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Combating Arms trafficking and smuggling in Central Africa – What Strategies?

By |2019-03-02T02:36:04+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

By Yombo Sembe Eugene Arnaud (PDF Version) Since the end of the Cold War, Central Africa has been greatly marked by illicit proliferation and circulation of arms. The consequences are quite perceptible in the context of armed conflicts, such as civil wars, separatist wars and transnational terrorism carried out by Boko Haram. These weapons circulate wildly and uncontrollably, particularly in the Central African sub-region. How can we better control arms transfers? What strategies are needed today to limit the proliferation and illicit circulation of arms in the sub region? A strategy that applies at national, continental, sub-regional and international levels would [...]

Challenges to implementing inclusive and human-centered security mechanisms for sustainable peace in Africa

By |2019-03-03T21:50:23+00:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

. By William H. Arrey, Ph.D (PDF Version) In an interconnected world, security must be deemed a global public good.  In many parts of Africa, whenever security issues are at stake, military and strategic considerations take centre stage. Security is largely approached from a legitimate state’s monopoly on violence, assessing governmental stability and capacity to contain non-state armed and “terrorists” groups. The fundamental questions that inform this policy paper are: Can a national security initiative be effective and capable of facilitating sustainable peace and development processes while excluding strategic stakeholders such as women (alongside children) and youth who are mostly [...]

Job creation versus economic Growth in Cameroon

By |2019-02-26T17:53:53+00:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

By Dr. Fuein Vera Kum (PDF Here) The link between economic growth and job creation is not always straight forward. While economic growth is good for job creation, it is important that growth occurs in sectors that have a potential to absorb labor on a large scale. For example, growth in the manufacturing and service sectors have a positive impact on job creation [1]. Job creation – an element of growth Job creation is a cornerstone; an important component for long-lasting development and growth.  Employment creation is a priority for donors and governments, as outlined in the 2011 World Development [...]

Developing a Conducive Environment for Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Growth in Cameroon

By |2019-02-25T05:31:25+00:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

By Juliette Ngole In most of the world’s economies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are regarded as vectors for job and wealth creation. Through their investments and consumption, they create value and produce a surplus of goods and services, thereby playing a significant role in funding public services and creating a dynamic local economy [1].In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the SMEs sector accounts for more than 90% of all firms. Between 70% and 80% of SMEs are very small firms. They are the main source of jobs and income for Africans, following subsistencefarming[2]. In Cameroon, SMEs officially make up 95% of [...]

The Populists are Right – How the Franc CFA Impoverishes Africa

By |2019-03-03T21:23:41+00:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

By Lontum E. Nchadze  (PDF Version) In the fall of 2011, and in the wake of Europe's sovereign debt crisis, panic soared in Franc-Afrique currency markets as widespread rumors of a possible devaluation of the Franc CFAby the French treasury occupied the day. Very few could be ignorant of the catastrophic effects of such an action: an increase in the price of imports, a liquidity crisis with soaring inflation, because it had happened before.Given that CFA zone countries were nowhere close to the decade-long economic catastrophe that prompted the 1994 devaluation, the rumors fueled speculations that France was moving to a [...]

Key Takeaways From The Recent World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali-Indonesia

By |2018-10-21T06:37:32+00:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Key Takeaways from Recent World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali-Indonesia: An Interview with Co-Chair Lenora Ebule By Dorice Njonkep Dorice Njonkep (DN): From October 8-14, 2018 in Bali – Indonesia, you attended the IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings. What were the main topics on the agenda? Lenora Ebule (LE):The Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold annual meetings with ministers of finance and development, central bankers, private sector executives, and representatives of civil society organizations to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance. This annual meeting [...]

Social Protection in Cameroon’s Education and Health Sectors

By |2018-10-16T13:06:33+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , |

By Egoh Aziz Modi, Development Policy Analyst Social protection and welfare systems in most sub Saharan African countries are below international standards. According to the International Federation of Social Workers,[1]“social protection is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work and/or protection.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social protection engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.” The above [...]

Poll shows Cabral Libii, Joshua Osih and Maurice Kamto as Top Opposition Contenders

By |2018-09-29T20:41:56+00:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

Today, we at the Nkafu Policy Institute, are pleased to release a scientific, nationwide opinion pollof adult Cameroonians on the state of the economy, perceptions on governance and the democratic process, and voter preferences for the 9 presidential candidates. This survey, conducted with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy, interviewed 2,024 adult Cameroonians in all ten regions. Interviews were conducted in 54 urban centers and 25 rural localities from September 10 to September 20, 2018. All interviews were conducted before the official start of presidential campaigns. This representative sample has a margin of error [...]

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