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Healthcare Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa, perhaps to a greater extent than any other region in the world, still faces a grim scenario with respect to the health of its people. While the continent has seen improvements in health outcomes, including child mortality, morbidity remains high, and many countries missed on the Millennium Development Goals targets in this area. Poor population health status is mirrored by crises in health financing and human resources for health. Most of the notable successes in the health area have been made possible in large part through development support. An example is the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This suggests that reductions in development aid in general, and health related aid in particular, could potentially jeopardise the gains made thus far. To mitigate such risk, there is a need for Africa to increasingly self-finance its development agenda, and financing of health care is no exception.

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The Somalia Capacity Building

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) has received a grant from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to undertake an institutional mapping and needs assessment to identify areas of capacity gaps. The overall purpose of this assignment was to assess Somalia’s economic and social policy needs as well as map out recent and current capacity development initiatives (programmes and projects) to effectively respond to growing demand for the Somali-Canadian diaspora community to participate in on-going Somalia development processes.


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Growth in Fragile States in Africa

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) launched a collaborative research project on Growth in Fragile and Post-Conflict countries - supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to better understand the growth dynamics in fragile and post conflict countries in Africa. The objective is to inform economic policies that promote sustainable growth and development in fragile and post-conflict states in Africa, building resilience of these countries and thus reducing chances of relapses. A call for proposals was issued in May 2015, and a total of 77 proposals were received.

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Financial Sector Development and Inclusion in Africa

Following the completion of the Framework Papers Phase of the Financial Sector Development and Inclusion in Africa project, a call for research proposals for the Country Case Studies Phase was issued in December 2015. The response to the call was extraordinary, with a total of 98 proposals received. Out of these proposals, an initial three (3) proposals were commissioned early in 2016, under the USAID/GDN grant, and they fed into the AERC Senior Policy Seminar held on 22-23 March 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Capital Flight and Tax Havens

Capital flight is a major problem in Sub-Saharan Africa as it impacts negatively on capital scarce economies. Trillions of dollars have flown out of Africa over the last four decades.  Capital flight has accelerated since 2000, a period that coincides with the commodity-driven growth resurgence in Africa.

Evidence suggests that capital flight has significantly undermined Africa’s growth and development – through the siphoning of potential investment capital out of the continent. Capital flight is a global problem requiring a global solution. However, Africa, as a major source of capital flight, needs to speak with a unified voice on this issue, and to spearhead the fight against capital flight, including the tracing and recovery of these ‘stolen’ assets. This requires that African policy makers and the broader populace fully appreciate the magnitude of the capital flight problem and its various manifestations, as well as its impacts on Africa’s development.

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