 per cent of the land which has been part of large-scale transnational land deals in recent years have been in Africa, as international buyers seek to take advantage of cheap land in the face of rising demands to meet food and energy needs. But this scramble does not always benefit the people living on or off the land.
These are some of the issues being grappled with by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), which focuses on the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa. Through its research, policy engagement, teaching and training, the emphasis is on the restructuring and contesting land holding and agro-food systems and the analysis of marginalised livelihoods in Southern Africa.
- Economic integration and development partnerships: Southern perspectives
- Research and Information System for Developing Countries 2017
- As part of its work programme on capacity-building among developing countries on global and regional economic issues RIS has been conducting its flaghship Capacity-Building Programme on International Economic Issues and Develo...
- Older people in situations of migration In Africa: the untold migration story
- HelpAge International 2017
- Older people in Africa are involved in all aspects of the migration chain: they are voluntary or forced migrants themselves, they shape the migration experience of others by funding youth migration and being involved in the decision-m...
- Mineral governance barometer - Southern Africa
- R. Alence; R. Mattes / Southern African Resource Watch 2017
- Southern 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...
- A practical agenda to reducing technical barriers to trade in SADC
- C. Wood / Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa 2017
- Technical regulations refer to product and process specifications, whether voluntary (standards) or legally required (compulsory specifications). This policy brief provides context for technical regulation in the Southern Afric...
- Innovative risk finance solutions – Insights for geothermal power development in Kenya and Ethiopia
- Paula Rolffs; J. Richardson; A. Amin / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
- Geothermal 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 ...
- Can the APRM be an effective tool to monitor Agenda 2063 and the SDGs?
- T. Corrigan; S. Gruzd / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
- Monitoring and evaluation has emerged as a central concern in development thinking. Both the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the AUs Agenda 2063 represent responses to Africas developmental defic...
- Africa’s climate: helping decision-makers make sense of climate information
- Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
- African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continents climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the regions develo...
- Africa's prospects for enjoying a demographic dividend
- D. Bloom; M. Kuhn; K. Prettner / Vienna Institute of Demography 2016
- While 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 ...
- Conditional cash transfers in Africa: limitations and potentials
- O. Akinola 2016
- Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are currently amongst the most popular social protection programmes for addressing poverty, vulnerabilities, and risks of poor individuals, households and communities in d...
- Invasive plants and food security in Africa:the potential of Earth Observation Data
- T. Landmann / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
- The 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...