Monthly Archives: February 2019


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 [...]

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